We are very pleased to announce that our Sac Bee Android App is now available for downloading from the Android Marketplace (click here to download).
Our latest mobile app provides Android users with a comprehensive news reader containing easy access to the latest Sac Bee stories, blog posts and columnists, all organized by topic and section.
The app also features an engaging way to view our photography (including Day in Pictures, local photos and sports photos), local movie times and weather, as well as the ability to share our content via Facebook, Twitter and email.
With an increasing number of our readers accessing Sac Bee via their mobile devices, this latest app release from The Sacramento Bee joins the already-released iPhone app and mobile-friendly website. It is part of our ongoing effort to enhance how we make our content available to our readers.
Next on our radar: iPad and Blackberry apps. Stay tuned.
* Hardware controls: Take pictures and videos
This feature was in our original release. Our development partner includes this for photo and video sharing, but it is not currently used by our version of the application. This should be removed in the next few days. We will never monitor what a user is viewing.
* Your location
Both location permissions are used to target advertisements within the application. In the future this will also be used to automatically customize movie and weather information. We are not storing your personally identifiable location information.
* Network communication
This permission allows the application to access the Internet to retrieve content.
* Phone calls
We use this permission to create our own unique device identifier necessary for the secured delivery of content and to measure standard Web analytics, such as visits and unique visits data. We don't actually collect and store your device's ID, but perform a one-way hash on your device's ID to eliminate the ability to tie the unique identifier back to any individual user's device.
This is necessary for storing any custom settings you set within the application such as font size or Twitter and Facebook access. This also allows you to save stories and read while not connected to the Internet.
* System tools (prevent device from sleeping)
This one's a little technical, so we're quoting the developer: "We found that when content update transactions (network activity that leads to cache writes) are interrupted by the device going to sleep, the cache can become corrupted. We'll temporarily prevent the device from sleeping during such transactions until they've finished or can be safely canceled."
* Hardware controls (control vibrator)
This feature was in our original release. This is for future push notification of breaking stories functionality. We also expect this to be removed in the next few days, until this feature is fully operational.
* Network communication (view network/Wi-Fi state)
This lets the application know when it is connected to the Internet and able to update with new content properly.