Both Microsoft and Nokia were a little late to the game when it came to competing with the likes of Google and Apple. Windows Phone was only launched in the second half of 2010, a two years after Android's debut and more than three years after the first iPhone hit shelves. Then there's Nokia, which, up until last year, was adamant that it wouldn't adopt a third party OS for its smartphones. Together the two companies have been playing catch-up, and this week Nokia revealed that Windows Phone users will soon get access to BBC's iPlayer application.
A spokesperson for Nokia told the Inquirer that BBC iPlayer would be available for Windows Phone devices 'in weeks.'
"BBC iPlayer is expected to arrive on Windows Phone within the next few weeks, a sign that the Windows Phone Marketplace is attracting more developers," the Nokia employee is quoted as saying.
Already available on Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry (BlackBerry OS 5.0 and higher), BBC's iPlayer allows users to catch up with their favourite shows as well as watch live TV on their smartphones. Despite a lack of support for Windows PHone, this wouldn't be the first time BBC's iPlayer has found itself onto a Nokia device. In 2008, before Windows Phone and before Microsoft's partnership with Nokia, the BBC made a version of the iPlayer for Nokia's N96. Neither BBC nor Microsoft has confirmed the news for Windows Phone support for iPlayer but we'll keep you posted. If the Inquirer's information is accurate, it won't be long.