More Proof That Android Is Still Playing Catch Up To iPhone

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Part of the problem with owning an Android phone is that it’s rare to get the latest and greatest apps first.That’s because developers tend to favour iOS, launching their apps on Apple’s platform first. If it does well on the iPhone, then developers will consider expanding to Android. 

We’ve heard this same story countless times from developers.

The latest example of this trend? HBO finally updated its popular HBO GO app on Android this weekend to support more Android phones. The app lets you stream full episodes of HBO shows if you already subscribe to the network through your cable or satellite provider.

And HBO GO still isn’t compatible with Android tablets.

HBO GO launched on iPhone and iPad more than a year ago. 

It’s not the first big-name streaming app to take a long time to reach Android. Netflix and Hulu Plus took several months to make the move to Android. Even now, Hulu Plus won’t work on many Android phones and tablets.

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