HBO Max Delivers New Mobile And Desktop Apps

HBO Max says it’s completed the roll out of a new user experience on desktop, iOS and Android mobile devices, and Amazon Fire tablets, where available globally. 

The replatformed app purportedly delivers highly requested new features from HBO Max fans and marks the conclusion of moving all HBO Max apps to a new, more performant tech stack, a process that started with replacing connected TV applications in September.

New features available in the updated HBO Max mobile and desktop application include:

  • Shuffle button functionality expansion to mobile devices. Previously only available on the desktop and CTV experiences, this feature gives users the ability to randomize the first episode that plays for select series on the platform.
  • SharePlay support for iPhone and iPad users (U.S. only): Subscribers in the U.S. with an ad-free plan and an iPhone or iPad can now use SharePlay to watch their favorite HBO Max programs in sync with friends and family while on a FaceTime call.
  • A dedicated home for downloaded content with improved performance and stability
  • Tablet support for both landscape and portrait orientations 
  • An enhanced screen reader experience with improved navigation elements and functionality
  • The ability to split screens with other apps on any behavior-supported mobile device
  • Updated, intuitive navigation 
  • A refined design and visual styling to let content shine
  • Chromecast stability improvements

“We are delighted to introduce the revamped HBO Max mobile and desktop apps,” says Kamyar Keshmiri, senior vice president, Product Design, Warner Bros. Discovery Streaming. “The changes give our users more of the features they care most about, along with improved navigation and a more immersive canvas for storytelling, helping them click play on their favorite content faster and with less friction.”

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