HBO Max finishes rolling out its much-needed app redesign

It took nearly a year, but HBO Max’s app should (hopefully) be more enjoyable to use. Warner Bros. Discovery has completed the rollout of its redesigned app for desktop, Android, and iOS, offering a more intuitive interface, a performance boost, and some arguably overdue features. For example, it finally supports tablets in both portrait and portrait modes. You’ll also find a dedicated video download page, split-screen support, SharePlay (on Apple devices in the US), and a shuffle button on mobile.

The move ends a long and painful saga. In its rush to launch HBO Max, WarnerMedia built the original app on the same foundations as its aging Go and Now apps. The result was frankly a mess – it was buggy, sluggish, and otherwise less polished than software from competing services. While the new app won’t convince you to sign up yourself, it might reduce any shyness.

The timing is far from ideal. Warner Bros. recently confirmed that it will be merging HBO Max and Discovery+ into one service next summer. The app you see today won’t last long. With this in mind, the redesign promises a better starting point for the new platform.

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