Same review of BBC iPlayer Radio Android apps

The iPlayer Radio app for Android is impressive, but belated debut on Android.

I don't understand why he takes an organization such as the BBC more time to release an app for the Android Operating System iOS. The Corporation, its Sports apps and iPlayer Radio, made a conscious decision to spend money on iOS users, and make people wait for Android.

iPlayer Radio app for Android

This is the first world issue, but such discrimination, it seems pretty rude to me. If you must do one then the other, at least build one version, then hold its release back in the interests of equality.

Category: Hi-Tech Viewing 7476 | Added in June 4, 2013

10 Responses

  1. avatar stanleyc Says:
    June 4, 2013

    It may have taken a long time but it is still not long enough. On my Android it does not work. What is more irritating is that it looks great and first impressions are great only when you try to listen to older  programes do you find it does not work.  It also goes without saying that the BBC  offer their usual level of support based on the BBC policy that they  can do no wrong and never make mistakes therefore any problems are  because of the listeners  equipment.

  2. avatar cimidyue Says:
    June 4, 2013

    What a mean spirited bunch of comments. And why do you say BBC 'claims' it was more than worth the wait, as if there was doubt about it. This app is a technological masterpiece, programmes past and present are so easy to find, and I have listened to more radio in the past week than for some time. @terrystone "Dial shaped so what" - have you actually used this app for any length of time? Its use of the dial and sliding is really intuitive. 

    I have no connection with the BBC incidentally, but the way this public broadcaster is derided when they do so much excellent work and strive to improve all the time needs challenging.

    So it has taken time to develop? Certainly well worth the wait.

  3. avatar chrismcg Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Thanks for the review. I hadn't realised this was available until I read this.

    I agree, it's an excellent app.

    Well done BBC.

  4. avatar jmward Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Looks good. It would be even better if it worked properly.  Live streaming does not work on my Android JellyBean tablet, although I am on a fast connection. Podcasts work immediately, but trying to receive live programmes just means watching a little rotating circle until it times out.

    More to the point, where is the promised full BBC iPlayer, with download capability? Well, actually, it is already available, but for an iPad of course, since Apple users are much more important than Android people. And when will it be available for Android?  And will it even work?  Who knows?

  5. avatar Yong Lin Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Some developers still tend to favor IOS over Android even today. Even though both OS have about the same amount of users.

  6. avatar terrystone Says:
    June 4, 2013

    The BBC are so slow that by the time they release their own app, 50 developers have released better apps that deliver the same content AND allow you to build up your own library.

    I mean really!  A dial shaped control.  So what.

  7. avatar mouseface Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Ive read why the release was late in countless places. flash stopped becoming available on the device a while back so they had to come up with other means. easy for me hard for you and you're the journalist.

  8. avatar richardl Says:
    June 4, 2013

    So since you are running down the bbc app for android, where is the up to date telegraph android app? 

    No, not the version available that only runs on obsolete android 2.x, but a modern one for current android tablets - so that i can read the content I pay for.

    Pots name calling and kettles come to mind...

  9. avatar bedfordtim Says:
    June 4, 2013

    I signed up and then cancelled because it was so awful. They only need to look at the reviews to see that there is work to do. Maybe everyone at the DT has an iPhone and iPad.

  10. avatar fine Says:
    June 4, 2013

    The BBC have begun to monetize their programs just as they stopped making any programs worth watching. 10 years to late BBC

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