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BBC releases iPlayer Radio app for Android devices

Like the iOS app, but better
Wed Apr 24 2013, 12:15

THE BBC has released its iPlayer Radio app for Android devices, promising a smooth experience and an easy to use interface.

James Simcock, executive producer for mobile in BBC Radio blogged about the release on the BBC website, saying that in his opinion it has a number of improvements over the iOS alternative.

"This app has all the features of the iOS app as well as some improvements that, as an Android user myself, I think make it even better," he said.

"For the very first time this app is now also available on tablets including the very popular Amazon Kindle Fire HD. You can download the app from the Google Play store now and it will be available shortly in the Amazon app store."

There are several new features in the app, including a wakeup alarm and a spin feature that lets you flick through the various live and on-demand channels available.

Other more social features include the ability to identify what songs are being played and share them with your friends.

"The app surfaces a wide range of content including the BBC's wealth of radio shows to watch and listen to live or via catch-up, wherever you are. There are also hundreds of podcasts, on-demand programmes from the past seven days and video clips from music sessions, events, gigs, festivals and your favourite DJs," added Simcock.

"We hope you enjoy all the content the app includes and we will be introducing more content and features to BBC iPlayer Radio over the year ahead. This includes the ability to access full on-demand programmes from English local radio or the Nations stations."

The Android app differs from the iOS version in a number of ways, including the aforementioned wakeup alarm, it has a slightly different look and displays notifications in a different way. Simcock said that it makes better use of the space on the screen.

The iPlayer uses the HLS protocol, HTTP Live Streaming, for streaming, Flash is not supported on Android, and Simcock said it works best on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

The iOS version of the BBC iPlayer app was released last October. µ


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