BBC iPlayer coming to Android 2.2 Froyo phones

The Beeb's iPlayer can be found in Froyo phones

The BBC iPlayer can now be streamed on Android 2.2 phones. But currently, only one exists.

The BBC iPlayer is now available on mobile phones with the Android 2.2 'Froyo' operating system. Users of the Android 2.2 OS can now catch up with their favourite shows by logging on to the iPlayer web site.

The catch is that only the Google Nexus One has received the Froyo update, with the Motorola Droid 2 expected to receive it as a free upgrade when it launches in August 2010. The HTC smartphones, including the HTC Desire, are most likely to be included in the exclusive Froyo club.

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The new operating system supports Flash 10.1, which enables the optimized version of the iPlayer to run smoothly at a Flash stream of 400kbps. The UI has been tweaked so as to ensure maximum compatibility with touchscreen devices.

The BBC warns that users can access the iPlayer only with Wi-Fi and a really powerful mobile phone processor, which most of the Android 2.2 phones will already have.

Android 3.0 is expected to release December 2010 and is codenamed 'Gingerbread'.