Big Announcements from Shortcovers: Going Open, and new Blackberry and Andriod Apps!

Posted by Kobo Labs April  02, 2009

We have some pretty big announcements today here at Shortcovers:

New Blackberry App

We have released a new version of our Blackberry application. The most notable change in the Blackberry app is that it no longer requires users to sign up for Shortcovers to get started – you can install the application, and start reading right away! This is something we will be doing with all our apps, with this Blackberry release being the first step.

Grab Shortcovers for Blackberry at http://shortcovers.com/blackberry

Shortcovers for Android Preview

We’ve completed our internal Beta period for the Shortcovers for Android, and we are making it generally available to all G1 users. This is still an early release, and we’re still working to improve it, but if you’re interested in trying out Shortcovers for Andriod, download it from http://shortcovers.com/android, and please send us your feedback at feedback@shortcovers.com

Opening our Platform

Our biggest announcement today is that we are going to open up the Shortcovers platform. Currently, only Shortcovers can create new reading applications using Shortcovers content, storefront, reader, and payment infrastructure, but we are today announcing that, come June, any developer will be able to leverage this on any new or existing smartphone, netbook, eReader or integrated application.

Beginning today, developers can apply at http://shortcovers.com/developer to participate in the program. Over the next two months, Shortcovers’ will take an active role in helping mobile device OEMs and developers to create applications and leverage Shortcovers on their platforms. Developers will be able to interact with the Shortcovers development team, and give feedback on the entire process. The program will formally launch on June 1, 2009.

You can read the full press release at businesswire.

We’re really excited about the new apps and our upcoming developer program. We’d love to hear from you on all of the above, either here on the Blog, via twitter, Get Satisfaction, or directly by email at feedback@shortcovers.com

 

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