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The Daily already reaching Android in the spring

updated 12:20 pm EST, Wed February 23, 2011

The Daily iPad exclusive ends in weeks via Android

News Corp's The Daily could have its iPad exclusivity end in a matter of weeks, sources said Wednesday morning. The periodical jointly announced with Apple should now reach at least one Android tablet sometime in the spring, or no more than four months after it reached the iPad. Whether it would be device-specific or not wasn't mentioned by AllThingsD's contacts; the Wall Street Journal Android app is so far specific to the Galaxy Tab.

The swap would be a partial surprise. News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch had promised that other platforms would come, but he had cast The Daily's iPad presence as one that could last for several months, if not years. He had commented that "last year, this year and maybe next year belong to Apple," statements that were taken by some to mean Android could wait as late as 2012.

While suspected at the time, Murdoch's statement is now thought less to have been about actual periodical plans and more a statement of Apple's expected impact on the market. The iPad had virtually complete control over the tablet market in 2010. Analysts have generally agreed that it would still have majority share until 2012 at a minimum.

Neither Apple nor News Corp has commented on the rumor, but Apple is reportedly concerned about the experience of The Daily, including acknowledged problems with crashes, long load times and the slow-moving navigation carousel. The daily magazine is behind held up as Apple's proof its iTunes subscription model can work, and a failure in the app could prove an embarrassment just as the company has been drawing regulatory scrutiny for forcing publishers to use it.

Uptake of the app is believed to be better than expected, even after factoring in the required re-downloads to solve a crashing bug. The results may change once users see their two-week free trials come to an end.

By Electronista Staff


  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004


    If you can get it elsewhere

    While this may have been planned, this still marks the first of many developers moving to other platforms. I am not saying that they will leave Apple completely (some will) but this is definitely the start of more cross-platform apps in light of the overpriced subscription model.

    I noticed that Jobs states that the subscription fees don't apply to services. If anyone ever has paid attention to Job's announcements they know that you should add "...yet." to anything he says. I believe he stated Apple had no interest in Video iPods , nor an interest in phones....etc etc. This statement is just to keep developers from bailing on the App Store. Two years down the line Apple will change their tune..again.

  1. efithian

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2004



    There must be lots of tea baggers with Android. The Daily is far too conservative and right wing for my liberal tastes. Wish them well with Android, and you can leave it on the iPad, but I won't be subscribing - two weeks was enough. Crash - crash - crash every time.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    re: If you can get it elsewhere

    This is why competition is so important. If Android use keeps up with iOS so that Apple doesn't have a near-monopoly of the portable device market, they might actually need to lose or lessen some of their recent rules and demands.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Some Apple fans

    seem to think competition is bad. The iFans want a world dominated by OSX/iOS.

    I don't care who you are but give a company a monopoly on technology and the companies evil will begin to show. I see when the DOJ has it's eye on Apple, the rules begin to loosen up.

    Like a 6 year old doing something bad. They stop when mommy and daddy are watching.

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