Dec 22nd, 2009

Alright NPR lovers – and I know there are plenty of you out there – go hit up Android Market and search “NPR” because they’ve just made their Android Application available for download! Earlier this month they told us it was in the works, yesterday afternoon it went live and today they’ve reached out to give us some bullet points on what you can expect:

NPR becomes first US Radio Broadcaster to launch Android App

Washington, D.C.; December 22, 2009 – The NPR News app for Android-enabled devices is now available in the Android Marketplace. 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.

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So there you have it… if you need another excuse to put that 3.5mm headset jack to good use you may have just found it. Unless your phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headset jack and then… yeah that’s irritating. Don’t you hate that?