Following the lead of the New York Times, the Economist, Guardian, and other mainstream publications, the venerable Washington Post has finally decided to launch its own Android app. The app is fairly polished and its content covers a variety of subjects including, politics, opinions, sports, lifestyle, business, technology, travel, and entertainment.
In addition to the articles, the app also includes the following features:
- Comprehensive weather information, with hourly updates and 7-day forecasts for cities around the world. Residents of the Washington DC area can also use the weather maps, radar images, and weather alerts features
- Washington DC area users will also receive traffic information, including real-time alerts, traffic cams with live snapshots of road conditions, and continuous updates from Dr. Gridlock
- High-quality photographs and visual essays
- Alerts for breaking news
- Keyword search capabilities
- Sharing of content throw a variety of mediums
Currently, there are no indications that the Washington Post will adopt a pay-per-view model for its articles so there is a good chance that this app is will remain free.
For more information on the app, check out the press release:
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today The Washington Post introduced its new smartphone App for Android™ users, now available for free in Android Market™. The app combines the best in politics, international, finance, arts & culture and local news with the core functionality of the device to create an intuitive, mobile news experience for users. The app also offers visual storytelling, featuring award-winning Post photography in photo galleries and photo essays.
“The Washington Post App for Android is another example of our commitment to creating mobile products that offer dynamic experiences,” said Ken Babby, Chief Revenue Officer and General Manager of Digital at The Washington Post. “As we think about more ways to reach our local and national audiences, we will continue to innovate and develop products that deliver rich user experiences.”
For local users, the app features valuable traffic information, including real-time Metro arrival times and alerts, traffic cams that give live snapshots of road conditions and continuous updates from Dr. Gridlock. The app also has comprehensive weather information, including updates from the Capital Weather Gang, 7-day and hourly forecasts for cities across the globe, and weather maps with radar images and weather alerts for the D.C. metropolitan area.
“As the leading news source in the nation’s capital, we’re focused on making our news content available wherever readers want it and that includes on Android-powered devices. Our app has incredible breadth of content—it offers everything from breaking news to in-depth commentary to sports coverage and more,” said Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor.
The app’s “Dashboard” allows users to quickly access key areas of the app with a single “tap,” whether looking for sections, blogs, photo galleries, traffic, or weather. Other features of the app include a breaking news feeds threaded throughout the app; an intuitive, simple interface with keyword search capability and easy sharing of articles via e-mail, SMS, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Washington Post Android App is available for free in Android Market available at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.washingtonpost.android.
For more information on The Post’s suite of mobile products, visit www.washingtonpost.com/mobile.
The Washington Post Android app is sponsored by Toyota dealers in the Washington, D.C. area.