October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am #8202
Hi, My husband is thinking of going from an iPad to the Nexus 7, but has concerns on the availability of apps. He uses Sky Sports News/Fantasty Football Manager and at present can run them successfully on an Apple device. Does anyone know if these and the various TV iPlayers are now available for the Nexus ? We’re new to this so all help gratefully received.November 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm #8576
iPlayer has been updated so that it does work with the Nexus 7 without having to mess about (it was possible to get running before but you had to follow some steps).
I’m not sure about other companies’ apps, I’ll try and have a go and see what’s working. I know that 4OD was working through the browser after manually installing Flash.
The only other one I can personally verify is TV Catchup which works fine, this app gives you live streaming of all free view channels (but no catchup facility). It works very well and looks great.
I’d be fairly certain that the other apps will be upgraded to be compatible at some point (if not already). There are just too many Android users out there to ignore and all new devices will be coming with the new version.
Anyone else know for sure if eg 4OD, ITV player or SKY work?November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm #8914
Most of the Sky news apps work fine on the Nexus, however Sky Go – which allows you to view Sky programs) will not work. There are no promises of when or whether this will work.
BBC’s iPlayer is a little better in that you can use for streaming programs (ie you have Internet connection) but unfortunately you cannot download programs to watch offline as you can with a PC and presumably with the iPad.
Both of these issues are due to the lack of robust digital rights management features in Android and will probably affect the other players such as 4od in a similar way.
This is one of the few downsides for an otherwise excellent tablet. I would heartily recommend the Nexus to someone new to the tablet world but fear it might be a bit of a disappointment to someoneone used to the iPad world.November 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm #8948
Yes, the iPad app can download iPlayer content for offline viewing. Whilst this sounds good, when I tried it I discovered you had to have the app open and had to watch whilst the content downloaded. Slowly. So you can only download one thing at a time and have to keep the app open and wait to do the next download. Very frustrating and a very poor user experience (yet journalists will insist on telling us how iPad apps are so intuitive and easy..).
Contrast with my 4 year old Samsung Media player (with a bespoke Sammy OS). I could download a weeks worth of viewing in one go on my PC and sync it in minutes. It cost £80! So again, the iPad experience is poorer and more expensive.
Still, as above, Android has some way to go too…November 4, 2012 at 9:27 am #9472
Hi got 100s of mags in epub format but screen size too small only fills half screen and can’t enlarge pages or zoom can u recommend an app.Also any news when google play mag app available in uk,ta.November 4, 2012 at 9:48 am #9478
Hi, try Aldiko, its free on Google play. It reads epubs – although I use it for books rather than mags. All the mags that I read on my N7 are in PDF format and I use Acrobat reader, again that’s free and works well with resizing gestures to allow one to bring up bits of smaller text. You can always try converting them to a different ebook format if necessary using Calibre. That will only run on a PC / /laptop, but it’s free and will handle batch conversions.January 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm #25441
Old thread (I’m here clearing up spam, thanks for the note) but will just add that Google Magazines are now available in the UK.