Sites by Language
Eastern & Central Europe
East & Southeast Asia
وی او اې ډيوه ريډیو
Middle East / North Africa
For the Media
Press Release and Statements
From the Director
Interview our Experts
VOA Charter & Journalist Code
Historic Murals @ VOA
VOA Fast Facts
VOA Programs and Frequencies
March 12, 2014 Washington DC 5:17 PM
VOA Rolls Out Mobile App with News in 43 Languages
VOA mobile app
— Getting the latest news from
’s many language services just got easier with the launch of new mobile and tablet apps that work on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
“Everything is available in one place now,” says VOA Director David Ensor. “This is a big step forward, and these apps open up the Internet to a new generation of mobile users.”
Chinese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, English and more – they are all there at the touch of a button on two of the world’s most popular mobile platforms.
apps are free and provide the latest news and information in text, audio, and video. You can even pick your favorite stories and download them for offline viewing to watch or listen later when wireless reception is poor.
Content is divided by region as well as topic – with special news sections on science and technology, health, entertainment. Users can customize the fonts and content for 43 of VOA’s languages and the apps are designed for touch interactivity, so that you can easily change stories by swiping across the screen like you are reading a newspaper or magazine.
“Another feature we are very excited about is the capability the apps give to citizen journalists who can now use their mobile phones to directly share photos, audio, text or video with VOA editors in Washington, who can post them to any of our language service websites,” Ensor says. Users can also share their favorite stories on Facebook and Twitter.
On the technical side, the app can prioritize content for users in areas with slow connections or expensive data rates, says Will Sullivan, the Mobile Project Manager with the Broadcasting Board of Governors’
Office of Digital Design and Innovation
, which spearheaded the rollout of the app.
“This app allows you to switch to a low bandwidth mode, so, for example, in parts of Africa where connectivity is slow and data charges are high, users can get our content streamlined for their needs,” Sullivan says.
Additionally, the Android version of the app has integrated functionality with proxy server connections, so audiences can get unfiltered VOA news in countries where the Internet is censored by the government.
To download the iPhone and iPad app, which offers news in 43 VOA languages, go to the
Apple iTunes Store
. To download the Android app, which includes 33 VOA languages, go to the
Google Play Store
For more information about this release contact Kyle King at the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959, or write
. Additional information can be found at the VOA Public Relations website
, or the main news site
(This release published first on
Interview our Experts
Contact Public Relations
Voice of America
330 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20237
Phone: 1 (202) 203-4959
Fax: 1 (202) 203-4960
Tours of the VOA radio and television studios in Washington are available to the public. It's a fascinating look at the largest U.S. international broadcast operation. Tours are given most weekdays at
noon and 2:30pm
, and are free. Click on the picture for more info.
Products and services:
Buzz @ VOA
Appearances & Awards
VOA Studio Tour
Murals @ VOA