BBC News App now available for Android tablets

The BBC have announced that their News app for Android is now available for larger tablet devices.


BBC News App mockup on an Android tablet

The app offers a similar layered browsing experience to the iPad version, with text and video content that can be viewed in both portrait and landscape modes.  Following  the success of the BBC News app for Android smartphones, the updated BBC News app is now available in the Android Marketplace.   It is available for devices running Android Honeycomb 3.0 or above, while smaller 7.1-inch tablets will still get the smartphone version of the app.

“It offers a simple way of navigating through the key news sections in both landscape and portrait mode.”  said the BBC’s Kate Milner

“You can personalise these to suit your interests; we’ve made it easy to share stories and the app also provides On Demand video within stories, in both 3G and wi-fi.”

“We’ll be offering the News Channel live in a later release. We’re also working on homescreen widgets.”

The announcement post on the BBC’s Internet Blog also revealed that mobile traffic now makes up 26% of weekly traffic to it’s BBC News sites, which equates to  9.7m visitors worldwide on mobile and tablet devices per week.

The app is available to download now  from the Android Market in the UK.


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