BBC iPlayer app launched on Android Market

The long awaited official app solution for watching iPlayer on Android has arrived, with the BBC uploading its promised BBC iPlayer app to the Android Market today. It’s well integrated with Android’s sharing menu and works like a dream through wi-fi, although it’s very similar to the web app in terms of functionality.

We can’t complain at this early, preliminary stage of opinion-forming, though. Here it is:

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It’s not showing up on the web-based Android Market as yet, but is available for us as a download in the UK via our phones. You’ll need to be running Android 2.2 in order to see it, of course. Thanks to very alert reader Chris for the tip. We’ll take a few more grabs and do a review later. Maybe.

Android Market link here.

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  1. Can’t see it in the market yet at all…

    (and the web based market seems to be down)

    Will keep trying…

    • Are you using Chrone to access the web market by any chance. If so you need to check “Use S2.0

      • Sorry press enter by mistake lol

        You need to check that “Use SSL 2.0″ is unticked in Chrome options

        • Thanks – got it working now.

          But remembered my HTC Legend isn’t powerful enough to run Flash Player, so I can’t install this… :-(

  2. Installed on my Tab. Like it. Video Quality option a nice touch. But am i just not seeing the download option?

    • Bristolboy

       /  February 10, 2011

      I believe there will be no download option unfortunately :(. Would have been good for the tube and commuting generally.

      • dans

         /  February 10, 2011

        If you use the mobile version in the browser, once youve loaded up the page on wifi, say at home or at a hotspot, you can switch to 3G and it will play fine. ;)

        I load up the radio shows i want in new tabs and then your good to go for your journey.

  3. MarkG

     /  February 10, 2011

    You need to be running Android 2.2 AND capable of running Flash 10.1 I believe.

  4. mrchaz

     /  February 10, 2011

    Seems to have a bir of trouble with the hq stream but works really well and looks great on my vega

  5. … there is no download option. How I miss myplayer before it wad nobbled.

  6. It is stupid how it is WiFi Only, if i’m using WiFi, i’m at home using my laptop or TV for iPlayer

    • Gary C

       /  February 10, 2011

      I can kind of understand wi-fi only for quality control issues and to protect people from massive data charges, but what I don’t get is why you can only listen to the radio when the screen is on. That’s madness.

  7. dans

     /  February 10, 2011

    What a piece of junk, no 3g, no background streaming, favourites is broken and it doesnt understand the back command correctly.

  8. ranveer

     /  February 10, 2011

    can some one post the apk. I am unable to download..

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