Comcast's First Android App Lacks Those Cooler Features

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Comcast has now released a version of the Xfinity Mobile app for Android-based smartphones — but this is the version geared around e-mail and voicemail, not the video-centric Xfinity TVapp announced last month that provides remote-control features and will offer video-on-demand access.

The free Xfinity Mobile app for Android lets you scan TV listings, watch VOD trailers, check voicemail, forward calls from a Comcast home phone number, sync your address book and access Comcast.net e-mail.

The Xfinity TV app, available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices, will be available to Android-powered devices “in the near future,” Comcast said. The Xfinity TV app, in addition to providing better TV and VOD search and discovery features, lets you use the mobile devices as a remote control although only with Motorola set-tops for now (see Comcast To Flip Video To iPad).

The ability to watch some programming on-demand from premium networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz via Xfinity TV — a feature called Play Now — will be coming in the coming weeks, Comcast president Neil Smit said today at the UBS conference, Light Reading noted.

More info on the Xfinity Mobile and Xfinity TV apps is available at www.xfinity.com/mobile-apps. The Xfinity Mobile app is supported on all devices running Android OS version 1.6 and higher.

Comcast released the original iPhone app, called Comcast Mobile, in July 2009 and it has nearly 1 million downloads (see Comcast Rings Up iPhone App). The MSO plans to rename that app with the “Xfinity Mobile” name soon.

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