An iPlayer app for Android phones will hit Google’s software store later this week, it has been confirmed, just days after the Beeb announced an iPad edition is landing this Thursday.
The impending release of the Android take on the catch-up TV service app was announced by BBC General Manager of Future Media and Technology Daniel Danker in the company’s Internet blog.
Key features of the app are in line with the iPad version, meaning it’ll offer the option to watch live TV and listen to radio, as well as the chance to access the full catalogue of BBC catch-up programmes.
As with the version for Apple’s slate, streaming content on an Android phone will only be possible over a Wi-Fi connection. When 3G mobile broadband is being used, the app is for browsing only.
Moreover, only phones running Android 2.2 or above will be able to use the app – due to the fact that only these are compatibile with Flash 10.1. While that ought to cover most of you Fandroids out there, it does mean that if you’ve got an Xperia X10 handset, you’re going to be out in the cold.
Danker stated: “We're just applying the finishing touches to the apps as we speak, and all things being well we plan to have Android and iPad apps in stores by the end of the week.”
“Having stuck our toe in the water last year with the iPad…this new native app is a significant improvement on the existing experience and it's great to be on the Android platform too.”
BBC Internet Blog