Friday, May 21, 2010

Sound Publishing releases new set of mobile apps; DoApp iPhone apps feature news, weather and traffic

With the big splash Google made this week it feels good to return to the now more mundane world of mobile apps for newspapers. In an otherwise so week of mobile app releases, here is a look at six new apps from a Washington state publisher.

Sound Publishing Inc., the publishers of community newspapers around the Puget Sound area of Washington state, has released a series of free mobile apps for its Kitsap Peninsula group of newspapers -- six in all. The individual iPhone apps are for the Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, Bainbridge Island Review, Kingson Community News, and the North Kitsap Herald.

The developer is DoApp, Inc., a company which earlier this week announced a deal with Times-Shamrock Communications, publisher of the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Each of the new apps feature news, traffic information through Google maps, and weather. One feature I have not seen before is an agreement page as seen below.

(It should be noted that the app asks if you would agree to allow the app access to your location information -- this is necessary to deliver relevant weather information, etc. I clicked no, otherwise the app would have displayed by Illinois location in the screenshots. This may also be why the weather screenshot says it was 29 degrees outside. That's my fault, not the apps.)

Terms, Traffic & Weather Pages from the Bremerton Patriot mobile app.