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BBC iPlayer downloads finally hit majority of Android devices

Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean or KitKat can now download your favourite BBC shows from iPlayer to enjoy on the go.

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The BBC has opened up downloads to the majority of Android devices. BBC

Android-owning fans of "Doctor Who", "Eastenders" and "The Big Allotment Challenge" can now download the latest exciting episodes from BBC iPlayer to their Google-powered phones and tablets to watch on the go.

Hard on the heels of a glossy new look for the BBC's online catch-up service, iPlayer downloads are now available for every Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich or above. That means the 96 per cent of Android-owning iPlayer viewers previously missing out on downloads will now be able to take their favourite shows with them even when they don't have an Internet connection.

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The new-look BBC iPlayer. BBC

Downloads arrived on the first Android devices in September, a year after the iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad and only for the most popular 'droids used to watch iPlayer including the Amazon Kindle Fire , Google Nexus 7 and 10 , and the Galaxy S3 and S4 .

Up until now, conscientious Auntie Beeb has been testing specific devices before approving downloads to that device. But now, our favourite Aunt is throwing caution to the wind and turning on downloads to all but the oldest Android gadgets to see how they cope.

That's a whopping five thousand different phones, phablets and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean or KitKat -- check here to see if your device is supported and report any problems. If any specific device emerges to have a problem with downloads, the BBC's backroom bods will turn off downloading and work out how to fix it.

At the start of April, Ice Cream Sandwich accounted for around 15 per cent of all Android devices around the world, with Jelly Bean on 61 per cent and KitKat on about 5 per cent. Gingerbread and other Android updates that are older than Ice Cream Sandwich -- which means they don't support iPlayer downloads -- are still hanging around on roughly 17 per cent of devices.