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Sky Go for Android to launch 'in the coming months'

Broadcaster says Android users will be able to watch live broadcasts on their device

Sky has revealed it will launch an Android version of its Sky Go app "in the coming months".

Sky Go is the online TV service from the broadcaster that was formally known as Sky Player. Rebranded earlier this year, Sky Go allows subscribers to the satellite TV service to watch live broadcasts from over 30 channels on their PC, along with thousands of hours of on-demand TV shows and movies from channels including Sky 1,Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Nickelodeon. Generally, users will have access to content from the same channels that are included in their package. Furthermore, non Sky subscribers can purchase a Sky Go Monthly Ticket, which starts from £15 per month for the entertainment package and rises to £40 a month for the sports, movies and entertainment package. It provides access to live broadcasts of the channels in the package selected as well as access to movies and TV shows on demand.

The free Sky Go app for Apple's iPhone and iPad extends the live broadcasts functionality to these devices. Users of the app also get access to Sky Sports1 and 2 from their iOS device. However, a similar app for devices running Google Android has yet to be released.

The broadcaster told Techradar: "Sky Go on Android, it will be launching in the coming months". In September this year, Sky told members of its forums it was working to develop a version of the Sky Go application for Android devices and hoped "to have it available later this year".

Sky revealed it had begun developing the Android Sky Go app at the same time that they started developing the iPhone app, but because of the uniformed iOS that runs across iPhones, iPads and iPod's, developing the app for Apple devices was quicker and easier to complete.

"The Android platform is more fragmented with a wide range of different devices that have differing hardware and different versions of the Android OS so it takes longer for us to build and test for this," the broadcaster added.

During is financial results released in October, Sky revealed the online TV-on-demand service, has around 1.6 million viewers.

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