Sky has confirmed its Sky Go app for Android will be made available at the end of February.
The app will allow owners of Google Android smartphones to access live broadcasts from all five Sky Sports channels, ESPN, Sky New, Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and 11 Sky Movies channels, providing they subscribe to the relevant package, from their device.
Initially, the app will only be compatible with the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S range of smartphones , as well as the HTC Sensation and the HTC Incredible S.
Furthermore, on demand access for Sky Movies from the Sky Go Android app will be made available later this year and the Sky Sports F1 channel will also be introduced across all Sky Go platforms in March.
Sky Go is the online TV service from the broadcaster that was formally known as Sky Player. Rebranded last year. It allows subscribers to the satellite TV service to watch live broadcasts from over 30 channels on their PC or Apple iOS device, 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.
Sky initially started developing an Android version of the Sky Go app at the same time that it began work on 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.
"Sky Go is all about helping more people watch the TV they love wherever and whenever it suits them, so I'm delighted to announce the roll out of Sky Go to Android. We know how much Android users have been looking forward to the launch of Sky Go on Android smartphones, and we've done everything we can to make sure that our bespoke design is worth waiting for," said Holly Knill, Head of Sky Go.
"This latest announcement is all part of the process of constant evolution that has seen Sky Go move from strength to strength over its first six months, and we look forward to bringing more developments to the service as the year progresses."