BBC iPlayer for Android updated

Good news for Android owners, the BBC iPlayer app for that platform has been updated and with it comes the option to download your favourite shows.

Ok, it is lagging behind the option being given to iOS owners, but it's nice to see it finally here. Downloads are absolutely free, although you will need to watch the show within 30 days or you'll lose it. Once you've started watching, you get seven days to view. Let's be honest, if you haven't watched it in that time, you never will. See your Sky box for evidence of that.

Oh, but there is one thing worth mentioning. The newly-updated Android app will only work on selected devices running Android Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich.  That's not good news if you have an older version, but with the majority now on those versions of Android, it's understandable. As for device compatibility, we're talking Amazon Kindle Fire 8.9, Nexus 7 (old and new), HTC One, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch, Google Nexus 10, and Sony Xperia Z. The BBC is looking at extending to other devices when possible and adding new devices as and when they appear.

Downloads can be done in the background (which is one up on the iOS version) and will be downloaded in High Quality unless you choose otherwise. If you are in a hurry or short on space, it might be worth swapping to Standard.

If your device is on the list, go get it now, The app is, of course, free.

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