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Sling Media SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Available June 22nd

Sling Media SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Available June 22nd

Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile has been one of the most anticipated applications for the Android platform since it first broke cover that it would be coming to the mobile Operating System. And our expectations only grew when we got some hands-on time with the application, which we covered as extensively as we could right here. And, tonight we're happy to finally have something tangible to tell you about that upcoming release date. And yes, it's tomorrow, June 22nd.

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

Sling Media have released a brief demo of their new SlingPlayer Android client, but we fancied a better play and so managed to grab a copy of the beta for ourselves.  Loaded up on a Nexus One, the control process was just as straightforward on the Google phone's 3.7-inch display as it looks on the EVO 4G's 4.3-inch screen; picture quality is decent, and while there are a lot of on-screen controls - since they're basically recreating your full set-top box remote in the mobile client - after a little use it's all reasonably familiar.  More first impressions - and a demo video - after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Android SlingPlayer app coming this Summer [Video]

Android SlingPlayer app coming this Summer [Video]

Having teased us with the promise that they were at least considering the Android platform for their next version of SlingPlayer, the Sling Media team have confirmed to AndroidandMe that the Android client will launch Summer 2010.  Demonstrated running on a Google Nexus One and Motorola DROID, among other devices, the app will allow for remote control and streaming of content from a Slingbox over 3G and WiFi.

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Sling “didn’t change” SlingPlayer for iPhone for AT&T approval

Sling “didn’t change” SlingPlayer for iPhone for AT&T approval

Yesterday's news that SlingPlayer for iPhone was finally being allowed to use AT&T's 3G network was widely accompanied by a quote from AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega claiming that Sling Media had modified the code to suit the carrier.  Today, however, Sling Media themselves are claiming that they made no changes to the app; representative John Santoro says "we didn't change anything ... AT&T never discussed any specific requirements with us."

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SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 for iPhone makes it to App Store

SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 for iPhone makes it to App Store

Sling Media's new version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone and iPod touch, version 1.1, has been approved by Apple.  That means users of the place-shifting TV streamers can now watch footage in true widescreen, as well having native DISH Network control with a new on-device navigation app.  The new version also improves response times, so the whole experience should be snappier.

Unfortunately there's still no 3G support, so you're limited to using a WiFi connection to get your remote viewing fix.  Sling did submit a version of the SlingPlayer Mobile app to Apple which supports 3G connections, albeit intended only for international markets rather than in the US, but there's no word on whether that too has been approved or is still mired in the bowels of Cupertino.

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SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 adds native iPhone DISH control, international 3G support

SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 adds native iPhone DISH control, international 3G support

Whether or not there's PR leverage to be had in prematurely announcing your submission to Apple's App Store approval process remains to be seen, but it does give us a sneak-peak as to what's (hopefully) coming down the pipe.  Sling Media have tipped us on their latest iPhone and iPod touch app, SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1, which now includes full 16:9 widescreen support (i.e. that takes up the whole width of the display) and improved DISH Network integration.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 20 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 20 2009

We kicked off the week with a review of Sony's OLED Walkman X, coming away mighty impressed by its iPod-besting audio quality.  Equally impressive was Flip Video's Ultra HD pocket camcorder; if only we could say the same for SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone.  While on paper this media-shifting app should be a 100-percent winner, AT&T's decision to bar streaming over their 3G network has left us and many would-be users upset.

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