HBO Updates Go App, Now Supports Jelly Bean on Android July 25, 2012 Whether you've been one of those people who wants to pay for HBO (and just HBO) without any other cable package to worry about aka, you're a Game of Thrones fan or whether you've been a die-hard supporter of HBO's shows with your eyeballs and your wallet, you have something in common with the other group. Namely, both of you have been unable to tune in to HBO's official streaming app for its shows, HBO Go, if you've been rocking a Jelly Bean-equipped device. This affects smartphone users to different degrees, depending on when your phone's specific manufacturer or carrier has given the green light for an upgrade to Android 4.1 (the aforementioned Jelly Bean). As of this article's writing, Google's official stats indicate that only 0.8 percent of all Android devices accessing the company's Google Play marketplace at some point within the two weeks before today are running the latest version of the Android OS. But if you're a member of the "one percent," as it were, then you'll be happy to know that a new update to HBO Go now allows the app to work on Jelly Bean Android devices and that includes Google's recently released tablet, the Nexus 7. HBO had actually released its Jelly Bean-friendly update two days ago but, for reasons unknown, Android 4.1 support didn't actually appear to work on a number of Jelly Bean devices. A new update to the HBO Go app has since hit Google Play, unlocking the app's streaming capabilities for all Android devices to partake in. HBO Go is currently a free app, but it only works as long as you have an existing cable subscription to HBO. That's been a sticking point for some fans especially those contributing to the "Take My Money HBO" website who would prefer to be able to pay for direct access to HBO programming without having to purchase it as part of a cable or satellite TV package. Unfortunately, it appears as if that's not going to be a realistic option in the near future a fact confirmed by representatives behind HBO's official Twitter account. As reported by TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler, HBO would likely be able to receive more money from interested a la carte subscribers than the average amount it makes from its existing subscribers to the tune of $12 per month versus approximately $7 or $8. However, that wouldn't be able to cover the amount of money it would cost HBO to build out its streaming infrastructure nor the amount of money HBO would lose by hacking off its distributors (and killing its cable subscriber count) with a standalone offering. For the top stories in tech, follow us on Twitter at @PCMag.
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