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If, like many people in the UK, you like to sit down to a bit of The Inbetweeners or The IT Crowd in the evening, or maybe you just like your news delivered by Jon Snow, you're going to like what we're about to tell you: Channel 4 has finally made its 4oD app available on Android.

Using the app, you'll be able to watch content from Channel 4, E4 and More4 without paying a penny, although like most other catch-up TV services, the content will be ad-supported before you begin to watch your show. Like the web version of 4oD, you can access shows for 30 days after they air, and go through the archives to pick out memorable episodes from the past 30 years.

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Now for the bad news: unfortunately, Channel 4 only allows you to stream video content over Wi-Fi, which seems like a truly ridiculous restriction considering that the UK has a truly unlimited 3G network as well as a 4G network that exists for precisely this purpose. In addition to this, if you are using a rooted device, you won't be able to use the app at all.

Aside from those couple of silly restrictions and a few minor issues with the initial version, which I'm sure will be fixed sooner rather than later, you should definitely download the app, which is available for Android 4.0 and above, to try it out first hand. Just don't expect those Grand Designs to look as impressive on your 4-inch smartphone.

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • seb

    Works fine on my rooted nexus 7

  • Danny Holyoake

    Hot dang, it's about time.

    The look and feel of this app puts BBC's iPlayer to shame.

    • mesmorino

      The BBC iPlayer app just took a weird turn sideways when they introduced that useless media player business

      • jaduncan

        Two words: background radio.

        • mesmorino

          What do you mean? That I should use the app for background radio, or that you do? I'm not that interested in radio, to be honest. If it's not the dj/presenter or the ads interrupting the music incessantly, it's the latest release being overplayed into oblivion

          Radio's let me down too much

          • jaduncan

            No, they altered it to be a bit freer from flash to allow background operation for radio.

  • http://twitter.com/LiamCoylle Liam Coyle

    I downloaded the app over 3G :)

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    The world is good again, it might not be too much fun on a 4" screen - but I am really enjoying it on the Nexus 7!

  • mick

    I have a htc Desire but cannot access it now previously i could does any one know why

  • app

    Apk ?