Official CNN App for Android

Official CNN App for Android Updated, James Earl Jones Lends His Expertise

February 20, 2013 - Written By Briley Kenney

It’s apparent that developers over at CNN favor iOS. The official app was exclusively available on iOS for quite some time before it arrived on Android. Yet, even when we got the app, it came in a rather lackluster form stripped of invaluable features, which our iOS brethren had access to. For example, iPhone users were able to view a live streaming feed of the current CNN broadcast, whereas the same functionality was lacking in the Android app.

Finally, it seems, CNN developers have readjusted their program, literally- like a TV program. If you didn’t laugh at that one I don’t blame you, I’ll be the first to admit it was pretty dull.

CNN App Layout

It’s safe to say that the new update to the CNN app, which should be waiting for you over at Google Play, has been a long time coming.

Here’s the changelog listed in the ‘What’s New’ section:

  • Now you can watch your favorite CNN shows LIVE on your Android Phone.
  • The CNN Mobile app now features the iconic James Earl Jones ‘This is CNN’ welcome greeting. This feature is optional and may be switched on or off at any time through the User Settings.
  • Minor bug fixes

I will say that I hate when developers take the easy way out and list “bug fixes” as a new feature, but I digress, as always.

CNN App Streaming Video

Probably the most amusing addition to the app is thanks to James Earl Jones expertise. When you open it, you hear his tranquil, cool and collective voice declaring “this is CNN.” Unfortunately, it’s not followed by Darth Vader’s shallow breathing, but it’s still cool nonetheless. If you have something against Jones, well then you can disable the noise.

The good news, for information aficionados anyway, is that now you can watch live streaming on your Android. It’s not entirely clear whether or not the tablet version got an update too. Currently, I don’t see any of the aforementioned features listed on Google Play. I will update this post accordingly when I find out.

If you want to check out the new CNN app, head on over to Google Play through our lovely widget below.

Be sure to share what you think of the new and improved app! We do have a comments section explicitly for that purpose, you know.

UPDATE: It appears the tablet version did receive an update, as well.


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