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At last the BBC have released the iPlayer Radio app for Android. It has been on iOS for some time now and according to James Simlock at the BBC, it has some improvements that, as an Android user myself, should make it even better.

So let’s have a look at the app itself.
Features:

  • Take BBC Radio with you wherever you go
  • Listen to live radio from all the BBC’s UK radio stations over Wi-Fi and mobile networks
  • Quickly switch between stations with a simple radio tuner dial
  • See what’s on-air across all stations via the Full Programme Guide
  • Listen to on-demand programmes from the past 7 days
  • See the currently playing track on music stations
  • Find out what music and guests featured in on-demand programmes
  • Set an alarm to wake up to your favourite station
  • Set alerts for upcoming programmes
  • Watch video clips including music sessions
  • Find hundreds of BBC Podcasts to listen to
  • Browse programmes by Schedule, Category, Featured and Most Popular
  • Listen in the background or in standby, with quick access to what’s playing via the notifications panel

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Since Adobe Flash is no longer available on Android devices the BBC decided to launch the new Android app with a new range of audio streams that use the ‘HLS’ protocol (HTTP Live Streaming). This protocol works really well on Android devices operating on version 4.0 or above (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and beyond).

Quote:

I’m James Simcock, executive producer for mobile in BBC Radio and assisting as product owner in the build team for BBC iPlayer Radio on mobile devices.
Together with Chris Kimber, the executive product manager for BBC iPlayer Radio (across platforms) and the mobile development team in Salford, I’m excited to announce the launch of BBC iPlayer Radio for Android.
This app has all the features of the BBC  iOS app as well as some improvements that, as an Android user myself, I think make it even better. For the very first time this app is now also available on tablets including the very popular Amazon Kindle Fire HD. You can download the app from the Google Play store now and it will be available shortly in the Amazon app store. continue reading at BBC internet blog.

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Cost: Free

Conclusion:
Having just been out walking the dogs I took the opportunity to test the BBC iPlayer Radio app. Scrolling through all the stations and searching for local ones was a breeze, reception was very good even the streaming of the cricket match. I can see this being my number one radio app. On tablets it works very well and the layout is excellent.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini