While the BBC adds new features to its iPlayer apps at a decent clip, it can't always ensure they get enough real-world testing before they're shipped. Maybe that's why the Beeb has today launched a new Mobile iPlayer beta programme that aims to gather feedback on its latest additions. Right now, the programme is Android-only and supports devices running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and up, but the broadcaster says it will also bring beta testing to iOS and Kindle Fire devices in the future.
The latest version of the iPlayer beta Android app includes improvements to video playback, but also an integrated player for catch-up content. The BBC wants to do away with the BBC Media Player app that is currently required to stream content, but needs it left installed for the time being. If you're interested in becoming an early tester, head over to the app's dedicated Play Store page and click "Become A Tester." However, you must be quick as there are only 1,000 spots. If you do enroll, simply use the app as you would normally, but you'll also now be able to share comments with the iPlayer team via the new "Feedback" button in the main menu.