APP WATCH: BBC iPlayer heads to Android

Ok, we said it wasn't coming, because speculation had it that the BBC wasn't actually actually working on an Android version of its BBC iPlayer mobile app. Well, it seems we were wrong, as the Android app is heading your week very soon.

According to TechRadar, an Android app will land at the same time as the iPad app, leaving the iPhone as the device unexpectedly left out in the cold. Surely that can't be right? Possibly not, judging by official comment.

In a blog post, Daniel Danker of the BBC said: 'Having stuck our toe in the water last year with the iPad, this new native app is a significant improvement on the existing experience and it's great to be on the Android platform too. Our intention is to be on as many devices and platforms as possible.'

He added: 'We're just applying the finishing touches to the apps as we speak, and all things being well we plan to have Android and iPad apps in stores by the end of the week. This is about getting the basics right, simple apps that makes best use of the portable touch-screen experience. We'll be looking to build in more features throughout the year.'

For the Android app, you'll need version 2.2 of the OS, because, according to Danker: 'For iPad it's straightforward, but for technical reasons we can't bring the app to every single Android device. To download and use the app you'll need a device that uses Android version 2.2 and has Adobe Flash 10.1 Player installed. Our Flash streams need a powerful mobile phone processor and a Wi-Fi connection to ensure a smooth viewing experience, which means that only newer, more powerful Android 2.2 devices connected via Wi-Fi can support the Flash 10.1 streaming experience.'

So look out for the app in the Android Market before the end of the week. iPhone users - sit tight, wait and hope.

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