July 06, 2011

Virgin launch Android App

Check out Jason's blog for details on the Virgin Media Android TV Guid App, including the ability to remote record TiVo.

14 comments:

aycliffe_angel said...

Have downloaded and tried the app - it's not bad, a little slow, but the romote TiVo record functionality is spot on! This is going to be a really handy little app, I often see advertisements for programs in magazines and on mates TV's whilst I'm out, and I always forget to set things to record when I get home! With this functionality, I can set things to record straight away. Cool!

BK said...

good app so far...
just a bit of a pain to go directly to a channel- too much scrolling.
looks promising tho

Moroboshi said...

Android, not iOS? Well that's on the odd side, to say the least.

Neil Gillibrand said...

It's not odd. Android has 51% of the smartphone market, ios has 36%.

The apps a good idea but far to slow and cumbersome when seeing what's on later that day. I have a HTC desire hd so perhaps the big screen is the reason, but I find the web based guide easier to use and I can remote record through it.

But really happy to see the app and lets hope it improves with time.

Coops said...

I think th only reason they released the android app out first is not because android holds the market share they are getting close but are still behind in every static out there. Virgin do not have access to selling Apple phones via there mobile division and have an agreement with Android to resell theres that is the reason, they will release the Apple app soon as it makes sense for them to.

sibod said...

Android may have higher marketshare, but in terms of sales and downloads of apps, it's way behind, as iOS users tend to be more 'app savvy' whereas Android purchasers tend to not even realise it has 'apps' or want to use them.

Every statistic has shown that it's virtually impossible to make money on the Android store, whereas it's relatively easy on ios - which is why so few games are released on Android, and most Anrdroid apps are free and stuffed with adverts.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/27/distimo_app_store_report/

Neil Gillibrand said...

And this is a free app, so what's your point?

Android having more free apps isn't a bad thing for consumers, only the makers. Except, if those free apps have ads then the app makers are still making money, but the consumer pays less - or nothing. It's win, win.

I also read recently that Android apps are expected to over take Apple apps by the Autumn. But of course, if there all free then that's bad....

Don't forget as well that I-Phones have been around longer than Android. They have had a bigger and longer exposure to the app makers. but given the fees makers have to pay to Android is less than to Apple it's all going to change.

Chuck in the Amazon app store (exclusively Android) in the US, which should be in the UK soon, and you have a game changer.

To suggest it's strange that an app is Android only (for the moment) is just burying your head in the sand.

And to suggest Android owners don't know what apps are or that their phones have them is just insulting. Android, until very recently, wasn't talked about much in mainstream. it suffered from the iPod disease where people would go "do you own an MP3 player?" and would be told "no, I have an Ipod".

People who bought Android phones were people who understood smartphones and realised you could get better, for less, than an iPhone. People who said to themselves "smart phone, sounds good - online all the time? fantastic! What do you mean it can't run flash?" And did a bit of research and bought an Android phone instead.

Neil Gillibrand said...

Oh, and what you have to realise is that by definition an Apple purchaser has no care about wasting there money - hence they will spend more on apps.

If they did, they wouldn't buy them in the first place.

Apple = suckers and rich people with more care about status than quality.

Android = technologically savvy and less prone to spending £200 on a pair of shoes.

sibod said...

@Neil Gillibrand

Whatever helps you sleep at night :-)

Richard said...

Actually android available to see now makes sense...
iOS apps need to be approved via apple before going on app store, so takes time.
Android can be released whilst being developed, either as betas or with less functions turned.

However, if any android owner strata complaining about buggy app and TiVo not working, they ain't getting my sympathy.

Vm were public about developing aps for multiple mobile platforms so not sure what the big deal is.

There is nothing in this about which has Market share, just about ease of getting stuff to Market which is an apple thing not vm thing.

Btw... These reports are US figures, the world is not USA... Europe are different and india is different again. The other thing is these numbers are 'shipped' not sold. Different meaning. Lots of products never get out of the store!!!

I won't go into the detail but android are not as big as you think, BUT they are BIG.

Adam said...

Surely the reason there is no iOS remote record app is that that functionality will come in the bigger Virgin Tivo app already confirmed by Virgin media coming this year in that it allows you to scroll listings, change channels, control your Tivo box etc and of course set items to record. This is currently being converted from the standard US version to a Virgin specific version after which we'll see it on the app store. I don't see much point in writing a separate remote record app as well.....

Square eyes said...

what is everyones problem

android or IOS

You don't need either if you have a VM online account setup. just access the TV guide through your VM online account and it already knows you have tivo and choose to record whatever you want....

I do agree though Neil - its a free app, what the issue, and there is a release coming for e iphone - but again not needed really.

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Crashes on Galaxy Tab! Awful app

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