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July 12, 2011

Comcast Introduces Xfinity TV for Android, Intros Latest Version

By Carrie Schmelkin, TMCnet Web Editor

The Android OS just keeps getting cooler.

Today, Comcast (News - Alert) Xfinity TV announced that its Xfinity TV apps, touted for presenting a “revolutionary new way to watch TV, are now available for Android (News - Alert) Honeycomb tablets and Gingerbread smartphones, instead of just the iOS platform. The Xfinity TV apps allow customers to browse TV listings by area, schedule DVR recordings, change channels, filter and search for their favorite shows and movies and browse On Demand libraries.

At the time that the first version was released, Neil Smit (News - Alert), president of Comcast Cable, said in a statement, “This Xfinity TV app is part of a much larger effort to reinvent the way consumers interact with their televisions by transforming the way they search, navigate, discover and share entertainment. The remote control hasn't changed in years and this app will enable millions of consumers to instantly search thousands of live TV and On Demand choices and also watch the best content whenever and wherever they want."

The Xfinity TV platform first gained in popularity when Xfinity TV customers noticed that with the app they were able to turn their iPads into giant TV remotes. With Comcast Xfinity TV’s latest expansion plans, the free app will now work on Android smartphones and tablets, including Android 3.1 tablets with a 1280 by 800 resolution.

Just a few months ago, TMCnet reported that the Xfinity TV app was improved to version 1.5, which let the app be used on iPhones and iPods – not just Apple’s iPad.

iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod Touch users can now stream over 4,500 hours of content from Comcast’s Xfinity On-Demand video service with the app over WiFi,” reported Ubergizmo at the time.

Despite advances to the applications, however, reports indicated that some users were experiencing crashes when using the newer version.

This week, Comcast Xfinity TV announced that is has updated its application to version 1.5.3 for the iPad and iPhone, which addresses important customer-reported issues such as reliability and stability.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Chris DiMarco