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BBC iPlayer app adds 3G streaming on Android phones

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The BBC has refreshed the iPlayer app on smartphones running Google Android, introducing 3G streaming across all mobile networks.

Since it was launched around a year ago, the Android app version of catch-up TV service iPlayer has attracted around 1.3m installs across a variety of devices.

The BBC has now released a new version of the app, which introduces streaming of TV and radio content over 3G networks to the already available WiFi support.

But David Madden, the executive product manager for BBC iPlayer on mobile, warned users that mobile operators may charge them for the amount of data used while streaming over 3G, and so they should carefully check their tariff restrictions.

Madden said that in response to feedback from the Android Market about the video quality on BBC iPlayer, the corporation has introduced an updated Adobe Flash player for an improved playback experience on Android smartphones.

He also discussed iPlayer on Android tablets, saying that the BBC has "more work to do" before it can offer 3G streaming over these devices.

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