Using BBC iPlayer app on your Windows phone? You won't be able to from April 2017

BBC's iPlayer app for Windows Phone will be phased out in April this year, but users will be able to retain their browser access.

BBC claims running the iPlayer app is no longer cost effective as the service can be accessed on the Edge browser in Windows 10 phones.

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The news is particularly bad for those using Windows Phone 8.1 as they will only be able to play radio programmes on their mobile browsers. Those who have updated their phones to Windows 10 will, however, be able to access both BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio on the Edge browser.

As of now, Windows Phone 8.1 devices which are eligible for Windows 10 upgrade include the premium Lumia 1520 and other older devices like Lumia 930, Lumia 640 and 640XL, Lumia 730, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 635, Lumia 430 and Lumia 435. The last flagship Lumia phones, the Lumia 950 and 950XL, arrived with Windows 10 installed so do not need to be upgraded.

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"When the BBC iPlayer app was originally created it was not technically possible to playback BBC programmes via the browser. As it’s now possible to playback via the browser it’s no longer cost effective for the BBC to maintain a BBC iPlayer app for Windows mobile devices. And by using the browser version of BBC iPlayer, Windows phone users will get the benefits of the web version as it evolves," said the BBC, soothing Windows users who are paying license fees to access the services.

Any further updates either to the iPlayer interface or its content will now feature on the Edge browser since the app won't be available from April. Back in December, there was a particularly horrible news for Windows Phone 7 users who learned that an upcoming update to the WhatsApp app will ensure that the app will no longer be compatible with their phones.

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"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future," said WhatsApp through a statement. "As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use."

Aside from supporting the latest apps, Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile OS is set to undergo a major transformation as Microsoft is taking a new route to enable laptop, tablet and smartphone users to use traditional win32 applications on their devices. The company is enabling this by including ARM processors in future Windows 10 devices and will call the concept 'Windows 10 on ARM.' Thanks to ARM chips with support from Qualcomm processors, Windows 10 devices like laptops, tablets and even smartphones will be able to run traditional win32 applications.


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    Guest10th Feb 2017

    First told download the app, now they say use the browser. It will be cleaner but for some who use kids corner you don't want to give children's brows...

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