New PressReader App Brings High-Resolution Newspaper and Magazine Reading Experience To Android Tablets

April 26, 2012

Article by: PressReader

PressReader adds proprietary high-definition PDF rendering engine plus SmartFlow “intelligent” news presentation and new social/sharing features. At last Android users have the most immersive and rewarding way to experience the world’s best press.

VANCOUVER Canada April 25 2012: NewspaperDirect has released a major update of PressReader one of the most popular apps for Android devices. PressReader for Android delivers a highly engaging reading experience of more than 2 000 titles—the world’s widest selection of news media—on Android handsets and tablets. And unlike other news aggregation apps which provide just snippets of articles from around the Web PressReader presents entire publication editions in super-high resolution just as they were originally printed.

The just-released 4.0 version of PressReader for Android sets a new benchmark for news reading apps by including an advanced integrated rendering engine that delivers high-performance zooming capabilities never seen before on native Android-based apps. Also new is NewspaperDirect’s innovative SmartFlow technology. A simple touch gesture switches from Replica View (preferred by more traditional newspaper readers) to SmartFlow mode designed for digital natives who value the content of the publication but want a more fluid presentation of it. SmartFlow presents complete stories and pages in a continuous engaging flow that maximizes readability and invites exploration of related content.

“PressReader 4.0 for Android is our biggest update ever. It debuts advanced rendering technology that for the first time brings fast high-resolution imaging to the Android platform. Users love the incredibly crisp text and high-definition pictures and our SmartEdition publishers now have a compelling and flexible Android platform to showcase their content ” said Alex Kroogman CEO of NewspaperDirect. “Another great addition is our new SmartFlow technology which takes the replica experience to a whole new level – enhancing it with intelligent and intuitive content presentation that compels subscribers to read more of their favorite publications.”

Game-changing features place Android PressReader on parity with its iPad cousin.
 High-performance rendering. PressReader now includes a completely new rendering engine that’s optimized for newspapers and magazines. PressReader users on Android now have the fastest PDF-rendering technology available anywhere which displays high-resolution images and PDFs with maximum fidelity no matter what zoom level is specified.
 SmartFlow advanced reading technology – a major innovation that led to PressReader being voted the “Best Newspaper App Ever for iOS.” SmartFlow goes beyond the traditional replica newspaper presentation by displaying articles as a continuous horizontal stream of stories that flow across the Android tablet which completely transforms the reading experience. Visual cues indicate the relative importance of individual stories and SmartFlow surfaces related content that might otherwise be missed.
 SmartZoom automatically positions the zoomed-in view to the beginning of an article.
 Instant switching between Replica/Page View and SmartFlow viewing.
 Press and hold (i.e. Long Press) activation of contextually driven actions:
• Share stories by email or on Facebook or Twitter
• Listen to articles through on-demand audio capabilities
• Copy and paste articles into applications that support it (e.g. Evernote Instapaper)
• Share opinions by supporting or opposing a story
 Two-finger-pinch to adjust font and image sizes and a choice of different font types
 Cross-title keyword search
 Desktop thumbnails of the most recently downloaded publications for instant access to the latest issues.
 Authorization of PressReader with a subscription

Where to get it
PressReader 4.0 is available as a free download on Google Play giving Android users instant access to full-content replicas of over 2 000 prestigious newspapers and magazines such as The Washington Post Chicago Tribune The Philadelphia Inquirer National Post The Globe and Mail The Guardian Daily Mail International Herald Tribune The Irish Times Irish Independent ABC Le Monde Business Standard Harpers Bazar India Today Money Today The Australian Inside Golf and The New Zealand Herald — to name just a few of the top titles currently available.

All existing PressReader installations can also be easily upgraded to version 4.0 through the Android Market. This includes versions of PressReader already pre-installed on millions of tablets shipped from ASUS HTC Kobo Microsoft and Samsung.

Most individual newspapers and magazines available through PressReader can be purchased for $0.99 per issue or downloaded in conjunction with a paid subscription on which offers virtually unlimited access to the world’s press starting as low as $29.95/month (USD). For full details on subscription pricing visit our subscription page.