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I should start by saying that I’ve listened to nearly every Slate Political Gabfest podcast since early 2006. Slate’s weekly Hang Up and Listen sports talk show and its Culture Gabfest are also on my list of favorite programs delivered in any medium.
So when Slate announced the release of its first Android app earlier today, naturally I was all over it. Fans of the pioneering online magazine will not be disappointed.
The first thing that struck me about the Android edition is its simplicity. The Contents section lets users scroll through written articles organized by timeliness, news and politics (Slate’s speciality) and other categories. Podcast junkies like myself can also access instant and immediate audiocasts that Slate distributes nearly everyday. Rather than syncing the app to an MP3 player, just press click and all that great content is there for you.
The Android interface makes Slate look and feel less busy than its experiences via the iPhone and iPad. While it’s features are more limited, there is still the ability to share stories with friends on Facebook and save articles with an Instapaper account.
Partly due to a sponsorship with Volkswagon, the Slate Android app is free to download. Political junkies and others interested in Slate’s signature take on world events will enjoy its ascent to Android.