For years, HBO Max has been below hearth for its buggy app. Right now, the streaming service’s re-platformed app accomplished its international rollout on desktop, iOS, Android, and Amazon Hearth tablets. New options embrace a shuffle button on cell, SharePlay assist for iPhone and iPad customers within the U.S., a devoted house for downloaded content material, and extra.
With the shuffle button now on cell units along with desktop and linked TV apps, customers can randomize which episode to play for choose collection on the streaming service. U.S. subscribers with an ad-free subscription can use SharePlay on their iPhone or iPad to look at HBO Max content material in sync with associates or household whereas on FaceTime.
Different updates embrace:
- A devoted house for downloaded content material
- Pill assist for each panorama and portrait orientations
- Chromecast stability enhancements
- An up to date display screen reader expertise with higher navigation parts and performance
- The power to separate screens with different apps on units that enable that
The corporate additionally stated that it upgraded the navigation and is giving customers a “refined design and visible styling to let content material shine.”
“The adjustments give our customers extra of the options they care most about, together with improved navigation and a extra immersive canvas for storytelling, serving to them click on play on their favourite content material sooner and with much less friction,” Kamyar Keshmiri, SVP, Product Design, Warner Bros. Discovery Streaming, stated in an official assertion.
The revamped cell and desktop apps imply that the corporate has completed updating apps throughout all platforms.
The adjustments started final fall when the corporate changed linked TV apps with a brand new, “extra performant tech stack.” In April, HBO Max launched an up to date app for Apple TV customers that aimed to convey stability and improved efficiency to the app. Roku, PlayStation, Android, Samsung, LG, Vizio, and extra good TV apps additionally use the brand new tech stack.
With a lack of 300,000 home subscribers in Q2, the corporate has loads of work to do. Particularly since its new streaming service is coming subsequent 12 months, merging Discovery+ and HBO Max content material. So, whereas the brand new HBO Max app shall be gone in 2023, this might assist the corporate create a greater successor app and improved expertise for its mixed subscribers.
Additionally, the brand new app comes simply in time for the “Recreation of Thrones” prequel “The Home of the Dragon,” premiering on August 21.