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BBC Launches Mobile News App

Who says the licence fee doesn’t deliver? Today sees the launch of the BBC News app, initially on the Apple iPhone and iPad, with versions for other platforms due later in the year.

In a blog post the Beeb’s app director, David Madden, outlined the functionality that users can expect from the new apps which aim to put the latest news from BBC journos into the palm of your hand.

The app includes the BBC’s top Stories, UK & International news, Business, Politics, Health, Education, Science and Environment, Technology and Entertainment stories as well as Features and Analysis from correspondents around the world.

Scroll sideways through each news category and move up/down to access more content. Pulling down on the interface allows you to refresh the stories. A neat personalisation feature then lets you re-order the categories to your preference.

The app also has a latest news banner to keep you up to date with breaking headlines and the BBC News Channel streams live to your phone to keep up with the latest news items.

Of course there’s the usual array of sharing functionality, so that you can pass on anything that interests you to friends on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, or even just via email.

Finally landscape view gives you a handy way to skim through headlines without drilling down into the actual article.

iPad users will be pleased to hear that the iPhone app has been replicated for their tablet-based enjoyment. Click here to see the Beeb’s video demo of the BBC News iPad app.

Users of other platforms might be feeling left out after all that, but the Beeb assures us that versions for Android and Blackberry will follow later this year.

In the meantime, we’ll take this opportunity to remind you that a while ago the BBC developed a series of launcher apps to give you quick access to the BBC News BBC Sport and BBC Mobile websites on Blackberry series 4.3 and above phone.

Crackberry addicts might do well to check those out while you wait for the new app. Additionally, if you own a BB Bold 2 (9700) or a Storm 2, then you can download a short cut app for BBC iPlayer from that page as well.

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Jon Rust