3G streaming comes to BBC iPlayer Android app

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The BBC has today confirmed – via Twitter – that it has released a new version of its iPlayer app for Android that enables streaming over 3G networks.

While 3G streaming was already a feature of the iOS version of the app, it wasn't possible on Android devices until now.

However, according to the BBC iPlayer help page 3G streaming is only possible on Android smartphones, not tablets.

"Android tablets will get 3G streaming later in the year. Until then, BBC iPlayer on Android 10in tablets will remain a wi-fi only service," says the Beeb.

At the same time, the Corporation has made further tweaks to the iPlayer Android app, with an updated version of Adobe Flash player for improved playback.

Further details in David Madden's BBC blog.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.