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April 19, 2011

CNN Launches Android App: Better Late Than Never

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

If you're a CNN watcher, you may have begun to wonder why there ISN'T an app for that – an official one, anyway. Well, now there is.

CNN lovers everywhere will be overjoyed to discover that the Cable News Network has debuted its all-new Android (News - Alert) app today. It will serve Android device users with text and multimedia news and gives users access to CNN iReport, the network’s participatory news community, writes Mashable.

The CNN Android app was created to provide users with “an immersive news experience” in an elegant and intuitive interface. As far as content goes, the app lets users have access to a wealth of resources from the news network, including live reports from the field, interviews, podcasts and user-submitted content.

In addition to text-based news reports, users can get the latest in audio formats (the app culls a lot of content from CNN Radio), photos, live video and on-demand video content. The app also allows for easy toggling between U.S. and international editions. Users can browse news by content (politics, sports, etc.) or by format (radio, video, etc.).

Users can also personalize the app to include local information (including weather), radio and podcast “favorites,” ReadItLater-like features, and a respectable lineup of social sharing options. Push notifications and a home screen widget for breaking news are also available, says Mashable.

Another interesting feature is CNN's iReport section, which basically acts as a tool for would-be citizen journalists to submit eyewitness photos and videos directly through the app.

CNN is unquestionably late to the game here; at least 15 unofficial CNN apps exist in the Android Market. Some of them are free, and others are paid. The official app is free and is available for download now. The app runs on Android 2.1 and higher.

Louis Gump, CNN's VP of mobile, said in a release, “Android users are extremely discerning and will accept nothing less than a first-rate app that showcases high-quality, world-class content -- and enables them to share it. We built the CNN App with these desires specifically in mind and are excited to offer the millions of Android phone users around the world with access to CNN’s global reporting.”

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell