The long-promised update to the ABC's Android app has finally been released. We were promised two months ago that the update was "on the way", which makes the release fairly speedy compared to some apps we could mention.
The app offers live streaming of ABC News 24 and 28 radio stations, as well as the ability to browse ABC news sites. The new version only runs on Android 2.2 and above (the older release ran on Android 1.5 devices as well). However, the ABC warns that older phones may have some challenged with the streaming. In the announcement press release, mobile executive producer Manuela Davidson explained:
We will be serving ABC News24 to pre-Honeycomb smartphones with Flash 11 and to Honeycomb and ICS with HLS. However, despite all of our efforts, we know some devices running Froyo and Gingerbread won’t be able to play ABC News24 because of hardware limitations.
iOS remains the dominant platform for ABC site visitors, accounting for 84 per cent of the audience. The improved Android app might well change that. The ABC Android app is a free download.
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