Mar 18 AT 4:13 PM Clark Wimberly 25 Comments

Sling shoots onto Android devices this Summer

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Well, as you may have heard by now, Sling is on its way to Android. The other night at the gdgt live Austin we got a chance to see the live video streaming service in action.

The SlingPlayer app from Sling Media will play video from and allow you to control your home media center over 3G or WiFi. The app controls a Slingbox, a piece of hardware that sits in your home and relays your media to anywhere you’ve got signal. The app can change the channel and even control the DVR.

They had the SlingPlayer running on a Nexus One, a Motorola Droid, a Samsung Behold 2, and an iPhone. The Android UI wasn’t quite done but was expected to function similarly to the iPhone app.

They expect to be ready to launch by this Summer so we should be seeing some live video in your hand within just a few months.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  1. ScuffGuest 5 years ago

    YAHOO! I hope this happens. I’ve been a Sling-Pimp for a while now. I can’t live without mine especially when I travel.

    When the iPhone first came out, users were pushing for an iPod SB client, it took over a year to get to market. When it did however, users were told that they would be restricted to using SB over Wifi but not 3G. Needless to say, they were pissed.

    SB users with Droids were hoping for an Android client, but the early rumors were that it would never happen. Perhaps the folks at Sling Media took a look at the recent Droid vs. iPhone initial sales report that was just put out by Flurry

  2. ronabongGuest 5 years ago

    Looks hella slow (choppy) on the N1. And the video is not even full screen? But it better than nothing. =)

  3. Great! I’ve had a Slingbox Pro since it launched, and it’s been incredibly useful.

  4. ubuntuheroGuest 5 years ago

    Has Sling been hiding for the past four years because I distinctly remember the same technology being touted on the Sony Ericsson w950i running the now defunct symbian UIQ platform.

  5. ubuntuheroGuest 5 years ago

    Sony Ericsson w950i running Sling

    m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=WFGCIgoBniQ

  6. kwikGuest 5 years ago

    wonder if it will cost $30 like the iPhone app.

  7. queensnewbieGuest 5 years ago

    About F’in time… 2 years ago sling wanted to first “gage” how Android would do in the smarthphone market. Well smart guys, you are now seriously behind the curve.

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  9. CatalinGuest 5 years ago

    We may assume it will cost $30 like the iPhone app because it has the same functionality but we shall see. Here are the demos.

    Iphone demo:
    http://www.thehdstandard.com/iphone/slingplayer-on-the-iphone/

    Android demo:
    http://www.thehdstandard.com/hardwaresoftware-solutions-for-streaming/sling-on-the-android/

    Catalin
    Professional Streaming Consultant

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