Android Apps

BBC News tablet app now supports international users

February 23, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka



Last month, BBC launched a well-received Android app pptimized for Honeycomb tablets. That app was unfortunately made available only to residents in the United Kingdom, leaving BBC News admirers in the U.S., Asia, and elsewhere unable to access the app’s content. That changes today.

BBC News has officially added support for international users. The app had already amassed more than 1 million downloads when it was available only for phones, and that number is sure to climb considering that the BBC News websites and mobile apps have more than 9.7 million users. The app should make those users more comfortable browsing on a tablet. I’ve been playing around with BBC News for a few minutes and love the design’s simplicity. There are plenty of stories, content is organized well, it loads quickly, and its easy to swipe between articles with just a gesture or two.

On Android 3.0 and higher tablets, users should see a design optimized for Honeycomb and larger screens. Included is a wealth of stories in international news, politics, business, entertainment, technology, sports, and art. Aside from the many articles available, BBC video reports and live radio streaming bolster the multimedia aspect. Here’s a list of other features available now.

• Simple design with easy scrolling for efficient browsing
• Tap to reveal full-screen article and in-story video
• Swipe through stories to browse
• Post stories to social networks, or share via email and SMS
• Listen live to BBC World Service radio
• Watch or listen to the latest news headlines
• Personalise your home screen by adding, removing or reordering sections
• Choose to automatically update content in the background
• Set text size to suit your preferences

click the image above to install