NPR brings 'News app' to Android

After the successful iPhone application, NPR today launched Android application as well, Today’s launch makes NPR the first U.S. radio broadcaster to launch an app for Android. Powered by NPR’s API, the app uses open source code which will allow developers and NPR stations to iterate and improve the app in the future.

Highlights of the NPR News app for Android:

  • Backgrounding. The NPR News app for Android allows backgrounding, so that users can click to listen to audio and then toggle between applications as the audio is playing.
  • Listen and Read. Allows users to listen to programs and read news at the same time.
  • Extensive Topics Section. News section showcases NPR’s top 10-20 topics of the day ranging from Science to Books to World News.
  • NPR Station Listening Choices. Easy to find and bookmark more than 600 favorite NPR stations and hundreds of station on-demand streams. Live station streaming to launch in Spring 2010.
  • Playlist. Bookmark favorite programs to play later.

The biggest feature missing from the Android app is the ability to listen to stations live. You can listen to archived programs, but live streaming and tuning in to live stations won’t be available until Spring 2010.

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