The keynote at this year’s Google I/O developer conference was chalk full of great information about where the company is now and provided a view into the Goog’s overarching strategic vision moving forward. An area of interest for Android’s future will be streaming content. Sundar Punchai, Google’s head of Android and Chrome, had much to say regrading this topic. One thing that was not mentioned is that you can now get 50% off a Nexus Player when you order 3 months of Sling TV from Dish. Pretty cool right? Android has always been a conduit for Google’s services. Putting more hardware in the hands, and living rooms, of end users is a good thing for the company. Moreover, more streaming services is something that should be exciting for the cord-cutting generation. However, of the content delivery services that Android lacks has been HBO.
Due to an agreement with the folks in Cupertino, HBO Now launched as an Apple exclusive. I’m happy to report the period of exclusivity will soon be over, and HBO Now is coming to Android this summer. The app will launch with Chromecast support. This is huge for the ~17million Chromecast users out there. Many of these users will finally be able to cut the cord around June 21st; the same time True Detective is set to start its second season. Also available this summer will be HBO Now and Go for Android TV devices.