BBC iPhone apps approved, news app due today

The BBC announced on Friday that its iPhone apps have been approved for release in the UK.

The BBC originally announced the iPhone apps back in February but due to anti-competitive concerns, the BBC trust were forced to review the situation. Erick Huggers, direcor of Future Media & Technology at the BBC, announced the launch of the BBC Mobile apps in a blog posting today. "We know that increasing numbers of you want to access BBC output on-the-go and the rapid growth of internet-connected mobiles and smartphones in the market means we can cost-effectively provide our content and services on these devices, and this is a really important way for us to deliver online services in the future," he said.

The BBC is making the news app, for both iPhone and iPad, available later today. The app will also be available for Blackberry and Android phones in addition to other devices later in the year. "Our aim is to develop a set of core public service apps that bring some of the BBC's most popular, distinctive and original content to mobile in an easy to use and convenient way," said David Madden, Executive Product Manager at BBC Mobile.

BBC iPlayer and Sports apps will follow soon, featuring live TV and radio and user generated content. The BBC News app will be available in the Apple App Store later today. For more information on the BBC News app features, please visit the BBC Blog.

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As was noted in the comments above, it's version 1.0.0. You can probably expect some form of update soon to iron out the bugs.

Excellent app although I did find one small bug.

If you play a news items video, rotate the display to landscape go back to portrait and stop the video, the banner at the bottom doesn't align with the bottom of the screen.

Minor cosmetic bug.

It's a bit buggy on my 3GS. I have to delete the app from the recent apps bar to get it work otherwise it just shows a White page.

Mark Thomas said,

Yes. It's quite good. Finding it a bit juddery on a 3GS though - anyone else?

It's exactly the same on the iPhone 4. Expecting a Retina Display upgrade soon. Bear in mind it's v1.0.0

witalit said,
Its a shame all the graphics on iPhone 4 are low quality!!!!!!! Man that annoys me.

LOL on the "retina display"? What graphics are you on about?

testman said,

LOL on the "retina display"? What graphics are you on about?

I *think* he means that the app developers haven't all switched over to using high quality graphics because they've still got to cater for the older models. Also, higher quality movies obviously mean a higher data rate.

Singh400 said,
I want an official BBC Android app!

The app will also be available for Blackberry and Android phones in addition to other devices later in the year.

Singh400 said,
I want an official BBC Android app!

That's very likely to happen. The BBC have just made iOS apps first, because it's the most widely used.

How on earth is an iplayer app or news app anti-competitive??? The amount of red-tape in this world today is absolutely ridiculous

Thom said,
How on earth is an iplayer app or news app anti-competitive??? The amount of red-tape in this world today is absolutely ridiculous

I can see why it can be seen that way. It's because the BBC uses licence payer's money to develop it, unlike the other independant companies. So if everyone flocks to the BBC app and doesn't bother with the competition (who will have invested millions of their own cash in developing a news studio that will involve old and new tech) then it's seen as "anti-competitive".

However, personally I reckon the competition should simply put up or shut up.

thealexweb said,
How are the videos embed? HTML5 or QuickTime?

They would be mp4's which quicktime automatically recognises and plays

DomZ said,

They would be mp4's which quicktime automatically recognises and plays


It sucks, but until HTML5 video begins to be used in websites, we will have to leave the page and start the awful player, well at least on the iPhone....btw I thought I had the BBC app but it turns out it was one called World News which presented me the BBC top news in a faster way.

Finally.
Shove the anti-competitive practice crap already, if private companies won't/don't/can't-be-arsed-to do things, then let it fall on them being rubbish and sod the anti-competitive rules!

n_K said,
Finally.
Shove the anti-competitive practice crap already, if private companies won't/don't/can't-be-arsed-to do things, then let it fall on them being rubbish and sod the anti-competitive rules!

Murdoch is to blame holding BBC back, oh and Tories hence going cut licence to stop BBC growing and effecting Murdoch empire.