Newser’s vivid, short snapshots of the day’s news are perfect for mobile, and we think on-the-go users will enjoy our new app — it’s faster and more useful, especially with the new ‘read this story to me’ and other voice-command features.
Chicago (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
Online news service Newser (http://www.newser.com) announced today that it has released a news app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform. The Newser app is available for free download now from the Windows Phone Store.
Patrick Spain, CEO of Newser, said, “Newser’s vivid, short snapshots of the day’s news are perfect for mobile, and we think on-the-go users will enjoy our new app — it’s faster and more useful, especially with the new ‘read this story to me’ and other voice-command features.”
“Apps come to life on Windows Phone thanks to features like Live Tiles, beautiful panoramic design and the ability to run on the lock screen,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Apps, Microsoft Corp. “Newser takes advantage of all of these features and more to give people a fun and unique way to keep up with the stories they care about most,” he continued.
The Newser Windows Phone app includes these unique features specific to the Windows Phone 8 platform:
- Enhanced tiles: Users can resize the Newser tiles to any of three sizes. Counts of the number of unread stories are shown, in addition to the headline of the most recent story if the tile is sized to the new wide size.
- Lock screen integration: Newser can show the number of unread stories and the latest headline on the lock screen. Additionally, users can let Newser update the lock screen wallpaper.
- Voice commands: Users can press and hold the start button and give Newser voice commands, such as “Newser start” to launch the app, “Newser (section name)” to launch the app and navigate to a section grid or “Newser search” to trigger the search feature. The app will ask what the user wants to search for and then show the results.
- Text-to-speech: On the story page, users can tap the “Read this story to me” button and Newser will read the story to them!
Other features include:
- Graphic quick view of current headlines
- Alternate views of the news (by date, popularity, section, importance, etc.)
- Media galleries, including pinch and zoom of images
- “Toast” notifications of breaking news. Notifications immediately inform the user of important news stories
- Social sharing of stories via Facebook, Twitter email and text messages
- Easy tools for commenting on stories
Newser’s app for the Windows Phone 8 platform (as well as the previous-generation Windows Phone 7) is available now in the Windows Phone store on the phone or here: http://www.newser.com/windowsphone.
About Newser, LLC
Newser, LLC (http://www.newser.com), an online news service, uses proprietary technology to locate the most important and interesting news from among the thousands of stories breaking each day. Newser’s writers and editors then write and publish short, pithy stories in a smart, efficient and entertaining graphic format.