Android Apps 2Day: NPR with Multitasking


The Android apps avalanche continues, NPR has launched an Android app with background listening, listen/read at the same time, browsing by topic and 600 NPR stations.

The NPR News app for Android is now available in the Android Marketplace. Today's launch makes NPR the first U.S. radio broadcaster to launch an app for Android.

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.

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

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