Android Apps: BBC iPlayer Radio App Released, Headed To Amazon Next

The BBC has finally released an Android app for its popular iRadio player. The Android app is free, like its iOS counterpart and allows users to stream audio from BBC radio stations as well as on-demand content from the past week.

The BBC launched iRadio last year with an iOS app, as well as a desktop version. At the time, BBC promised that an Android app for iRadio would be coming soon. That was six months ago.

"This app has all the features of the iOS app as well as some improvements that, as an Android user myself, I think make it even better," James Simcock, executive producer for mobile, blogged. "For the very first time this app is now also available on tablets including the very popular Amazon Kindle Fire HD. You can download the app from the Google Play store now and it will be available shortly in the Amazon app store."

The Android app is more than a BBC stream. iRadio has a number of secondary functions that truly make it among the more robust news radio apps currently out there.

Specific features include the ability to:

  • Set the alarm and wake up with your favourite DJ or programme.
  • Spin through the touchscreen dial and listen live to the whole range of BBC Radio stations.
  • Swipe to reveal on-demand catch-up content and videos on every station page.
  • Set programme reminders to ensure you never miss favourite shows and add tracks to favourites.
  • Easily discover what tracks are playing and share with friends.

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