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BBC releases Iplayer app for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

It's about time
Mon Oct 22 2012, 10:01
BBC iPlayer

THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC) has finally released a version of its Iplayer TV streaming app for Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

The app has been unavailable on devices that run the Android operating system, including tablets like the Asus Nexus 7, meaning that users have had to watch BBC content using their web browsers.

This has not always been easy since Flash was removed from the app store. The BBC countered this recently with the release of its own media player software that allows users to view the Iplayer over Chrome, for example. When it launched that, the BBC said that an updated app would follow, and it has delivered.

Anyone who wants to watch Iplayer content on their Nexus 7 tablet, for instance, will have to install both the app and the BBC media player software.

The BBC is light on details about the update, and only says that it has released it and "Improved video performance".

You can watch Iplayer over WiFi or a 3G connection. It depends on your phone contract, but for most people the former will probably make the most sense.

We watched a bit of Strictly Come Dancing on a Nexus 7 over a WiFi connection and the quality wasn't great. And we aren't talking about just the dancing. µ


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