BBC Mobile Apps go live

Friday 23 July 2010, 12:31

Erik Huggers Erik Huggers Director of Future Media & Technology

Today's announcement that the BBC Trust have concluded their review of our plans to produce native applications for smartphones, means that we are continuing with the launch of apps that we outlined in February.

We know that increasing numbers of you want to access BBC output on-the-go and the rapid growth of internet-connected mobiles and smartphones in the market means we can cost-effectively provide our content and services on these devices, and this is a really important way for us to deliver online services in the future. Today we begin with our News App becoming available for the Apple iPhone, and soon it will come to Blackberry and Android phones in addition to other devices later in the year.

The first class journalism that you expect from the BBC is now available to you in a way that is simple, personalised and optimised for mobile devices. My colleague David Madden has written a blog post and created a video tutorial which will take you through the features of the News app. Please let us know what you think of it.

Erik Huggers is Director of BBC Future Media & Technology


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    Comment number 1.

    Will the iPlayer app be coming out as well?

    Great news, thanks!!

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    Comment number 2.

    Just out of interest, what happened to the page with the BBC's stated policy on mobile platform support?

    It seems to have gone missing...

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    Comment number 3.

    I really cant wait for the Android app. Please make it for 1.6 and not 2.1 or 2.2. My phone is brand new (SE X10) and still has only 1.6. The carriers seem to take ages in updating.

    Android is now out selling iPhone, so please get the Android version out ASAP, and I will be the BBC's best friend again despite the horrible update to its news site.

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    Comment number 4.

    It is good to see that BBC Trust has made the correct decision to release the BBC news app here in the UK. It made little sense that the software was made available to non-licence payers in the USA, even if the BBC relied upon adverts within the app, as a means of justifying costs and its distribution overseas.

    The adverts will remain in the app for UK TV licence payers and besides there are now many UK residents who will be used to reading their UK & local news via a variety of other apps AND probably without any 'annoying' adverts.

    One wonders if the fear of people over subscribing to this app will not be founded after all.

    Why did they not make the app available from day one and put in place, a charge or subscription for the app (reduced for those who held a valid TV licence - similar to the SKY TV app) rather than have us all subjected to advertisments or indeed the long wait for this app to become available.

    Those aligned to the USA iTunes store had BBC News, Netflix and the ABC Player - all of which were unavailable to the UK and all of which were top-rated apps. Lets hope that the BBC Trust's decision is the first of many such decisions that put us all on an equal footing.

    I guess that paves the way to remove the licence fee and the introduction of adverts to the TV. Oh no...!!!

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    Comment number 5.

    So, what's the schedule for:
    - News + Sport Apps on Android
    - iPlayer app for Android which doesn't rely on flash?

    "Later in the year" doesn't cut it as a schedule. Yet again the BBC spends money on Apple devices only at the expense of license fee payers.


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