The White House opens up to Android smartphones with new app

Summary:The White House is opening up and reaching out to a new constituency today: Android smartphone owners.

The White House is opening up and reaching out to a new constituency today: Android smartphone owners.

There's already been an iPhone and iPod touch app from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for over year now, so one could say that this Android-optimized app is well over due.

If you're familiar with the iOS version, then there really isn't much different on the Android edition. Users will be able to get instant news alerts, view behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and read news from the official White House blog and the Briefing Room.

The White House app for the Android is free and available to download from the Android Market immediately. Only Android 1.6 and higher is required. Now the question is, considering President Obama picked up the most secure BlackBerry ever, why no love for BB owners yet? They'll have to settle for the mobile site version for now...or at least the game Battle for the White House.

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Topics: Smartphones, BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility

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