United Airlines Expands In-Flight Entertainment To Android Devices

Travelers who use Android devices hoping to catch a movie on their next United Airlines flight finally have the same opportunity already afforded to their Apple counterparts.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the airline officially extended its onboard streaming service to include the devices nearly eight months after the program first began.

Initially, the airline’s free on-demand video entertainment service was only available to travelers using laptops and Apple devices.

Travelers must download the United app from the Google Play or Apple App store in order to watch United’s selection of free TV shows and movies while in flight.

Currently, United has almost 200 United mainline aircraft offering the personal device entertainment service.

Officials with United say they plan to extend the service to most United and United Express aircraft by late 2015.

“Travelers increasingly want to watch entertainment on their own devices, as shown by the measurable improvement in satisfaction among travelers who fly on aircraft with personal device programming,” Tom O’Toole, United’s senior vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of its frequent-flier program MileagePlus tells the Tribune.

United Airlines extends onboard streaming to Android devices [Chicago Tribune]

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