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BBC to offer free iPhone and Blackberry apps

Free apps to include BBC news and sport

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The BBC is to offer a range of free applications to deliver BBC News and BBC Sport to a wide range of smartphones including the iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobiles.

Free Android, iPhone and Blackberry apps from the BBC

Although mobile users can already access the BBC website on mobile phones, the BBC says its new range of applications (apps) will deliver BBC online services to mobile devices in a way that means BBC content can be enjoyed much better on the move.  

All applications will be available free of charge.

The free news and sports apps were announced today at Mobile World Congress by the BBC Director of Future Media and Technology Erik Huggers.

BBC News application

The first application to launch will be the BBC News app for iPhone in April 2010. According to the BBC it will provide the same breaking news and broadcast content already available on the BBC website. It says this includes all features and analysis and a wide range of live and on-demand audio and video content.

The news application will initially be available on Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The BBC says applications will follow on RIM (Blackberry) and Google (Android) operating systems later in the year. 

To see the latest smartphones put through their paces in our lab tests check out the Which? mobile phone review.

BBC Sport application

The BBC says a free BBC Sport application will be available on the iPhone and iPod Touch in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Football fans will be able to access live match video whenever it’s being broadcast on TV by the BBC. 

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users will also be able to view on-demand clips of every goal scored in the World Cup. 

The BBC says users will be able to listen to Radio 5 live and access live text commentaries from BBC presenters and blogs. It plans to expand the service by adding Formula 1 and coverage of other sports later in the year. 

The sports application will initially be available on Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices in May 2010. Versions on RIM (Blackberry) and Google (Android) operating systems are to follow later in the year.

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