The Beeb is coming to your blower -- the BBC has announced three mobile phone apps, to be launched this year. Like Sky, the BBC will offer separate news and . It will also serve up a dedicated app.
The apps will be available on assorted mobile platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and were all mentioned. More apps will follow the initial three, perhaps offering access to niche BBC content such as its education services, or Bargain Hunt. We reckon big-name brands such as EastEnders or could even have their own apps.
It's not yet clear whether these will be paid apps or whether the BBC's licence fee-funded nature will make them free, or what the international licensing issues will be for overseas users.
Eric Huggers, Auntie's director of future media and technology, delivered the news in a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress. He shared the stage with, although there was no comparable announcement from the music-streaming service.
The apps serve up BBC content with thumbnails that are scrolled sideways, rather than the vertical scrolling favoured by most iPhone apps. The first BBC app will be the news, arriving in the iPhone App Store in April. Further apps and versions for other phones won't be far behind.
For the current catch-up options, take a look at our comprehensive round-up of