I know it's not the Game of Thrones season, but some people still watch HBO. It has some other things that are worth looking at, they have told me. The HBO applications for Android are receiving important updates today with suggested series in the search, as well as a lot of Android TV enhancements. However, the selection of HBO applications is a little intricate.

There are three HBO applications, and all are receiving an update. Which one you use depends on how you get your subscription and what device you are using. There is an Android TV application for GO with the following changes.

  • The search page now comes with recommended HBO series and movies.
  • Added support for Android TV Voice Assistant, so you can access playback controls and search using the microphone button on your remote control.
  • Added support for Android TV Launcher (Android 8.0 Oreo only), so you can continue watching series or movies in progress, directly from the Watch Next channel on your home screen.
  • The watchlist now shows most recently added items first.
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements.

Voice search functionality will be useful, but it is strange that the following display is limited to Oreo. There is almost no Android TV hardware running yet. If you see HBO on your Android TV through a NOW subscription, you can use the usual NOW application. This is the same one that runs on phones and tablets. The change log for that is the same as the previous one. If you use HBO GO on your phone or tablet but not on Android TV, you need the usual GO application. It has a different change record.

  • The search page now comes with recommended HBO series and movies. This is a real time saving, so you can continue and rotate the frozen pizza halfway through cooking.
  • The watchlist now shows first the items added recently.
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements.

The new features are at least consistent on all devices. Grab the device that matches your subscription and device, and you should have a better search discovery and voice search.

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