If you’re a fan of British radio programming that uses an Android device, you’ll be glad to hear that the BBC has finally launched its iPlayer Radio app for Android users. It’s been six months now since the BBC launched the app for iOS users. The good news is that BBC’s James Simcock says the Android app has improvements that make it better than the iPhone application that launched last year.
The app supports streaming radio with live and on-demand content along with behind-the-scenes videos. A new navigation system allows users to take advantage of gestures to navigate between stations. The app also supports better notifications with integration for the Android drop-down menu.
The Android version of the iPlayer Radio app also makes it easier for users to share content by taking advantage of the Android sharing system. That feature allows users to easily trade and share links to programs, artists, and tracks with other apps. The app also features an alarm clock that works even when the app isn’t running in the foreground of your Android device.
The features of the application include the use of the HLS protocol to deliver content to Android devices. Using that protocol claims to improve multitasking performance. The application supports devices running Android 4.0 or higher. BBC also warns Galaxy S III owners that the app might not work with some smartphones due to a firmware problem only a few wireless carriers have addressed. Android tablet users will also like that the Android version of the application has a layout specifically for tablets.