Published on July 8th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Who on the Go
Need Who on the go? Canâ€™t face another bus ride, lunch hour or trip to the bathroom without flying down the time vortex one more time? Well, non-Apple mobile users rejoice! A sneaky (and not technically legal) app called myPlayer for Android powered phones will give you that much needed fix.
The app solves the iFrustrations of older Android users after the BBC announced it would only run iPlayer on version 2.2 or Froyo which carries the necessary Flash 10.1 program.
Though there is no reason, technical or otherwise; why it has to use Flash at all. Android already supports the HTML5 video tag, which should mean that phones can simply access video in a browser.
This Android mobile app is being seen as the successor to the beebPlayer which was recently closed down amid speculation that the BBCâ€™s legal Terror-hawk had issued a cease and desist order against it.
MyPlayer can be used via Wi-fi or the 3G network (though there have been reliability issues relating to Wi-fi running) and boasts a more responsive, reliable system than the recently defunct beebPlayer.
It also offers live streaming, downloadable content from the iPlayer site, live TV and Radio channels including ITV and Channel Four and access to SBS Australia (which means you can catch up with Graveyard Alive: A Zombie Nurse in Loveâ€¦at last.)
It is ideal for users who will either face an eternity waiting for their phone to update or who have issues with Flash in general. Just pray the BBC Terror-hawk isnâ€™t circling above before they fix the Wi-Fi issuesâ€¦