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BBC iPlayer for Android adds downloads in latest update

Desperate for the ability to download TV shows from iPlayer to your Android device? Now you can. The BBC has updated its mobile app for Android to add media downloads, bringing the app in line with the iOS version. Viewers will be able to keep their hands on TV shows for up to seven days – after that, they’ll be automatically deleted from the device.

The latest version of iPlayer won’t be available for all Android devices, though. The BBC looks to be adding support on a case-by-case basis, and devices need to be running Ice Cream Sandwich at the bare minimum. If you’re a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4 owner, then you won’t have any issues, but if you want to download episodes to your Kindle Fire, then you’re out of luck.

The default option for downloads will be “High Quality”, but SD and HD options will be available for anyone who wants to strike a balance between bandwidth and quality. In addition, support has been added for Android 4.3 devices, and the Beeb has quashed some other bugs to boot.

The update should be rolling out to the Play Store right now, so check your device for a manual update prompt.

Spotted at The Next Web

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