After launching an Android app last September, Rediff.com has now extended its Rediff News App on iOS, BlackBerry, Windows 8, Java and Symbian platforms. Users can head over to http://m.rediff.com/newsapp from their mobile browsers or the respective app stores to download the app.
The company claims that these apps now offer news from over 30,000 Indian and International sources to its users. This includes news from Rediff.com portal and aggregated news from sources like the Reuters, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Times of India, The Economic Times, and The Hindu, among others.
Along with this, Rediff has also released an updated version of its Android app, which adds new functionality like search, article recommendations, and cricket scores among others.
Interface: We tried the Android app on Micromax A90s and noticed that the app has retained the same design with a few changes to the interface. It still displays news articles in a tiled interface with an image and an article headline in each tile.
However, the horizontally scrolling category navigation bar at the top has now been replaced with a side menu which lists all the news categories like Top News, World News, Business, Cricket, Sports and Entertainment among others. Also, we noticed that the app now features infinite scroll, allowing one to scroll through the news updates vertically. There is also a keyword based search bar, which allows one to search the news archives for any specific story.
One can tap on any specific tile to view an excerpt of the respective story with a link to read the full article. Tapping on the link opens the article in an in-app browser, allowing one to read the article. As before, the app allows one to set a specific refresh time (1hr, 3 hrs, 6 hrs, Daily, Manual) for the app, although we were glad that the app was set to manual refresh by default.
One can also share articles through Android’s default share intent option, which enables users to share articles through various apps installed on their Android phones.
In January 2013, Rediff had reported $3 million loss and $3.97 million revenue for the quarter ending December 31, 2012. This was Rediff’s 18th straight loss making quarter, with the company last reporting a profit in the quarter ending June 30, 2008.
In December 2012, Rediff had pulled the plug on its online music service Songbuzz, almost three years after it was launched, in November 2009. Speaking with MediaNama, Rediff Chairman Ajit Balakrishnan had informed that Songbuzz was shut down because Rediff’s contract with T-Series was over and they were not renewing the contract due to the cost.
Rediff had also exited Eterno Infotech, the company behind the popular mobile news application NewsHunt in March 2012, after NewsHunt was acquired by Ver Se Innovation. Rediff had acquired an undisclosed stake in Eterno in 2008.