The release of SlingPlayer for Facebook reminded me that I never shared this news. I meant to post this a month ago when the press release came out, but got busy and didn’t get back to it. Sorry about that.
Like all recent SlingPlayer Mobile clients SlingPlayer for Android Tablets only works with the Slingbox SOLO and PRO-HD, older Slingboxes need not apply. If you have a SlingLoaded Dish Network ViP922 DVR or a Sling Adapter with your ViP722 you do not want to use this, you want the free Dish Remote Access app.
SlingPlayer for Tablets is designed for Android tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb or later. It is not to be confused with SlingPlayer for Phones, which is meant for devices running Android 1.6 or later. Yes, Sling has produced two different clients and not one unified client that works well on both platforms. (While you can run the phone client on a tablet it isn’t optimized for the larger screens.) That means two $29.99 purchases for those with both types of devices.
I’m not sure which client is best for phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, like the Galaxy Nexus. On the one hand some phones now have higher resolution displays – qHD or 720p – equal to many tablets, just physically smaller. And the OS has the features to support the tablet player. I suppose you can try the tablet player out and use the 15 minute return window for a refund if it doesn’t work well. Leave a comment and let us know how it works if you try it.
Back before the release Sling posted this video preview: