Itching to get the Wall Street Journal on your Android device? If you have a Galaxy Tab, you can. In an unusual move, the Journal released an app for Android tablets before/without having one available for traditional handsets.
When asked about the reason for the timing of their release, they responded:
“Our strategy is to serve readers whenever, wherever, and it’s critical that the Journal’s unparalleled news and analysis are available in a high-quality format across multiple devices and platforms,” said Daniel Bernard, chief product officer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. ”The WSJ Tablet Edition for Android continues to blend the best of print and online with an experience that showcases our strength of innovation and original delivery of content.”
The app will allow users to read stories from that day's newspaper, retrieve stock market information, and view full screen videos from the news service. The daily paper will be "delivered" every morning once it is published, downloading to your device automatically.
The app itself is free, but to gain access to all content, there will be a $3.99-a-week subscription fee. Current Journal subscribers can gain access to the full tablet app free for a limited time.
The Journal might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a sign that big companies are starting to notice Android's growth.