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June 09, 2010

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android - Up and Down

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

According to Engadget, Sling's ready with a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android (News - Alert) - "by far the biggest hole in the company's lineup of mobile players ever since the iPhone version went live."

The company says it's reduced load times, meaning" the total wait you've got from app load to the time you're actually seeing General Hospital should be less than you're accustomed to, and that's a big win in our book," Engadget says.

Android Police says you can tell Android's definitely starting to gain momentum "as more and more developers are now bringing their popular applications over to the platform. Slingbox have been working on an Android app for a while, and they've just posted a video preview over on their Facebook (News - Alert) page."

Load times are, in fact, 'lower here than we're used to," Engadget says, adding that it's especially true over Wi-Fi, "where it took as little as 1.5 seconds (give or take a tenth) from launch to live video (assuming you'd already entered your login information, of course)."

However, Engadget notes, "the beta was quite unstable on our Froyo-equipped Nexus One. Basically, we had to go into app management and press Force Stop after each time we ran SlingPlayer; pressing Home while watching TV was a particularly easy way to damn it to crashdom, but even pressing Disconnect first from within the app didn't seem to work very reliably."

As industry observer Matt Hartley notes, "I was never into the Slingbox craze. I really wasn't into video involving anything other than my satellite box until Hulu became a big deal. But now it seems that Slingbox may be positioning themselves on the Android platform in such a way so as to become a big game changer once again."

If you're not familiar with a Slingbox, Android Police explain, "It's a device that integrates with your home media center, and allows you to stream and control content from your DVR, TV, or digital cable box to software that runs on a PC or mobile device." 

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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