The lack of out of the box iPlayer support on the Nexus 7 has proved kinda annoying. This is the kind of thing that Apple fans don’t have to put up with and doesn’t do a lot for the Android cause. That said, the Android market gets stronger and stronger so things can only get better.
We’ve had a couple of threads in the forum regarding installing iPlayer and as it’s something I want myself, I’ve given it a go. It’s actually not too hard so I suggest giving it a try if you are keen to get the BBC content streaming to your tablet.
Step by Step Instructions
The following “how to” guide takes you through installing iPlayer on your Nexus 7:
- To get it running we need to install Adobe Flash and the BBC iPlayer app, neither of which you can grab from the Play store by default on the Nexus 7. In time the BBC iPlayer app should be updated so please do check if you are reading this some time in the future!
- First you need to get hold of the apps, I grabbed them from this post at the XDA Forum. But you can get them elsewhere. However, you need to make sure you trust the source as these aren’t official downloads, obtaining apps like this always has a risk. You are looking for two APK files.
- Next you have to tell Android that you are happy to take the risk, under Settings -> Security tick the “Unknown Sources” box.
- Now you have to install the two apps you’ve just downloaded, to do this you are going to need one more app. I chose to use Airdroid, but there are many other APK installers out there. Feel free to pick your own, else Airdroid is a handy app to have and allows you to mange your Nexus 7 over WiFi. Find in the Play store and install it on your Nexus 7.
- With Airdroid installing the Flash and iPlayer apps is easy. Connect to your table from your desktop browser, click on apps and hit “Install App”! The screenie below points out the important bits.
- During installation you’ll be asked to confirm on the tablet itself, make sure you are comfortable with the security permissions (especially as you are not using an official download).
- And that’s it, here’s what the iPlayer app looks like on the Nexus 7:
All being well, it should end up working like this:
Get it working? Had any problems? Let us know…
Note: I have done this and can confirm it works fine, however, attempt at your own risk!
Credit to this thread @xda-developers.com.
PS. If you install the Firefox Beta from the Play store, you can access Flash content in the browser.