Sky+ Android review: Sky+ Remote Record Android

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The Good Free; does the job; looks almost as nice as the iPhone version.

The Bad No 'grid' view; error messages not clear enough.

The Bottom Line Looks very similar to the iPhone version, but without the grid view for a channel when you rotate the phone to landscape mode. But it works well, and it's essential for Sky+ and Sky+HD owners.

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iPhone owners have had access to Sky's 'remote record' functionality for some time now. If you've never used it, then we should explain that the service allows you to trigger your Sky+ or Sky+HD recorder to remote record TV programmes on your set-top-box. 

The Sky application has finally come to Android and the good news is it's free. At first glance it appears to work exactly the same, but let's take a closer peek at the app and see how it works.

Unclear error messages

We tried scheduling some recordings to take place in the next 30 minutes, which failed. We saw a selection of different error messages, but none was especially clear. In the end, it turns out that the planner needs at least 30 minutes notice to record anything. If you try scheduling things sooner, the service might not have sufficient time to communicate with your set-top-box. The solution is simple: don’t schedule recordings within 30 minutes of the start time.

Grid view

On the iPhone, rotating the device into its horizontal landscape view causes the Sky+ app to switch to a grid view for the channels. This shows you what's on at a given time and allows you to scroll through the listings with the swipe of a finger. This functionality is missing from the Android version, which is a bit of a shame. 

However, there are plenty of other ways to find a programme, including the search, or simply by selecting the channel, and then using the day buttons at the top of the screen. You can see programme schedules for seven days in advance with this system, which is likely to be enough for most people.

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