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BBC iPlayer Radio app for Android is just "better" than iOS version, says Beeb boss

The BBC has finally given its iPlayer Radio app the Android treatment, with a leading executive for the UK broadcaster going so far as to posit that the new product is superior to its iOS counterpart.

Android users have been waiting some six months to get access to the iPlayer Radio app, which launched on Apple's mobile operating system back in October 2012.

According to BBC executive producer for mobile James Simcock, the wait has been worth it.

"This app has all the features of the iOS app as well as some improvements that, as an Android user myself, I think make it even better," he wrote on the BBC's Internet blog.

What gives? Some key differences on the Android iteration are said to be improved navigation, new sharing features, and revamped notifications – including an alarm clock function that works even when the app itself isn't active.

Elsewhere, the Beeb points out that its new Android app is based on a different audio streaming protocol, HLS (or HTTP Live Streaming in full), which takes the place of Adobe Flash technology.

The iPlayer Radio app gives users on-the-go access to BBC radio stations as well as offering on-demand content, including recent programming, podcasts, and video clips.

Early user reviews of the new BBC iPlayer Radio for Android app look encouraging.

"Slick interface, feature rich and works perfectly. Good work BBC!" commented Phil Ursell in his five star appraisal.

BBC iPlayer Radio is currently available for free download via Google Play, and will work on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above.