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BBC Iplayer will get Android 4.2 support in time for Christmas

BBC wants Android app up to speed with IOS counterpart
Thu Dec 13 2012, 16:00
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BRITISH BROADCASTER the BBC has revealed that its Iplayer app will get support for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in time for Christmas, to bring the app up to speed with its IOS counterpart.

In a blog post on Wednesday, head of BBC Iplayer David Price said that the firm is working hard to improve its Android app.

As well as updating the app to support the newest version of Google's mobile operating system, which means that the app will work with the Google Nexus 4 and Kindle Fire HD, Price said that the BBC wants to improve its app's support for different sized Android devices.

Price said, "Rather than use the one-size-fits-all approach that has worked on IOS we are grouping Android devices into classifications based on their capabilities.

"For example, for devices which don't support advanced video playback we will have to deliver lower quality video streams. For devices with bigger screens and capable of advanced playback we'll enable high quality video encodes along the lines of those on IOS devices."

Price added that the BBC will prioritize the most popular Android devices going forward, but added that it's not going to be a quick job.

He said, "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." µ


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