Today, the UK's public broadcasting service, the BBC, upgraded its mobile app for Android. The update brings improvements to the UI to bring the interface a bit more in line with Android's Holo guidelines. The new version also adds support for Jelly Bean 4.2, improved video streaming over WiFi, and a new content channel.

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Here's the full changelog:

What's in this version:

Many thanks for all of your feedback on our last update. Here’s what’s new in this release:
- We’ve polished up the design of the app
- Video performance over Wi-Fi has been improved(with more improvements still to come)
- Added Android 4.2 Jelly Bean support
- You’ll find a new channel - BBC Alba
As ever, let us know what you think @bbciplayer

Of course, the BBC iPlayer isn't available outside the UK, so international users need not excite themselves too much. Still, good news for those within the country.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • mesmorino

    It used to be SO good until they made it so you had to download a different app entirely to watch or listen to anything (bbc media player). I don't know what the point of having two apps to watch one video was, but that was a complete dealbreaker. Let's go see if it's still retarded.

    • Alex Luckett

      I couldn't agree more. It's absurd. If the additional app (BBC Media Player) is unavoidable, then couldn't they make that app not appear in the launcher?

    • coversnails

      It always needed two apps installed, originally you needed iPlayer and the Flash apk, now you need the BBC Media app instead. Not defending them as its still a joke that the iOS app is in a different league and Android is forced to use Flash/Air based streams

    • Iky

      Agreed. The bbc iplayer on ios does not need flash or additional plugins to work. They should port something similar over to android.

  • Matthew King

    Call that UI polish? We need Holo!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dixonsinholland Simon Dixon

      I don't really care about the UI, the picture quality now seems to be fixed - HD (ish) quality. Yipee!

      • Matthew King

        Excellent - I noticed it too. Looks great in fullscreen!

  • Tim Peyton

    I *still* don't get region-locking.

    • Chris Mckechnie

      It's simple really, you don't pay for the bbc so you don't get to watch it. We pay a licence fee in the UK for TV so that the BBC doesn't need to show ads to make money.

    • Raphaël Briand

      I pay for the BBC, you don't. There, now you get it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dixonsinholland Simon Dixon

      I'm an expat Brit and use a free VPN. I get the BBC as part of my TV package, so don't have any conscience problems with skirting round the technical blocks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

    The BBC devotes an entire channel to Jessica Alba? Right on...

    • http://www.facebook.com/dixonsinholland Simon Dixon

      Yep, it's those Scots, they can't get enough of her.