video apps

Google TV adds international content channels

Google TV is still available in the US only, but if you're an immigrant or expatriate longing for the soothing TV shows of home, you're in luck. Google just announced via its Google TV blog that a host of international channels are being added to the Google Play Store, specifically designed for viewing on Google TV. All the new apps feature localized content for free... just not local to their respective nations. That's right, you still have to reside in the United States (or be pretty handy with a proxy) to get to any of it.

The CW Android app means you’ll never miss The Vampire Diaries again

If you're between the ages of 13 and 25, female, American, and at least mildly interested in romance topped with fantasy and science fiction, odds are pretty good that you're a regular viewer of at least one show on The CW. While Hulu's rather antiquated views on mobile content mean you've got to pay to watch The Vampire Diaries or Gossip Girl on Hulu Plus, there's now an alternative: the official CW app. This brand-spankin' new video service brings all of the CW's original content to Android, and you won't even have to dip into your lunch money to watch it.

TED gets an official Android app

If you've watched the web-based social media circles over the last few years, even causally, odds are that you've come across the ubiquitous TED Talks at least once. The Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences host notable speakers from all walks of life to speak on topics they find important, and think others should too. While most of the content is available on YouTube or the TED website, the nonprofit organization has finally released an official Android app that allows users quick and easy access to a huge library of presentations.

Google+ updates with instant hangouts – one tap goes from text to video chat

Make no mistake, Google+ is gunning for Facebook. When a third-party app is beating most of your own apps on the Android Market, it's hard not to. But with the latest addition to the ever-growing featureset of Google+, there's one more important distinction between the two networks. You can now switch from a textual chat or comment interface to a live Hangout video chat at any time from a status update or post, whether it's on the web or the Android app. Beatboxing is not compulsory.

Google TV apps already showing up in the Android Market

That didn't take long. Just a few hours after Google's official announcement of Google TV 2.0, apps specifically designed for integrated TVs and set-top boxes have started appearing in the web version of the Android Market. You can use this URL to check them out for yourself. There's just 28 results when you specifically search "for Google TV", and not all of them are true Google TV apps.  The generic "Google TV" search shows thousands, most of which are just ordinary Android apps matching the search terms.

Sony Video Unlimited now available on Tablet S, coming to other devices

Are Netflix, HBO GO, movie rentals from the Android Market and a half-dozen other video solutions just not enough for you? Well take heart movie buff, Sony Video Unlimited is available now for the Tablet S, and it'll be coming to other Android devices soon. What's interesting here is that Sony isn't limiting its distribution to its own tablets and phones - other manufacturers will be supported as well.

HBO to GO now in the Android Market

A few weeks back, we reported that HBO to GO would be coming to the Android Market. The we didn't know when it would be coming to Android, although it was strongly hinted at May 2nd in their commercials. Well, HBO has released it early and the app is now live. Users who subscribe to the PayTV service can download it to most Android devices.

HBO coming to Android

HBO is expanding it's reach to subscribers who have Android handsets and tablets. The service, known as HBO Go, is part of HBOs "TV Everywhere" initiative and will be available on both Android (note the Motorola Droid X in the commercial below), as well as iOS platforms. It will enable users to stream content from every episode of HBO original series, as well as hit movies. In addition, Max Go, which is based on their sister network Cinemax, will also be available.

Lenovo LePhone unboxed ahead of launch in China

This Android phone quietly snuck by all of us. We first seen this device at CES and hasn’t really heard much about it since then. It’s not a bad looking device and it has a nice screen similar to that found on the nexus one. This Android device will be available in China and it has some impressive specs to boot.
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