Making good on its promise to establish apps across all leading mobile platforms, the BBC has now brought its News app to the Android platform.
The BBC News app will be available to download from Android Market in the UK and BBC Worldwide will soon be launching an international version of the app.
The Android app will offer exactly the same BBC content as the corporation’s iPhone and iPad app launched in July 2011 and which has to date attracted nearly 3 million UK downloads and a further 3 million internationally. Available free of charge, the BBC News app on Android will deliver UK and international news, business, politics, health, education, science and environment, technology and entertainment stories, as well as correspondent features and analysis.
The Android app is available on all Android phones and tablets running software versions 1.6 and above. The app's video experience is accessible to both Flash and non-Flash enabled devices, over Wi-Fi and 3G connections. In-story video is supported on Android devices versions 1.6 and above, and live streaming of the BBC News channel is possible on versions 2.2 and above which run Flash. However the app does not as yet support Honeycomb tablets, Android software version 3.0.
Commenting on the launch in a blog, Anthony Sullivan Executive Product Manager for News, BBC Future Media said: “As the range of devices in the market widens, we plan to offer an optimised BBC News experience to the widest mobile audience possible. With this in mind, we'll be working with manufacturers to look at ways of reversioning the service in the most efficient way. We'll also be working hard on improving the experience across our mobile services.”