July 29, 2014

NPR Open Sourcing its Android App

In a posting on their site, National Public Radio has announced that they are opening up the code for their Android app to some crowd-sourcing love! Not only are they giving the app an open source license, they are actively asking for the input of interested developers.

What’s awesome about this article is that it gives a big nod to the fact that Android use has exploded in recent months, and people are starting to take notice.  Take a look at this quote from the announcement:

We didn’t know how fast the Android platform would grow or what kind of an impact it would make. 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.

In the spirit of the Android operating system, we’ve decided to make the code for NPR’s app public. We believe this matches perfectly with NPR’s public service mission. Public media implies our audiences have a stake in our product, and open source projects are a means to better connect to our stakeholders.

I love the part of the quote that talks about NPR trying to match the spirit of the Android platform, openness and public service. Pretty much sums it up in a nutshell doesn’t it? Check out the full article from NPR, and be sure to download the app to your Android handset!