The era where Apple fanboys at the BBC use license payer money to prop up Apple’s tablet business, has finally come to a close. The BBC does not allow access to its programs worldwide. The UK charges anyone with a TV or other device a large license fee, with hefty penalties if people are found to be unlicensed.
In July 2011 the BBC announced that it would release its iPlayer for mobile users for the first time. The catch was that if you wanted to use the iPlayer on your tablet you had to buy Apple gear.
At the time we asked the BBC why they were only supporting a single product, made by one company when they had previously favoured less exclusive arrangements, we were told that it was only a test and the iPlayer would be available for other operating systems soon.
We were not the only one to complain that the BBC was always launching Apps on Apple gear when there were more Android users out there.
Now, at last the BBC has launched its iPlayer Radio app for Android devices and the BBC’s executive producer for mobile James Simcock insists that it is better than the iOS version.
The logic is that the wait means that you get a better player. The iPlayer Radio will not only give access to the BBC’s radio stations but also to set the alarm to wake up with your favourite programme, swipe to access on demand content and videos and set programme reminders.
According to the BBC’s blog , all of the usage date gathered from iOS has been used to streamline the design of the App for Android, a notification panel has been included and the alarm clock works even when the app isn’t active.
We would have thought that it would have been better to have tested the iPlayer for Tablets on Android in the first place rather than the iOS which is much more fiddly and becoming a lot less popular rather fast.