Apr 17 AT 12:30 PM Matt Demers 10 Comments

Boxee headed to Android


In an interview with the LA Times, Boxee CEO Avner Ronen has announced that the service is looking to expand into the mobile market, which includes an app for Android. Ronen expressed an interest in breaking into both the mobile and upcoming Android-based tablets.

Billed as a “social media centre”, Boxee is a flexible platform that allows users to organize content on their computer while watching video pulled from online sources. Users can attach different accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) to their Boxee service, which allows for social posting across a variety of networks.

Netflix users can also sync their accounts to view Watch Instantly video, as well as manage their queue. A mobile app would presumably allow for a smaller version of the Boxee experience, with less features.

Ronen is looking to beat competitor Hulu to the punch, saying that Boxee is trying “to get something very basic very quickly out there.”

Currently Android users can download the unofficial Boxee WiFi Remote in the Android Market but Ronen’s statements have us excited about a more full-featured Boxee experience.

Source: The LA Times

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    This has probably something to do with the rumors about Google TV.

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      it does have something to do with Google Tv.
      this is what Boxee tweeted (it also appeared on the bottom of the boxee website)

      “watched the Google TV demo. more complementary than competitive. we should start working on Boxee Android App for TV… :)”

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    This would be truly awesome.
    I’m assuming that it would work mainly as an internet media gateway, as it does now, so I wonder what will be available in lieu of a lot of flash media. I can’t wait to see what they pull out of their hats :)

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