Almost all of BBC iPlayer users that use an Android device are now able to download BBC content to watch offline. The British Broadcasting Corporation issued an update for their immensely popular app this week.
Following an initial rollout on 11 devices in September of 2013 and then a careful expansion program since, the BBC has now announced that all smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher will be able to utilise this feature.
Crunching the numbers, tha means approximately 96% of all current android users will be able to watch episodes of Sherlock, Match of the Day and Panorama and will be able to view them when Wi-Fi connectivity is not available and without increasing their mobile data allowances form their provider.
This move of opening up the feature to nearly all users by the BBC is against recent policy of testing it on every device before widening the availability and as such, with 5,000 different phones and tablet computers now able to access the full set of features, the BBC has said that there may be a few bug issues on some of these devices.
Senior product manager, David Berlin, wrote on the BBC Internet blog, “We believe that the vast majority of devices will enjoy a great video downloading experience. However, with more than five thousand different phone, phablet and tablet models able to install the BBC iPlayer Android app, there are likely to be a number of devices that exhibit bugs concerning download behaviour.”
The updated app is now available to download from the Google Play Store.
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