Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) January 16, 2014
Curious.com, the marketplace for lifelong learning, today unveiled its universal app for both the iPad and iPhone. Now available in the iTunes store and at curious.com/app, it replaces previous iPhone and iPad apps and enables a beautiful and cohesive experience across both devices. The universal app makes its debut with the Curious 52 Challenge, where Curious learners are encouraged to take a new Curious lesson each week throughout the year (see separate release -- Curious.com Kicks Off the New Year with the Curious 52 Challenge -- for details).
The launch of the universal app comes as Curious’ mobile usage continues to climb, with more than 40% of visitors accessing lessons on mobile devices. The app helps people discover thousands of short, interactive video-based lessons anytime, anyplace. Mobile learners can try something new, brush up on an existing skill, or find out more about a topic as soon as the idea strikes.
“We want to make lifelong learning as easy and accessible as playing Candy Crush,” said Curious CEO, Justin Kitch. “Which means having both an elegant mobile experience and the ability to seamlessly transition from one device to another.”
The Curious universal app offers several important features that make learning easy and enjoyable across devices, including:
● Curious Learning Drawer: a tool that offers instant access to the thousands of lessons on Curious, sorted into Collections like Green Thumb and Pocket Perfect.
● My Lessons: a list of every lesson a learner has enrolled in that highlights the progress they have made within each lesson.
● Curious Discovery Cube: an interactive screen that helps learners easily discover the different facets of the Curious marketplace including collections, lessons, featured teachers and daily Curios. The screens are easily rotated and reshuffled for alternate views.
● LearnSync: a feature that allows learners to pick up lessons exactly where they left off, regardless of which device was used to initiate the lesson. Created to help people such as the novice mechanic move from the desktop in the house to viewing the lesson on a mobile device in the garage while looking under the hood of the car, or to assist the budding wine connoisseur as she goes from the office to the wine store in search of the perfect bottle. LearnSync lets people easily view and resume lessons in any environment without skipping a beat.
● Curious Lesson Player: a custom-built video player designed from scratch and optimized to work at any connection speed. the Lesson Player lets learners interact with attached files, purchase related materials and even send the teacher a Curious Card that contains a video or photo of what they are learning or creating. On mobile devices, learners can watch lessons in detail mode to access these supplemental features or they can switch to full-screen mode for an immersive viewing experience.
The free Curious app is available now from the iTunes store and at curious.com/app.
Founded in 2012, Curious.com, Inc. offers an innovative and engaging marketplace that connects lifelong learners with exceptional teachers around the world. Curious is home to short-format video-based interactive lessons that help anyone learn about anything on their own time. It also provides a range of free, easy-to-use tools for teachers that enable them to market, share, and monetize their lessons to millions of learners. Curious is a private company funded by Redpoint Ventures, Bill Campbell, Jesse Rogers and Justin Kitch based in Menlo Park, CA. For more information visit http://www.curious.com.