The BBC iPlayer Radio app has been available on the App Store since September last year, some seven months ago, but he who laughs last laughs longest. Or something.
See, the developers have been listening to feedback from iOS users, and, in the Beeb’s own words, BBC iPlayer Radio for Android is “even better” than the App Store version.
The full BBC iPlayer Radio for Android story is told in great detail over on the BBC Internet Blog.
James Simcock, executive producer for mobile at BBC Radio, writes: “This app has all the features of the iOS app as well as some improvements that, as an Android user myself, I think make it even better.”
Specifically, James describes how in-app navigation is improved, while there’s use of the notification panel to easily return to the app when you're off doing other stuff. The alarm clock also “works regardless of whether the app is active”.
BBC iPlayer Radio for Android is available now on Google Play, though Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is a minimum prerequisite. James isn’t too bothered though, revealing that an average of 80% of BBC Android installs meet that requirement.
Finally, there’s a known issue with the Samsung Galaxy S3 on EE, Vodafone and Three, though a fix is expected “in the next month”. O2 has already made the necessary adjustments. Lovely.