Dhaka – “bdnews24.com” one of the most popular media houses based in Bangladesh has rolled out a new version of its popular app developed by Muthu Nedumaran from Malaysia, who is also the chief technical architect and co-founder of selliyal.com.
Selliyal.com from Malaysia is owned and operated by Selliyal Sdn Bhd, a company specialized in developing mobile apps tailored for news portals.
Muthu Nedumaran is also designer and developer sellinam.com which the mobile app for Tamil language input for mobile devices.
Muthu Nedumaran said the Version 3.0 of the official app of bdnews24.com will give the users ‘new experience’. “Lot has changed in iOS and Android since I wrote the app for bdnews24.com four years ago. We have completely rewritten this app to take advantage of the new features in both the platforms and to make this app easier for users to navigate. It’s a brand new app with your favourite content,” he said.
Muthu Nedumaran (pic) said the new version of the app is now available on Google Play Store as well as Apple’s App Store.
Bdnews24.com is the first bilingual online news portal – English and Bangla – from Bangladesh which has a large following across the globe. Bangla language is spoken by some 250 million people from Bangladesh and West Bengal, the Indian state which borders Bangladesh.
So, what’s in the new version of the app of Bangladesh’s first bilingual internet newspaper?
“It has options to receive news alerts in either English or Bangla or both languages. The latest version features enhanced search option to look for stories in both languages. Its social sharing options have also been updated to make it easier for the users to share stories on the social media” according to Nedumaran.
Nedumaran also said the redesigned user experience respects the device. For example, on Android, it will look like an Android app with the material design while on iOS it will conform to Apple’s design guidelines.
Auto-text size option to match the preferred text size set is also available on iOS.
“This is so that the users will feel comfortable to navigate through the app, just as they do with other apps,” he said.
Users do not have to go back and forth to look for their favourite categories as they can access these from the main page.
A bdnews24.com spokesperson said their app is completely free like before with the support of advertisements. However, users can opt out of the ads with a small annual subscription paid through Google Play or Apple App Store.
“A large portion of our readers access our stories through mobile phones. And I believe the new version of our app will keep them hooked to bdnews24.com for more time,” the spokesperson said.
Malaysia-based Selliyal Sdn Bhd made a Beta version of the app for bdnews24.com in 2014. The full version was opened to all in light of users’ experience and feedback on the Beta version.
Users require minimum Android 4.0 or iOS 10 on their devices to use the new version of the app.
It can also be downloaded from http://bdnews24.mnewsapps.com
(Note: The above article is based on an article published originally in bdnews24.com which can be accessed from the following link: