iPlayer apps coming to iPad and Android this week

The BBC have announced today on their Internet Blog that their brand new iPlayer apps for Android and the iPad should available by the end of this week.

While the iPad app has been long awaited, the news that the Android app will launch simultaneously has to be great news for little green robot lovers everywhere. It’s frequently the case that apps launch on iOS with Android versions lagging far behind, indeed the BBC is yet to launch it’s News app for Android many months after the iOS version hit the app store.

The only slight disappointment is that the Android app will require Flash 10.1 to be installed. I’m not sure why this is the case when the iPad doesn’t support Flash in any form but it means that owners of older and/or less powerful handsets need not apply.

On a final note, having used the frankly awesome iPlayer web app on my iPod Touch I’m still not quite sure why standalone actual apps are needed in the first place.