If you happen to be an Android user and also a Verizon FiOS subscriber — there is a new app you may want to grab. The app is called Verizon FiOS Mobile and it is currently available by way of the Google Play Store. Perhaps more important though, this app brings 75 channels worth of live streaming television to your smartphone or tablet.
Verizon has said the app will work with “most” devices that are running Android 2.3.3 or later. In our limited testing, the app seems to be working rather nicely on a Galaxy S III and Nexus 7. In addition to the 75 available channels, the Verizon FiOS Mobile app will also allow you to watch video-on-demand content. A few points worth mention up front include that you will need to have an HD set-top box in your home and you will need to be connected to your home network to stream live television.
In addition to watching television and VOD, this app will serve as a remote control for the set-top boxes in your home and allow you to manage the content on your DVR. You can schedule new recordings using the app, but sadly you cannot watch any of the content you have on your DVR. Also, just to clarify — while television streaming will be limited to when you are at home, you will be able to watch VOD movies from anywhere using a cellular connection (or an alternate WiFi connection).
Using the app is a fairly simple process. You will need to agree to the terms at first launch and also login using your existing FiOS account credentials. Once those have been completed, it is just a matter of tapping the icon for what you want. As you can see from the images here in the post, everything is clearly listed and pretty easy to navigate around.
The majority of the features can be found by tapping the menu icon towards the upper left corner. Otherwise, one nice feature (for those with young children) are the parental controls. These are accessible from the shield icon towards the upper right and will let you create a pin code. Bottom line here, FiOS is now letting Android users stream live television.