Huawei Devices has called on the ABC to drop its anti-Android bias and get the iView app on Android smartphones ASAP.
With the latest smartphone sales figures showing Android devices now make up the overwhelming majority of Australian smartphones, Huawei has said it’s time for the public broadcaster to stop playing technology favourites.
“Like many Australian Android users, I have been hearing ‘the Android iView app is coming’ for far too long,” said Huawei Corporate Affairs Director Jeremy Mitchell. “Despite the claims of the ABC, there has been no real evidence that there is any desire to fill this blatant gap. It feels like Godot will arrive before the iView app gets here on Android.”
As more and more Australians turn to mobile devices to watch online video, the ABC’s iView service remains unobtainable for Australian Android users. Huawei is one of the world’s top-5 smartphone makers, with Huawei Android smartphones now available through all major Australian carriers.
“Is the ABC the Apple Broadcast Corporation or the Anti-droid Broadcast Corporation? Looking at the evidence, they both fit so well,” Mr Mitchell said.
The ABC was granted $30 million in taxpayer funds to strengthen its online service delivery in 2013, yet the iView app has been available only for Apple since 2010 – a technological lifetime ago. The ABC itself has said that demand for its Android news app has grown by 360% over the past year, yet the broadcaster has been dragging its heels in bringing the popular iView service to Android smartphones and tablets.
“It’s disappointing that the public broadcaster has turned its back on the predominant operating system which is free, open, and not aligned to one particular company. Rather, the ABC has continued to favour one company’s product and platform,” Mr Mitchell said. “This is a public policy issue – imagine if the ABC only broadcast their TV programming to one brand of television – it’s outrageous!”