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A BBC iPlayer Android app will hit the Android Market this week, alongside the BBC iPlayer iPad app expected to launch on Thursday. Read on for the details.

Writing on the BBC Internet Blog, general manager for BBC Future Media and Technology Daniel Danker confirmed that both BBC iPlayer iPad and Android apps would be available by the end of the week. We’d already heard the native iPad app would be arriving, but the BBC iPlayer Android app is something of surprise, and not necessarily for the right reasons.

Both version will allow you to watch live TV and listen to live radio stations, with personalised favourites and full sene day catch up. That certainly beats the current web app on the iPad, but on Android, you’ll still need an Android 2.2 phone with support for Adobe 10.1 Flash, and it’ll only work over Wi-Fi. That’s a little disappointing given that these phones can already stream BBC iPlayer already in the browser – we’d have loved to see a solution that brought streaming video to older Android phones too (SlingPlayer for instance works on Android 1.6 and up).

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However, Denker says that “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,” so fingers crossed we’ll see more features – like downloads for offline watching – appear soon.

We’ll keep our eyes on the app stores and let you know when both hit.

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  • novak84

    and what does that give us over the current android streaming facility?

    • bensillis

      Well quite. There's not much (other than personalised recommendations) that you couldn't do between bbciplayer.co.uk and TVcatchup.com on a Flash supported Android phone anyway. It'll at least be a bit more convenient I suppose – we'll give it a full review as soon as it hits the market.

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