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BBC Sport app hits Android devices month after iOS launch

The BBC Sport app has launched for Android smartphones and tablets, with the news-based application available from the Google Play store now.

Compatible with all versions of the Google OS, from Android 2.2 FroYo upwards, the new Android BBC Sport app is currently tailored to all smartphone variations and tablet’s up to 7-inches in size, with 10-inch Android tablet owners, such as those making use of the Google Nexus 10, set to receive a less than optimised experience.

“The official BBC Sport app is the sports fan’s guide to live sport news, video highlights, scores stats, fixtures and results, curated by the BBC’s team of sport journalists,” an official spokesperson for the broadcaster turn news giant has announced.

With dedicated pages for a selection of the country’s leading sports, including football, Formula 1, rugby union, tennis and golf, the Android BBC Sport app offers the same functionality as its iPhone and iPad compatible predecessor, with live and on-demand video and audio content bringing the sporting action to life.

“Many of you have been waiting  for this so I’m very pleased that from today Android users can get access to BBC Sport through an app,” Keith Mitchell, the technical lead for BBC Sport’s mobile division said. “The launch of the BBC Sport app for the Android platform today is another important step in serving sports fans across multiple platforms.”

Speaking via the official BBC blog, Mitchell added: “One additional benefit to the release of the Android app is that it scales to small tablet devices. We have ensured that the app scales well to support newer smaller seven-inch tablets like the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire family of devices.”

Led by a home screen displaying the top stories across the full world of sport, Mitchell has revealed that users will soon be able to receive increased customisation options for the BBC Sport app. Speaking on future updates, he stated that there are “a couple of features we are currently working on and which you should expect to see shortly.” He added: “These include customisable quick links for the main navigation, team customisation and home screen widgets.”

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