Android iPlayer now download-enabled

androidThe Android version of the BBC’s iPlayer mobile app can now download TV shows for offline viewing – some 12 months after the feature was added to the iOS version of the application.

Android iPlayer users can now store shows on their devices for up to 30 days, watching them for seven days after the first time they start playing the video. The new feature will work on Android devices running the Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean variants of Google’s Android software.

“This is because these devices are able to provide the appropriate level of protection for our programmes,” explained senior product manager David Berlin in a blog post. “Our figures show this will mean 70 per cent of Android app users with compatible devices will be able to use this functionality from today – and over the coming months we will be extending this to include new Android devices as well as some older ones.”

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