After more than a year, SlingPlayer for Android finally gets updated


While SlingPlayer is a great service that many people swear by, their mobile efforts — particularly in the Android space — haven’t been very inspiring. For starters, their app costs an obnoxious amount of money. To make things worse they went almost a year and a half without updating it even though the app was littered with bugs.

Well, the spell has finally broken — the company’s developers have finally been able to release an upgrade in the Google Play Store. There’s nothing groundbreaking to behold here, but for tablets we do get the ability to set program reminders by long pressing on a program, fixes for the UI on the Nexus 7 (tablet version), and quicker remote responsiveness in HQ mode.

For smartphones there’s a bit more to it with a new look and feel, the addition of a program guide, the ability to set reminders via long-pressing, and “significant” improvements to picture quality in HQ mode on devices with Android 4.0 and higher.

Unfortunately the ugly price of $30 for the tablet version and $30 for the smartphone version still remain, but if that sits well with you then be sure to find your download at the link ahead. [Play Store Phones | Tablets]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I assume this is in preparation for the launch of Slingbox 300 and 500. :)

  2. There is no worse company than Slingbox. I bought the hardware (which is still pretty crazy expensive), hook it up to MY network (of which I pay the bill), and they still want me to fork over money to buy the required software. Then they say that they are phasing out my hardware, and to continue using the $30 app I need to upgrade. And they charge you to call their support line.

    The product is nice, but the continual disrespect/nickel and diming of their customers is outrageous. If not for the greed, I would have gladly upgraded my hardware, but they can take a hike.

  3. It still needs more fine-grained control over the bandwidth it uses, so it doesn’t massacre your data plan. I have the desktop version set to stream at ~160 kbps, and all I’m finding in this version is “standard quality” and “high quality”. With this update, at least it will show you how much it is using.

  4. Simple. Buy it, titanium backup, refund it.

    It’s not like they fix bugs in updates. I bought their app at release, used it a little before I went from a cable box to a HTPC, so now it has no use to me. Companies like this deserve to be worked over. Normally I wouldn’t say to do this, but they deserve it for how they treat their customers.

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