ABC updates Android app after "large shift" to the platform

ABC has updated its Android app to bring it in line with the iOS version

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has updated its Android app to bring it in line with the iOS version, adding the ability to view radio and TV content and a number of other new features.

None

Australia's national public broadcaster said the new app update was driven by a huge increase in use over the past year.

ABC's Director of Innovation, Angela Clark, said in a statement that active usage of the ABC Android app has more than tripled over the last 12 months, signalling a "large shift" to Android.

"Australians have a love affair with mobile devices generally, but we have seen a large shift to Android over the past year.

We get a lot of feedback from our audience members asking us to produce more Android apps and we are putting more resources into mobile this year to enable us to better service all mobile users."

According to Clark, Android users now represent 35 per cent of all mobile browsers on ABC's Web site.

Among the new features of the 3.0.2 version of the app include the ability to view radio and TV content, and a 'Wake up with the ABC' alarm clock that allows users to wake up to an ABC TV or radio program.

ABC says it has improved the presentation of news stories, adding audio and video, and introduced a new navigation structure that aims to make the app easier to use.

The app also allows users to watch live streams of ABC News 24 and see upcoming programs on its ABC 1, 2, and 3 channels. However, access to ABC's catch up iView service, freely available on the iOS app for iPad and iPhone, is still not available on Android.

The new ABC Android app will work with smartphones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above and is available now from the Google Play Store.

The current app will also work with tablets, but ABC says a tablet specific version "is already under production" and will be "coming soon".

The new navigational menu in the ABC Android app.
The new navigational menu in the ABC Android app.

Reading a news article in the ABC Android app.
Reading a news article in the ABC Android app.

Users can watch live streams of the ABC News 24 channel.
Users can watch live streams of the ABC News 24 channel.

The settings page of the ABC Android app.
The settings page of the ABC Android app.

Tags abcABC TVappsGoogle Androidsmartphonesandroid apps

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

Good Gear Guide

2 Comments

AJ

1

Perhaps if the ABC actually made a decent android app in the first place they would have more than 35% their pathetic treatment of android is unacceptable still no iView after all this time.

Android has not just picked up you have treated us like second class citizens so we have not bothered with you poor excuse for an app.

mintslice

2

@AJ, too right. They build a half arsed app and then wonder why no-one is using it.

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?