Android phone owners can pencil in some smart updates for the iPlayer app in the next few weeks, the Beeb has promised, as everyone’s favourite public service broadcaster outlines plans to bring its Android app up to speed with its iOS equivalent.
In a post on the BBC Internet Blog, Head of BBC iPlayer Dave Price announced that work on the Android version of the app is aimed at improving the playback experience, achieving “feature parity between iOS and Android” and adding support for a variety of screen sizes”.
And the really good news for Fandroids who’ve been casting covetous glances at the iOS iPlayer app is that the first enhancements are but days away, according to Price.
He stated: “We're not going to get there overnight, however starting before Christmas and continuing over the coming months we have a series of releases that will make the BBC iPlayer experience on Android devices more appealing and engaging.”
Alas, our man appeared to rule out the option to download shows offline, which landed on iOS kits earlier this year, coming to Android in the very near future. Instead the soon-come updates will introduce an “updated UI that provides the foundations for the team to build future features”.
Also coming before Christmas is support for Android devices running Jelly Bean 4.2, which means that the LG Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD , both of which you’d expect to figure pretty highly on tech types’ present wishlists as the year draws to a close.
BBC Internet Blog