Republic TV launches Android app

Republic TV launches Android app

Arnab Goswami

MUMBAI: Republic TV is on a roll. From rocking the ratings chart in launch week itself to going international, the channel has added one more accomplishment to its kitty. The Republic TV Android app is now live.

Claiming to be the lightest on phone storage but ‘heaviest on news’, there are three unique features. First is the ‘vertical format’ feature which ensures a deeply personal and engaging HD live video streaming experience optimised for portrait viewing on mobile phones. This feature relies on the debate production being specially produced and streamed in real-time in a 9:16 video format.

Second is the ‘interactive format’ feature where the app users can directly engage and talk to Arnab Goswami, anchors and panellists on Live TV. This technological innovation will allow users to participate in on-air debates in real-time by expressing their opinion and immediately respond to breaking news stories on-air.

Written entirely in Kotlin with an extremely tiny memory footprint of just 3.6 MB, gives it its third feature of being the lightest English news app.

Republic TV founder and editor in chief Arnab Goswami said, “Republic has been on super-fast expansion spree - we launched the channel in May, the website in July and now the app in November. I am so proud of my entire team and the technology team especially, who after months of determined effort have 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.”

RepublicWorld COO Jay Chauhan said, “Since our inception earlier this year, we’ve been focused 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.”

The Republic World App brings to users the widest range of trending stories, viral videos and angular opinion from across news genres of politics, sports, business, regional, lifestyle, travel, wheels, music, gadgets and society.

Using its top editorial partnerships news stories and video content is provided in English, Hindi, and eight Indian regional languages including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Odia and Gujarati.

The iOS app will launch by the end of November.