Why, when Android devices now have a much bigger share of the
smartphone market than Apple, does the iPhone get BBC apps first?
Why does the iPlayer run more smoothly on the iPhone and iPad, and
when will Android users get the same ability to download as well
as stream programmes? These and other questions fill my inbox and
But as I said, this is not my job, so I asked Daniel Danker, the
BBC’s head of iPlayer, apps and all that stuff, to explain. […]
“If you look at the amount of energy we spend on Apple, it pales
in comparison to what we spend on Android. […]
“People write to us saying just that, why bother supporting older
devices, why don’t you just start with - and then they insert
whichever model of phone they have. But more than a quarter of our
requests to iPlayer come from devices running Gingerbread. And the
number one device contacting us is still the Samsung Galaxy S2,
which can’t handle advanced video.”
He seems optimistic that 2013 will be a turning point for Android.