Republic World launches world’s lightest English News App
English news television channel Republic TV has launched its Android mobile app, six months after the channel launched on May 6, 2017. The Republic World App binds digital, TV and media. Written entirely in Kotlin and being the lightest English news app in the world, it has an extremely tiny memory footprint – a mere 3.6MB.
Jay Chauhan, COO, Republic World, commented, “Since our inception earlier this year, we’ve been focussing on newer ways of driving engagement with our content and delivering the best possible user experience. That’s reflected in our strategy to invest in amazing technology and content teams, produce live and VoD content in mobile specific aspect ratios, our choice of the tech stack and a host of other interactive and personalisation features part of our product pipeline.”
While it is the lightest on phone storage, it is the heaviest on the news.
Republic TV Founder & Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, remarked, “Republic has been on a super-fast expansion spree – we launched the channel in May, the website in July and now the app in November. We also launched in the Middle East & North Africa on November 5. I am so proud of my entire team and the Technology team especially, who after months of determined effort has produced one of the world’s lightest news apps without compromising on the content or video quality for a superior user experience. With the app, Republic has established itself as a media-tech company, which reflects in our new tagline – Republic - Digital. TV. Media.”
Apart from offering the fastest breaking news, the app delivers HD streaming video, large images and has a range of unique features, including In-video chat and round-the-clock access to Arnab Goswami.
In addition to taking its HD Live TV viewing feature onto the app, the Republic World app has used technological innovations to ensure that App users can directly engage and talk to anchors and panelists on Live TV. This allows users to participate in on-air debates in real-time by expressing their opinion and immediately respond to breaking news stories on-air.
The Vertical Video feature on the app, which gets activated during Arnab Goswami’s Super Prime Time (9pm to 11pm IST), ensures a deeply personal and engaging live video experience optimised for portrait viewing on mobile phones. The feature relies on the debate production being specially produced and streamed in real-time in a 9:16 video format that’s truly mobile first.
The Republic World App brings to its users trending stories, viral videos and angular opinion from across news genres of politics, global, glitz & gossip, sports, business, regional and society.
Using its top editorial partnerships, the ‘News in Your Language’ feature of the app ensures the Republic World App beams news stories and video content in English , Hindi, and 8 Indian regional languages including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Odia and Gujarati. Breaking the mould of traditional news, the app also uses its partner network to give its users every go-to habit, including Innovation, Lifestyle, Travel, Wheels (automobiles), Music and Gadgets.
The app, which can be downloaded on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.republicworld, provides access to all live shows telecast on Republic TV, as well as catch-up video content.