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Android & iPad iPlayer apps available now

Android & iPad iPlayer apps available now

The long-awaited BBC iPlayer apps for the iPad and Android phones have hit the respective devices’ app markets today.

Both versions of the free-to-download apps offer live streaming of BBC TV and radio shows over a Wi-Fi connection. When 3G mobile broadband is being used the app will allow browsing only.

The iPad iteration showcases a wholly new and rather slick tablet optimised interface that’s considerably easier to use and prettier than the web app that preceded it. Other features include a specially designated ‘For You’ page that highlights content that there’s a good chance you’ll like based on your previous viewing habits. You can also compile a list of your favourite shows in a handy bar at the top of the screen and check back there to catch up on any instalments you might have missed.

Android users who want to get on board with the app must own a handset running the 2.2 version of the software or above. That covers most recent phones running Google’s platform, with the notable exception of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 range.

As yet, there’s no word on when the iPhone version will appear.

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