iplayer androidThe BBC have update the Android version of the popular iPlayer App to include offline viewing. Users can download content and have 30 days in which to watch it. Until now only iOS could do this; Android users needed an internet connection to stream content.

There are a few limitations.

The BBC announcement on iPlayer for Android confirmed only devices running ICS or Jelly Bean versions of Android will get the offline access, and it is limited to the following devices:

  • Google Nexus 10
  • Google Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013)
  • Google Nexus 4
  • HTC One
  • Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch
  • Sony Xperia Z
  • Amazon Kindle 8.9
  • not on the official list, but a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (confirmed by a reader)

Oddly the Kindle Fire & HD are not supported but the BBC say they are working with Amazon to resolve this.

The update, available in the Google Play store, will cover about 70% of current Android devices using iPlayer; more hardware will be compatible shortly.

It was one year and one day ago that iOS received the facility for offline viewing. Android users had an iPlayer update in October 2012 but not with offline.  

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