BBC iPlayer Android app now supports Android 3.X tablets

An update to the BBC’s rather controversial Android iPlayer app has gone live, with the corporation adding “support for Android 3 tablets” to the app. We haven’t yet taken the plunge into tablet ownership, let alone a fancy Honeycomb model, so can’t comment on what other changes there may be within the slightly disappointing code.

However, some comments beneath the listing and on the Twitter suggest it merely adds a link to the iPlayer web site, which would be something of a swizzle – plus someone says it doesn’t work on their Eee Transformer with Android 3.1. Whoops.

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If you do have a tablet with a 3.X version of Android onboard, check it out here and see what’s up. Then let us know. Thanks.

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  1. All it is is a link. Nothing more. BBC are a bunch of Lazy idiots.

  2. dean

     /  June 29, 2011

    yep, my 3.1 tf now goes to the iplayer website after launching the app and then handily tells me my “phone” is not supported. cheers the beeb!

  3. Just links to the BBC website. Tells me my Asus Transformer Android 3.1 “Your phone is not supported. Sorry, your phone does not support BBC iPlayer. More phones will be supported in the future.” Useless.

  4. Mark

     /  June 29, 2011

    To be fair, these problems are not BBC’s fault, they have the same problem as Opera (who can’t add Flash to Opera Mobile 11), because Google changed the API’s in Honeycomb and are keeping the sourcecode to themselves.

    It seems Google don’t actually want Google tablets to suceed, and are more concerned about keeping honeycomb from appearing on phones that they are of actual user experiences of Honeycomb.

    I asked the question WHY users have to suffer gimped Honeycomb apps, because Google are withholding the source/API information, but Google have yet to respond. It really needs the question asking from someone with more clout.

    For reference, check out the Opera 11 What’s New tab on the market, they clearly cite the lack of Honeycomb source, as to WHY Opera 11 does not support flash (and almost certainly the same reason why the BBC iPlayer does not either).

  5. UKAndroid

     /  June 29, 2011

    What a waste of time – it simply provides a short cut to iplayer via your browser – which always worked on Tablets/Honeycomb anyway. Can’t believe it’s taken the BBC several weeks to simply kludge the existing code to provide a browser short cut if Honeycomb is detected – that’s not what I call “support for Honeycomb”!

  6. KT

     /  June 29, 2011

    Access this link to the Android Market and I am told that the app is not compatible with my Asus Eee pad, so I haven’t even bothered to download it. However, I know that the iPlayer works fine using the browser on the Eee pad and I don’t see what the problem is with that.

  7. Campbell

     /  June 30, 2011

    Google aren’t the only ones not responding. I reported the problem to the BBC and they ignored me too. It’s not the only application to have problems playing back via flash. I’d rather have an update that says the application does not work on honeycomb (and why) rather than this and no response to those that report problems.

  8. So this application is useful for putting your link on bbc website.This sounds very strange.I can’t understand what BBC is doing .They should clear their point.

  9. Given the requirements and obligations under the licence, if BBC is providing a iPhone system and not providing an Android system then this amounts, because the BBC is State Funded, to an indirect state funding or support of Apple.

    I suggest we all complain to the Governors and copy the EU Competition Direcorate in Brussels in to complaint – see how quickly the BEEB change their mind!

  10. Will not even download for my moto XOOM running 3.2 says device not suported


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