iPlayer Downloads Arrive on Android

Android users in the UK will be able to download BBC iPlayer programmes from the app to watch offline for the first time from today.

The feature, which has been on offer on iOS for a year, should be available to around 70 per cent of the BBC’s Android audience, but is limited to 11 smartphones and tablets. The update will first come to Google Play today, with Amazon added in the coming days. 

Devices must offer the appropriate level of protection for the BBCs shows, and so must be running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. Unique to the Android update is the ability to multitask while downloading programmes. 

Smartphones covered are: HTC One, LG Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4. Tablets currently supported are: Amazon Kindle 8.9, Asus Nexus 7 i, Asus Nexus 7 ii, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ and Samsung Google Nexus 10.

The BBC says it is working with Amazon to ensure the function can come to the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. It will also roll out the service to newer and older Android devices in the coming months.