BBC denies unfairly favoring Apple’s iOS, explains that Android is ‘fragmented’ and development costly

“The BBC Trust today responded to a complaint the broadcaster favored iOS devices when it comes to adding features to its catch-up on demand iPlayer service for Android phones,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerowrld. “This complaint was rejected because the Trust found ‘no evidence’ to suggest iOS had been ‘unfairly favored.'”

“Instead of pro-Apple favouritism, the Trust found a series of quite logical reasons why Android lagged iOS when new features were added to iPlayer, mostly surrounding the ‘complexity and expense’ of developing for Android,” Evans reports. “The company also noted a couple of other logical reasons why developers dealing with limited time and budget would opt for Apple’s mobile OS: Engagement is higher on Apple devices; Android is fragmented; [and] Android development is complex and expensive.”

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    1. Nonsense.

      Fragmentation is a feature, not a problem.

      The Goo universe does not believe in one size fits all. To each his own. Let the developer be damn$d.

    2. Wait a minute. The same BBC that developed for Windows and left Apple Mac users out in the cold for so long, is now being accused of favoring Apple iOS devices.

      Jim fixed it!

    1. That’s freedom for the customer.
      The article is about the inconvenience and cost of supporting multiple Androids. Developers’ freedom gets them to choose NOT to develop for a platform that annoys them.

    1. Actually the opposite is true. When they have a show about electronics or news is reporting something about gadgets the BBC bias is STRONGLY towards android. Their “technology experts” love to talk about the “openness” of android, the cheapness of android, the bigger-ness of android….etc. Without a clue about how technology actually works.

      When it comes to actually developing their stuff for android it bites them in the ass. I know, it should be arse. That is what they are now having to explain to the android complainers.

      1. That’s because the guys who run software development in the BBC actually have to live within a budget, and get the most bang for the buck, er, push for the pound as possible. They live in the real world.

        On the other hand, the BBC journalists, like most such, are liberals.

        1. Because “liberals” not only don’t have to deal with budgets, but they also don’t live in the “real world”? Life must be really hard for you – having your head so far up your own ass you can’t even hear how ridiculous you sound.

            1. There you go… brilliant retort. I bet you enjoy getting your ass sucked. However, no liberal would come within 100 ft. of that cesspool, because liberals have something called brains. Of course, I do grasp the small matter that that’s something you’d have a hard time wrapping your vacuous gelatin around.

            2. Really? The Libs I know at this University are so open minded that their brains fell out long ago.

              Quote for this decade for all that is going on with the world and our leaders: “Don’t let your mind be so open that your brain falls out.”

              And there lies the problem. Open mindedness is good—up to a point.

  1. The irony here is that it took the Beeb years to give Mac users access to its on-demand service; they were heavily Microsoft-Windows biased before.

    1. The same argument – and its outcome – applies. The BBC got more bang for the buck (push for the pound) in terms of reaching its user base by developing for Windows rather than Mac. The development environments really are not at all similar, and Windows did not at that time have the fragmentation problems that have always plagued Android. As the market changed, so did their emphasis.

  2. Since when is it a crime to favor one OS over another? AutoCAD favored Windows over Mac for years and years, and although it frustrated many Mac users, it was completely within their right to make that decision.

  3. The BBC is NOT government funded — not for its UK-based operations anyway. (International operations do receive some government funding.) The BBC is funded by licence payers — a legal requirement for everyone who uses a tv set or equivalent in the UK. (So the argument that different rules apply is still relevant.)

    1. TA, that’s really a distinction without a difference. A mandatory fee, the collection of which is enforced by power of the government, is in fact a tax; see “Boston Tea Party” for precedents on this. And anything that’s funded by a tax is essentially government-funded.

      (And from your name, I think you’re in the same position as Spock in the new Star Trek universe: a member of an endangered species.)

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