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The Beeb extends iPlayer Radio to Android

The Beeb extends iPlayer Radio to Android
Zen Terrelonge


Devices / Samsung / April 24th 2013 at 12:04PM

But Samsung glitch prevents usage on some Galaxy S III devices.

The BBC recently announced mobile accounts for 30 per cent of iPlayer usage, with tablets leading ahead of phones. Meanwhile, iPlayer Radio usage across all platforms was up seven cent month-on-month.

The broadcaster has now launched BBC iPlayer Radio for Android devices, and exec producer for mobile in BBC Radio James Simcock says it features all of the same tech used in the iOS version, as well as a number of improvements.

iPlayer for Android will allow users to set alarms and wake up to their favourite radio shows, add reminders, see what songs are playing and share with friends. In addition to listening, there's also programmes and video clips from music events, gigs, festivals and more.

Simcock, said: "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."

With Adobe Flash unavailable for Android, the app runs using HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), which is said to improve efficiency of usage and multi-tasking with other apps. Meanwhile, around 80 per cent of BBC products are used on Ice Cream Sandwich or above.

That said, it's bad news if you're an S III user.

He continued: "While we wanted to launch the app to all Android users as soon as possible there is currently an issue with some Samsung firmware. This means that some owners of the popular and powerful Galaxy S3 device may not be able to stream our new HLS audio in the short term.

"This applies specifically to some Galaxy S3 devices on EE, Vodafone and Three and we expect these networks to roll out a fix in the next month. For clarity, Galaxy S3 users who did not purchase their devices directly via one of these three mobile network operators should experience no problems with the app and the folks at O2 have already rolled out Samsung’s patch so users on the O2 network should be all set."