VEVO launched a music video app for iOS in August, letting users stream videos and interviews, sort by artists or lists, or search the directory. Now VEVO is also available for Android — and while the apps are nearly identical in most respects, there are two ways that I think the Android version might actually be a little better.
First up, neither the Android or iOS app has a dedicated search button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. You have to click the “More” tab to pull it up. That’s an extra click every time you want to find a video that’s not on one of the featured lists, which for many people is going to be all the time. But if you have an Android device with a dedicated search button, all you have to do is tap it from any screen to bring up the search dialog.
The second improvement is a bit of a mixed bag. There’s a HQ button on each video. This is great, because it gives you the option of watching a lower quality video to save bandwidth or tapping the HQ button for better video quality. On the down side, videos always seem to start in low quality mode, which means you’ll be tapping this a lot if you’re on a WiFi connection and care more about quality than bandwidth.
VEVO was created by Sony, Universal, and the Abu Dhabi Media Company and has a pretty good selection of music videos available — although it seems to be subject to change. Some of the videos I found when reviewing the iOS app last year no longer appear to be available today. But it does look like most, if not all of the videos available on the VEVO web site are available from the mobile apps.
VEVO for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.
via Download Squad