As promised from CES, TiVo has released a brand new Android app. While it looks similar to the app it replaces, it’s been “redesigned from the ground up” — which surely accounts for the much faster interaction. OnePass integration and What To Watch also make appearances, closing the platform parity gap with iPhone and iPad. As with the prior TiVo Android app, it’s still streaming-only from Roamio Plus, Roamio Pro, and Stream units… with downloads expected later this year. Most exciting for a number of customers, at least for the time being, is a newfound compatibility with rooted devices.
Attention people with rooted Android phones & TiVo streaming: TiVo app completely redesigned and streams with no issues!
— Rob (@RobTheIc0n) March 25, 2015
Sadly, as with Amazon Instant, to move the platform forward TiVo Series 3/HD owners have been left behind. For the time being, those on older platforms looking to review their guide and schedule recordings are being directed to the new, old “TiVo Classic” app download on Google Play.
Beyond code cleanup and perhaps new personnel, what might else motivate TiVo to rewrite the Android app? I can’t help but hope this foreshadows a Nexus Player or Fire TV app…