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BBC News Mobile for Windows Phone has been bumped to version 4.1, which we believe to be a minor update to alert consumers that the app will be shutting down soon due to the entanglement with the BBC. Developer Lawrence Gripper has published a public beta for a new app to take BBC News Mobile's place, called Paper Boy. When launching BBC News Mobile after updating, a warning screen (pictured above) is displayed, linking to the Paper Boy beta.

Paper Boy, as we've covered before, is a fully featured app that pulls stories from not only the BBC, but you’ve also got ArsTechnica, Wired, TechCrunch, the Washington Post, Financial Times, Reuters, and more. Be sure to check out the public beta of Paper Boy to relay feedback back to Lawrence Gripper on Twitter or the UserVoice.

You can download the free, public beta of Paper Boy from the Windows Phone Store. Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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Is WPCentral going to be featured on that technology list as well?

Rich Edmonds says:

Heh, we sure hope so ;-)

Ingramator says:

Screw the BBC.

The only thing the BBC is good for is the doctor and top gear.

Graham Norton, Merlin, copper

They must share HQ's or at least ideas with the instagram folks. Btw, I will no longer support them since they're not supporting my phone.

I thought at least when the BBC told Lawrence to stop his app it was because they had an official one in the pipeline but no. Just seems petty and bloody minded

andrewb65 says:

No, it was becasue they think their mobile website is all you need, when it actually sucks donkey's you know what..
This indie BBC News app is really good and puts their own efforts to shame. Simple sour grapes. The are so far up Apples rectum, they refuse to do anything to support WP.

paulxxwall says:

Once it changes to that paper boy I'll probably delete it .i hate going generic

theefman says:

Paper Boy seems to work well but I'll use the BBC version as long as I can. Stupid Auntie!

clappenings says:

Slightly off topic, I'd be willing to pay a small fee to use the iPlayer app here in the US

diplomat696 says:

I agree, being originally from the UK but now living in the US it would be nice to keep up with BBC news but hey I guess they don't share my viewpoint......

gizzzmo says:

a sign of an official app coming perhaps? it's about time BBC pulled their finger out of its..

danWP7allday says:

Forget it. They love Apple too much

gizzzmo says:

I know, I just can't get over that they can get away with the bias towards WP. I mean, they STILL use Windows in their studios/offices.

ctafield says:

It's got nothing to do with bias. They have a finite budget (funded by UK tv licence payers, and overseas sales+advertising etc...). Of course they're going to prioritise development on the more popular platforms first to get most user coverage. Honestly this constant claim of bias is nonsense, just simple (very simple) maths.

diplomat696 says:

WP has almost a 10% share though in the UK now so to me that argument of not enough users is starting to wear a little thin

stjimmie says:

Bollocks to that, i pay my license, so im very well entitled to an official bbc app. Yes they may have a budget, but regardless how much is it really going to cost them to make and maintain an official app for wp8? Next to f**k all. Instead of using my money to pay for silly things, which i don't watch and then still take my money, is a damn right c*ntish move... NOW GIVE ME MY APPS.

scottisafool says:

"I pay my licence fee so GIMME GIMME GIMME what *I* want" and how long before iPhone/Android users start saying "I pay my licence fee, why are you wasting money on silly things like a WP8 app"
As for how much does it cost to make and maintain an app, you have no idea, absolutely *no* idea what goes into making an app (or any software for that fact), so saying it would cost f8ck all, is as you so aptly put it "bollocks."
Get a hold of yourself.

AndyGriff says:

If they can afford to run an entire Gaelic channel, they can afford to develop a WP app. (Or at least not force a perfectly good third-party, non-profit-making developer using data feeds the BBC makes freely available to withdraw his efforts from the WP store.)

stjimmie says:

@scottisafool, boy you do act like your namesake. Regardless of you trying to belittle my comment, how about you go and ask gripper how much it costs him to start the app and maintain it. And when you realise that your comment are based on silly assumptions that its expensive as hell.. you then sir, can royally f#*% off

ctafield says:

I happen to know that Scott develops apps so he's already fully aware of the costs involved.
And as for a Gaelic channel. They run it as they're obliged to. They're not obliged to cater to the minority of smartphone users.

scottisafool says:

I would love for you to do both things you suggested and I'm sure you'd be told how much time and effort (money isn't the only cost you know) went into the app and see if he would agree with your assumption of cost.

stjimmie says:

Listen compared to what the bbc rake in, and then to use some.of that money to build and app, shouldn't cost that much.. Capiche?

nickengineer says:

They can find the budget to constantly refine and release new ios apps. Therefore the lack of budget argument is invalid.

ctafield says:

They can refine and release new iOS apps as they have iOS developers on staff. You think these people could develop the Windows Phone app too? Probably not, therefore there's a cost involved. But hey, whatever, let's all think whatever is the current "they're all out to get Windows Phone users" paranoid group hive mentality that seems to be the current trend.

Robborboy says:

It baffles me how so many devs forget something as simple as a black theme for the many of with OLED screeds.

BBC is significantly more popular in Europe than it is in the US. Sound like anything else we know of? Oh yeah, WINDOWS PHONES. Get it together, BBC.

inteller says:

instead of being cocks, the BBC should have just bought the app from Larry and contracted him to update it.

danWP7allday says:

Just been reading reports that MSFT spent more in advertising Surface than they took in revenue from it.

stjimmie says:

Dont worry, in 15-20 years time, itll be worth a fortune, trust me.

NightWatch71 says:

That is the entry fee for the tablet market. It was really though to break into, considering the cheap Androids and premium iPads. They are paying the price of being late.

ctafield says:

Meanwhile, a quick search for BBC News on the marketplace yields dozens of crappy apps (masquerading as official apps) that BBC are more than happy to let sit there and tarnish their reputation.

benryder says:

It might be a massive coincidence but I updated to this version of the app this morning and it sapped my battery. From 100% to 9% (when I noticed!) in about 4 hours.
Nothing else changed on my phone apart from this App.

DJCBS says:

I really hate the colour scheme and visuals of PaperBoy. So I'll keep with BBC until it goes down. After that I'll probably just stick to The Guardian and Fox News.

Awww... I thought that great game was being revived and ported to windows phone...

davidD93 says:

Boooooooo - One of the best apps ever, hope the BBC are planning to do an official app soon (yeah right, in my dreams)

nickengineer says:

Couple of months ago, BBC Radio 5 ran a story on webcams being hacked and people being spied on. They managed to find a listener to come on and tell her story of how it happened to her. She worked in a "computer shop", just to enhance her credibility. Nice long interview about what happened, and how she worked it out.
Then, right at the end, managed to get in, "it wouldn't happen to me now though, I got a Mac after advice from my boyfriend. And they don't suffer from viruses and stuff..."
No bias at the BBC, my arse. Took me a 2 minute search of Facebook to find her. Guess which "computer shop" she works at? Yep, the Apple Store.

stjimmie says:

Do you happen to have the link to the story?

nickengineer says:

Couldn't find one, but if you check the 5live twitter feed for 20th June, there might be something there.

I've found paper boy to be quite nice.  The addition of news feeds from reuters is a big plus for me. 

Jean80 says:

Funny how this third party BBC News app on Windows Phone is better than the official BBC News app on Android. BBC can't even spend our license fee money properly to create a proper app on Android let alone WP. 

BGBrereton says:

Don't upgrade! Some of the functionality, like opening the article in the browser and sharing articles has been broken in the update. I was happy with the app and glad I could keep using it even though it had been withdrawn but now I regret updating as there's little hope of fixes to these new issues.