BBC News app now on Android tablets

Eight months after the app emerged on Android smartphones

January 30, 2012
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A version of the BBC News app for Android has now been made available for tablets running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.

It’s fair to say that the development of the Beeb’s app for Android has been rather sluggish. It first came out on iOS in July 2010, but didn’t hit Android smartphones until May of last year.

And it’s taken another eight months for BBC News to optimise the Android version for use on Honeycomb and Ice Cream sandwich – though of course, the emergence of ICS and need for compatibility with that no doubt slowed things down.

Such is the price of Android fragmentation, something Google is hoping to avoid moving forward from Ice Cream Sandwich.

At any rate, full-fat large display tablet owners running Honeycomb and ICS can now get the app for free, within the UK that is.

Those on smaller 7 inch tablets will continue to use the smartphone version of the app, which is more suitable for the smaller screen.

There’s good news for those of you abroad, too, as BBC Worldwide is soon to launch an international version of the app.

Later releases are expected to offer the News Channel live, and home screen widgets are in the pipeline as development continues.

The Android smartphone app has been downloaded some 3 million times in the last eight months.

The Beeb says that its news website is now accessed by nearly 10 million mobile surfers, which represents a quarter of the total number of visitors.


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