Our mobile applications “VOA news” and “PangeaGO” – has been named a finalist for the “Best Mobile Media & Publishing App ” in the GSM Association (GSMA) 2015 Global Mobile Awards. It is really an extreme success.
VOA News was nominated also in 2014 in category Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service – this year jury appreciated our last innovations.
PangeaGO is an internal application for BBG journalists using Pangea CMS (www.pangea-cms.com) developed in close cooperation with RFE/RL Praha. It is designed to record and stream live video news events using just a smart phone. The application is developed to work together with Pangea Internet TV in order to broadcast video over the internet in real time. It also archives video on Pangea for later use. Application is optimized for the low bandwidth internet connection. The core of PangeaGO is the real time video streaming function with at least the same or better performance as competition in this area.
Mobile news application is in fact the group of 5 native applications optimised for iPhone, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet devices developed and maintained by EEA for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) – www.bbg.gov governing international media networks Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Radio Free Asia and Office of Cuba Broadcasting. BBG is one of the largest media subject worldwide.
Mobile news is the core generic application. On top of it we develop and maintain mobile applications (clones) for each governed media network – e.g. Voice of America (VOA News), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL News). This application allows the users worldwide to access the multimedia news content and provide publishers/broadcasters with user generated content. Application strongly supports off-line access and localisation to various languages – currently is available in more than 50 languages including right-to-left and Chinese and special fonts like Burmese and Tigrigna. It provides news and information for people in more than 100 countries worldwide.
For more information see article on our clients web: BBG Mobile Apps Recognized for Innovation.
This is the citation from the press release published by our client – Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Washington. And here is the rest:
The BBG’s Office of Digital and Design Innovation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Voice of America partnered to create a mobile app that provides news and information for people in more than 100 countries, in 43 languages on the world’s two largest smartphone and tablet platforms.
“It’s a huge honor for to be recognized by the GSMA for the immense amount of hard work and innovation that went into this application,” said Will Sullivan, Director of Mobile at the BBG. “It took more than a year of blood, sweat and translations for the indomitable ODDI Mobile team of Borana Kostro, Danish Ahmed and Son Tran, working with Kim Conger and the RFE/RL Pangea Content Management System team along with VOA language service experts to make this happen. It’s truly an amazing cross-organization product that we are proud to share with underserved audiences around the world.”
The Voice of America app is available on Android and Apple iOS which account for more than 90% of worldwide smartphone and tablet shipments. The app lets audiences get push notifications of breaking news, stream radio podcasts on demand, as well as download content for offline viewing. Individuals can easily consume and share content in languages ranging from Afan Oromo to Vietnamese. The VOA News app has been ranked in the top news apps in the Google Play and Apple App stores in most of Africa, Asia and the Eastern Europe, with rating of four stars and above from users.
“VOA receives millions of visits from mobile and tablet devices around the world. By offering a best-in-class experience for users of iOS and Droid, we can extend the reach of our journalism into new markets,” said VOA Director of Digital Strategy Matthew Baise. “This nomination is testament to the fine work of our colleagues across U.S. international media.”
ODDI collaborated with RFE/RL and software developer EEA to significantly expand the BBG’s mobile offerings. RFE/RL pioneered this work, building out the framework and CMS upon which the mobile offerings are built. ODDI continues to work with them to add features and upgrade the user experience.
“As collaborators on the design and development of VOA’s mobile app, we congratulate our great partners for such distinguished recognition of this shared achievement,” said Kim Conger, RFE/RL Design Director / Deputy Director, Internet Technology and Strategy.