RTÉ launches iPad version of its News Now app

14 Feb 2011

RTÉ is today launching a free RTÉ News Now application for the iPad, offering quick and easy access to all the most current and popular news stories from RTÉ.

The app offers all the latest national and international headlines, top stories, live news bulletins and on-demand video clips and content from the news, sport, business and entertainment world. 

The app was developed by mobile internet services company Digital Reach Group (DRG), who also developed RTÉ’s News Now app for the iPhone. The app is now available to download from the iTunes store.

Optimised for the iPad

Specifically optimised for the iPad, this News Now app allows easy navigation, with each page individually designed on a dual viewing mode so users can enjoy the content in portrait or landscape orientation.

Clicking on video icons alongside text stories will display the full video on screen and provide users with in-depth coverage of all their favourite stories.

Podcasts of recent radio news shows can also be accessed, while further social media features means stories can be shared via email, Facebook and Twitter. 

“Building on the success of the RTÉ News Now app for iPhone and Android, the release of our News Now app for iPad continues to meet the needs of our audience for delivering up-to-the-minute, dynamic RTÉ content across a widening range of platforms,” Muirne Laffan, executive director of RTÉ Publishing, explained.

The launch of the app for iPad coincides with the announcement that the award-winning RTÉ News Now iPhone app is now available for free globally.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years