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Android 2.2 gets iPlayer

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Android 2.2 gets iPlayer

Android users who download the latest 2.2 version of Google's operating system will be able to enjoy all of the on-demand video action they can handle via the newly updated BBC iPlayer service.

Currently, the Google Nexus One is the only phone officially running Android 2.2, aka Froyo. However, others will eventually follow suit, with the HTC Desire a prime candidate for the update.

The arrival of iPlayer on Android 2.2 is significant is because it will be harnessing the power of the new Flash 10.1 software, which can stream high quality video seamlessly from browser-based players.

Would-be viewers will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to get iPlayer working on Android 2.2 and the BBC has said that only smartphones with powerful processors can get the most from the service.

The 1GHz chip sitting within the Nexus One should prove to be ideal for streaming, packing more than enough clock cycles to get the job done.

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