Massively popular smartphone app is now optimised for large-screen tablets too.

BBC News for Android Tablets

The BBC has launched a tablet version of the public broadcaster’s popular news app for Android smartphones with an international version available soon.

The Android BBC News app has been downloaded more than three million times since it arrived last year but the latest version has an optimised layout for larger tablet devices, with 7.1-inch mini tablets sticking to the smartphone layout.

"Growing numbers of people are accessing BBC News on mobiles and tablets," said the Beeb’s mobile news chief Kate Milner in a blog post announcing the new version.

"In an average week, the BBC News sites and apps are visited by around 9.7m users worldwide on mobile and tablet devices. That represents about 26% of the total," Milner added.

The Beeb will be working on more mobile and tablet improvements over the year.

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