News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 05, 2013.
|Sponsored links, if any, appear in green.|
The BBC iPlayer for Android today gained a feature that users have waited to see for a long time - an option to download video for the purpose of viewing later when they do not have a reliable connection. BBC iPlayer for Android now supports downloading a video and storing it for up to 30 days. Once the video starts playing for the first time, users will have 7 days to finish watching it before offline access is revoked. It's not a permanent ownership of the videos, but it is a more flexible way of consuming video when traveling or when trying to limit the amount of mobile data used.
Video downloads in iPlayer has been a long time in the making. When the iPhone and iPad apps gained offline support, BBC promised an Android version as "coming soon." A quick check of my calendar shows that "coming soon" really meant 366 days later. While the wait may have been frustrating for Android users, at least they can finally download video while doing other things, something not currently available on iOS.
BBC iPlayer will only support downloads on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Videos on tablets will automatically be HD but users can switch to SD in the settings menu. The app should appear in Google Play and the Amazon Appstore starting today, but not all devices will be able to access it. Here's a list of the smartphones and tablets that will be able to download videos:
- 1) Amazon Kindle 8.9
- 2) Asus Nexus 7 (2012)
- 3) Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
- 4) HTC One
- 5) LG Nexus 4
- 6) Samsung Galaxy S2
- 7) Samsung Galaxy S3
- 8) Samsung Galaxy S4
- 9) Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7"
- 10) Samsung Google Nexus 10
- 11) Sony Xperia Z
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.