APP WATCH: BBC News app for Android tablets

Good news for news lovers with an Android device. The BBC News app is now available for tablets, although you'll need a specific kind of Android tablet to use this optimised version.

In fact, you'll need Honeycomb to see the app in action, as well as a device 7.2 inches or above in size. That obviously narrows the market considerably. There are plenty of tablets out there still running Android Gingerbread, with numbers dropping further when you filter in the size factor. All those other tablets will have to live with the smartphone version of the BBC News app – and there's no word on compatibility changing anytime soon.

If you have got the required tablet, congratulations, you'll be able to see the app optimised perfectly for your device, with browsing in both portrait and landscape mode. You can also personalise what's on the screen to suit your interests, easily share stories and access on-demand video within stories, in both 3G and Wi-Fi. On the downside, you can't get the News Channel live. Although the BBC Blog claims this will be available 'at a later date', along with 'home screen widgets'.

According to the BBC, in an average week, the BBC News sites and apps are now visited by around 9.7m users worldwide on mobile and tablet devices. That represents about 26% of the total number of visitors. The Beeb isn't resting on its laurels though, with the BBC News product development team 'working on further mobile and tablet improvements' over the coming year.

Source: BBC Blog

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