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BBC iPlayer downloads arrive on Android smartphones and tablets

Available to all running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above
Wed Apr 16 2014, 12:44

BBC Iplayer logoTHE BBC has opened up its iPlayer download feature for Android users running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, following the features debut on the iPhone.

This is a change for the BBC, which usually tests widely before rolling out features.

"In September I announced the launch of video downloads for our 11 most popular Android devices. Over the last seven months we have been gradually adding more models to the list of devices supported for this feature," said BBC senior product manager David Berlin.

"In response to public demand, instead of our previous policy of comprehensively testing specific devices before enabling downloads, we are now offering video downloads functionality by default to all Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or above."

Berlin said that this more relaxed attitude will give the video download feature to as many as 96 percent of iPlayer Android users, however, he added that rolling something out across such a large user base might lead to some issues.

"We believe that the vast majority of devices will enjoy a great video downloading experience," he added. "However, with more than five thousand different phone, phablet and tablet models able to install the BBC iPlayer Android app, there are likely to be a number of devices that exhibit bugs concerning download behaviour."

Fear not though, bold Android user, because if the BBC hears about issues it will try to resolve them. The broadcaster said that it welcomes your input.

"We can't promise that we will fix every issue that is brought to our attention (there may be device limitations that prevent us from doing so) but we will seek to address problems according to the complexity of the issue, as well as the UK popularity and the user numbers of the device itself," added Berlin. µ


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