ITV has updated its Android app, allowing you to watch live TV on your phone or tablet for the first time.
The Android app, compatible with devices running 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher, will let you watch programmes from ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV as they’re being broadcast live on TV.
Available to download from Google Play now, the new version of ITV Player for Android also dynamically resizes to a number of screen sizes, meaning the look and feel of the service across phones and tablets should be more unified.
While any device running 4.2 Jelly Bean or above should be able to install the new version of the app, ITV has tested the new app on the following devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- HTC One
- Google Nexus 7, 2013
- Google Nexus 7, 2012
- Tesco Hudl, 1st Gen
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, 8-inch
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch
According to the latest figures from Google, 46.6 per cent of Android devices over the world are running 4.2 Jelly Bean or above.
Google doesn’t breakdown platform version levels across countries – so there’s no way of telling how many people in the UK run 4.2 or higher. If you’re still running 4.1 Jelly Bean, you’ll still be able to access ITV Player on your device, but you just won’t be able to watch any programmes live.
The same figures show that 74.4 per cent of all Android users worldwide use 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher.
Paul Kanareck, Director of Online and Brands at ITV, said: “An incredible 14 million people have downloaded the ITV Player app and we are seeing large audiences using their tablets and mobile phones to watch live TV as well as catching up on their favourite shows.
We are delighted to offer the Android user base a significantly upgraded ITV experience. Mobile is central to our online plans, including the recent launch of our new service on Windows 8 and joining the Sky Go platform, and we look forward to further activity to come.”
Sky Go added ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV to Sky Go back in June. While this meant that football fans could stream World Cup games live without having to fire up the separate ITV Player app, new Sky-exclusive drama channel ITV Encore was also available.