The new apps will offer a range of content including breaking news, live financial data, picture galleries and video, while sport also gets a big look-in. Those who subscribe to the new apps in the UK will gain access to English Premier League highlights from ESPN, and will be able to watch goals as a match is being played, as well as highlights packages of the action. However, this sounds like it pretty much replicates the existing standalone ESPN Goals app, which is already free for Android and iOS users, so it’s probably not worth subscribing for that alone.
Last May, we reported that the Telegraph had released a refreshed version of its existing iPad application, introducing a new subscription-based service that aimed to monetize its content in the digital space, though its Web-based offering remained free.
The new Android and iPhone apps will be offered free to Telegraph print and iPad subscribers, while new customers will be offered a one-month trial when they register with the Telegraph, with the monthly charge kicking in after.
“The launch of these two new apps is a significant step forward in our strategy of delivering our award-winning journalism on all the key digital devices,” says Edward Roussel, Executive Editor, Digital, at Telegraph Media Group. “The apps have been designed to also give readers attractive new features including Premier League video and stats, a customisable homepage and offline reading at the touch of a fingertip.”
The exact launch date for the new Telegraph mobile apps will be confirmed in the coming weeks.