Free AP Mobile News Network App for BlackBerry Gets Official
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
I just got word from the Associated Press that it has launched the full version of its free AP Mobile News Network application for BlackBerry. The app’s not new—in fact I recently reviewed the beta version—but the latest release fixes a number of known bugs.
AP Mobile News Network offers users a variety of news types, including top news, local, U.S., tech, showbiz, sports, world, elections information, from greater than 700 “trusted sources,” according to the AP. And images are often included with new stories. The application is completely customizable so you can pick the content you want and ditch what you don’t. You can also save specific stories and share them with friends via e-mail.
According to the AP, its Mobile News Network received more than 26 million page views and more than 1.5 million local stories were read during the month of September. That number will likely grow in October due to the AP Mobile News Network for BlackBerry official release.
The company says it’s also working on a Mobile News Network app for devices other than BlackBerry and the iPhone/iPod touch, though no specific details are available quite yet.
Today seems to be a good day for BlackBerry software releases; it’s the first day of RIM’s inaugural BlackBerry Developer Conference; and a brand new version of the popular mobile Twitter app for BlackBerry, TwitterBerry, was officially released.
In fact, the AP Mobile News Network app is a finalist in the “Personal Productivity and Lifestyle” category for this year’s BlackBerry Developer Challenge awards taking place at RIM’s Developer Conference. (Keeping checking in at the Mobile WorkHorse blog for more on the Developer Challenge, as well as the BlackBerry Cool 15.)
(Note: The image that accompanies this post is from a happier time when the Red Sox were still in the World Series race…)
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.