Chris Yanda, the executive product manager for mobile at BBC Future Media, said that the corporation wants people to have as great an experience with iPlayer as possible, whatever platform they are using.
The BBC has supported iPlayer on Android since 2010, starting with version 2.2 (FroYo), and iterating through Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and now the latest 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
Adobe Flash has always previously been the media format for streaming on Android devices, enabling the BBC to use the same infrastructure as on PCs and set top boxes.
But Adobe's decision to remove support for the Flash Player plug-in meant that the BBC had to change its strategy.
The corporation knew it required a media streaming player that would work on the latest Jelly Bean version of Android but also Gingerbread and FroYo, which still account for the majority of Android users.
After looking at a number of different options, such as the Http Live Streaming (HLS) that is used to stream BBC media to other platforms, the corporation decided to stick with Flash as its Android format, but also use Adobe Air.
He said that this unified approach means that any improvements in technology "will benefit everything in the BBC that uses the Android platform".
However, he also noted that other apps have had problems with Adobe Air.
"We are making this change with our eyes open. No technology is perfect," he wrote in a blog post.
"We've seen some of the challenges that other Adobe Air based apps have had in the marketplace and so we have worked hard, both internally and with our technology partners, to build the best application we can
"Adobe have been a long-standing collaborator with the BBC and have been excellent throughout this process, working closely with our teams to ensure continuity and a great experience throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games and then thereafter to support our requirements around this project.
"We have put a lot of work into BBC Media Player and we think it will improve your experience of watching BBC TV and listening to BBC Radio on your Android phones and tablets.
"We will continue to work on this application and on improving media playback and mobile experience on Android smartphones and tablets."
The BBC Media Player will roll out on the iPlayer smartphone and tablet Android apps from next week, and later expand to other applications and platforms.