BBC extend iPlayer downloads to Android phones and tablets

16 April 2014

bbc-iplayer-ipad The BBC have, in their own sweet time, extended their iPlayer download facility to pretty much every Android smartphone and tablet on the market.

Until recently, the download feature has been limited to a few Android devices, but now, it is on offer to anyone running Ice Cream Sandwich, version 4.0, or later. That's around 96% of Android users now able to download episodes of Coast and Pointless for offline viewing.

So what happened to change their minds? The notion that there are more Android devices in use than iPhones?

Not quite. Basically, the BBC has got a bit carefree and decided to stop extensive tests for all the devices.

"We believe that the vast majority of devices will enjoy a great video downloading experience. 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," said Auntie Beeb.

"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," they added.

TOPICS:   Technology

3 comments

  • rash
    "The notion that there are more Android devices in use than iPhones?" There fixed it for you.
  • news B.
    [...] BBC extend iPlayer downloads to Android phones and tabletsBitterwallet, on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:56:15 -0700bbc iplayer ipad 300×242 BBC extend iPlayer downloads to Android phones and tablets The BBC have, in their own sweet time, extended their iPlayer download facility to pretty much every Android smartphone and tablet on the market. Until recently, the … [...]
  • news B.
    [...] BBC extend iPlayer downloads to Android phones and tabletsBitterwallet, on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:56:15 -0700That's around 96% of Android users now able to download episodes of Coast and Pointless for offline viewing. So what happened to change their minds? The notion that there are more Android devices in use than iPhones? Not quite. Basically, the BBC has … [...]

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