The New York Times has updated its Android app, which has already been downloaded 2.4 million times through August 2012, the American newspaper announced today.

New features include the ability to dictate comments using voice-to-text, as well as passive customization to reflect the blogs each user is visiting the most. Today’s release also includes an updated Widget tool, which lets users access section headlines on their Android Phone’s Home screen without opening the app.

According to the media outlet, the Android app’s refresh was designed for Ice Cream Sandwich, but will also be reflected on earlier versions of Android and on Jelly Bean. It also promises an improved UI and a more intuitive navigation utilizing the Action Bar. Here’s how it looks like:

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Although the app is free to download, it is worth keeping in mind that its model is freemium. “As with other New York Times news applications, the Top News section of the app is free. To access all sections of the app, a digital subscription is required,” the newspaper reminds its readers.

Paid subscribers will get access to the Times’ news and opinion sections, as well as to its blogs and videos. Like its previous version, the app will also let them read articles offline, as long as these have been fully downloaded in advance. As expected, they will also be able to share content across social media and email.

The New York Times is well known for its multi-platform presence and for redesigning its apps on a regular basis to keep up with new devices. A few months ago, it relaunched its Windows Phone app with the latest Windows Mobile handsets in mind. As for Android, it is also one of the platforms for which it developed its dedicated Election 2012 app.

NYTimes app for Android

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