Tata Sky Mobile Access now available for Android platform

By Shibani Gharat , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Digital | October 21, 2011
After being made available across Apple devices, Tata Sky Mobile Access is now available across various Android phones.

Direct to home service provider Tata Sky has launched Tata Sky Mobile Access for the Android platform. In July, the company had launched this application only for Apple devices.

The app makes a universal remote control out of an Android phone. In addition, similar to the application on iPhone, the subscribers can use the app to access four-day programme listings, read extended information for movies, search for programmes based on title, and set their favourite shows for recording. This app also allows subscribers to share what they are watching on TV through social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It also permits subscribers to view which shows are currently being watched by their friends on TV via Facebook, thus helping them decide what to watch.

Speaking on the launch, Vikram Mehra, chief marketing officer, Tata Sky, tells afaqs! that it is a unique offering, and that no other DTH service provider has such a facility in place for users. "Android is an open source platform, and this app is compatible across the hardware."

The app functions on Android 2.2 or higher variations, and is available for free for HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Nexus S, and Galaxy Tab. The Universal Remote functionality works on all Android 2.2 devices -- in conjunction with the MP3 Mobile Accessory.

"More and more people are buying smartphones today. When we asked our consumers what they do on their smartphones, the most common answers that we got were updating statuses on Facebook or Tweeting, finding movie promos on YouTube, and reading reviews on Wikipedia. We wanted all this to converge into one app," he adds.

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