NPR to open source its Android app
National Public Radio (NPR), a non-profit membership organisation, has announced that it plans to open source its NPR Android application. Created in 1970, NPR is a privately and publicly funded US media organisation that produces and distributes news, talk and entertainment programming. The NPR app for Android devices was created by Google developer Michael Frederick in his spare time. With the application, users can read, listen or create playlists of NPR stories, share them with friends and live stream audio from hundreds of NPR radio stations.
According to NPR Mobile Operations Manager and Android application development director Jeremy Pennycook, since its inception, the NPR app has been an experiment for NPR, allowing it to "test the waters of collaborating with the open source community." Pennycook says that NPR didn't know how fast that the Android platform would grow, pointing out that "The last six months show us Android's incredible trajectory and that our audience gravitates toward that momentum. Since the app's release in December, we've seen astounding growth, and now over 100,000 people use this new platform each month." The developers encourage users to contact them via Twitter @NPRAndroid with any ideas and feedback.
More information about the open sourcing of the NPR app for Android, including a short YouTube video, is available in a post on the Inside NPR.org blog. The latest release of the NPR app is version 1.2, which is available to download via the Android Market. The NPR app source code will be hosted on Google Code and released under version 2.0 of the Apache License.
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