BBC News app lands on Android tablets

App available to download in the UK Android market

Android tablet users in the UK can now download the BBC News app from the Android market for free, with plans for an international version in the works

In a blog post, Kate Milner, mobile product manager for news, Future Media said the BBC news app for Android smartphones had already been downloaded more than three million times globally since its launch last year.

While only UK punters can avail of the free app right now, international readers can soon hope for a version to hit their Android-powered tablets.

Tablets which are 7.1-inch and smaller will get the smartphone app, while the larger ones powered by Android's Honeycomb 3.0 or higher (Ice Cream Sandwich) will get this version.

Developed by BBC's in-house team, the News Channel live while not available now, will be added to the app in a later release. Homescreen widgets is another feature we can hope to see in future releases.

With both landscape and portrait modes provided, the app can be personalised and provides On Demand video whether the tablet is using 3G or wi-fi.

"Growing numbers of people are accessing BBC News on mobiles and tablets. In an average week, the BBC News sites and apps are visited by around 9.7m users worldwide on mobile and tablet devices. That represents about 26% of the total," Milner added.

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