APP WATCH: SlingPlayer Mobile comes to Android handsets

Personally, we think Sling Media has missed a trick here. With a good chunk of the World Cup already played, it has launched SlingPlayer Mobile for Android phones. We suspect a launch two weeks back would have really caught the imagination of the office-bound football fan. Then again, it's a US-based company, so perhaps 'soccer' is not a priority.

But all is not lost and plenty of football is still to be played. So if you have a Slingbox Solo, Pro or Pro-HD (or you are willing to invest in one), the SlingPlayer Mobile application for Android is waiting for you. It offers your home TV set-up in your pocket, with the app teaming up with the Slingbox over 3G or Wi-Fi connection for watching live and recorded TV anywhere in the world. You can even schedule recordings of new programs from your Android smartphone, should you have forgotten about Mock The Week this week.

According to Sling, the new app has faster startup and control response times, it works among a variety of Android based mobile phones (check the site for compatibility) and has a new user interface that gives quick-touch access to the most 'critical' controls and recently viewed channels.

All of that for the UK equivalent of $29.99 right now.

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