BBC iPlayer updated for Jelly Bean

And another record breaking month for the streaming service
Darren Allan

October 22, 2012

The Beeb has pushed out a new iPlayer app for Android, bringing forth compatibility with the latest version of Google’s OS, Jelly Bean.

Previously, the app didn’t work with Jelly Bean so those with a newer device which totes Android 4.1, such as the Nexus 7 tablet, weren’t able to run the native app, and instead had to use iPlayer in their browser.

Apparently as well as support for Jelly Bean, the fresh app ups video playback quality, although the BBC doesn’t specify exactly how.

Version of the free Android app is now available on the Play store.

User reviews on the Play store, however, seem to be panning the software – in fact with users complaining that the video quality is generally poor, even with the app set to “high quality”.

The iPlayer streaming service is certainly going from strength to strength, though, as the most recent figures for September’s usage have shown.

There were a record breaking (again) number of requests served by iPlayer in September, at 199 million, up 8 per cent month-on-month, and a tad short of the magic 200 million mark which will doubtless be broken in October.

Figures were boosted by the start of the new autumn TV season, of course, and mobile and tablet requests showed strong growth, up 21 per cent as more and more slates and smartphones are flogged.

Games console usage was also up 16 per cent.


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