Office of Digital & Design Innovation

TWICE finalists for the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Awards:

VOA News for “Best Mobile Media & Publishing App”
Radio Sawa for "Best Music App"

BBG Mobile & Tablet Applications

Balancing the needs of emerging markets with innovative modern technologies.

Audiences in more than 200 countries have downloaded our apps, rated them highly with 4-5 star scores in the Google Android and Apple IOS stores, and earned ranks in the top 20 News applications for most of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Caucasus.

BBG Smartphone Apps

Offering Emerging Market Features:

  • Low-bandwidth mode saves user data costs and load time
  • Offline saving of content to consume later
  • Small application binary download package (less than 7 mb)
  • Support for up to 44 languages, including right-to-left scripts
  • All content is replicated on CDNs around the world, serving optimized content quickly
  • All brands are available for Android 2.3-4.4+, iOS 5-8+
  • Symbian app for VOA Africa & Middle East users

With Innovative Modern Technologies:

  • Constantly updated multimedia news content, including video, photos, audio and text stories
  • Breaking news push notifications
  • Live streaming audio and live streaming video from broadcast feeds
  • Swipeable touch nav between sections; articles
  • Proxy integrated for Internet circumvention on Android
  • Streaming on Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay
  • Multimedia user generated content sharing directly to news services
  • Deep social integration and sharing

The Voice of America

Finalist for “Best Mobile Media & Publishing App” in the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014 in 2014 for “Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service,” as well as the Meffy Award for "Best Mobile Service" & Appy Award for "Best Multicultural App"GSMA Award Finalist

The Voice of America (VOA) covers Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Caucasus with 44 language services from Afaan Oromoo to Vietnamese on radio and TV networks.

Voice of America (VOA) on Apple iTunesAvailable on Apple IOS 5-8+ mobile & tablet devices

Voice of America on Google AndroidAvailable on Android OS 2.3-4.4+ mobile & tablet devices

VOA Symbian Available on Symbian OS 5 mobile devices

Radio Free AsiaRFA

Covering Asia with 9 language services including Mandarin, Vietnamese, Khmer & Korean on radio networks.

Voice of America (VOA) on Apple iTunesAvailable on Apple IOS 5-8+ mobile & tablet devices

RFA on Google AndroidAvailable on Android OS 2.3-4.4+ mobile & tablet devices

RFE / RL RFERL

Covering Russia, the Middle East, Europe and the Caucasus with 25 language services from Arabic to Ukrainian from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.

RFERL on Apple iTunesAvailable on Apple IOS 5-8+ mobile & tablet devices

RFERL on Google AndroidAvailable on Android OS 2.3-4.4+ mobile & tablet devices

Radio SawaRadio Sawa

2015 GSMA Global Mobile Award finalist for “Best Mobile Music App”
Streaming 7 Arabic music channels from the Middle East and North Africa, featuring SawaChat interactive conversations, newscasts and the top tech, sports and culture news of the day Android and Apple mobile devices.

Radio Sawa on Apple iTunesAvailable on Apple IOS 6+ mobile devices

Radio Sawa on Google AndroidAvailable on Android OS 4.0+ mobile devices

Alhurra

Covering the Middle East & North Africa in Arabic from the Alhurra TV Network.

Alhurra on Apple iTunesAvailable on Apple IOS 5-8+ mobile & tablet devices

Google AndroidAvailable on Android OS 2.3-4.4+ mobile & tablet devices

Marti NoticiasMartí Noticias

Covering Cuba in Spanish from Radio y TV Martí.

Marti Noticias on Apple iTunesAvailable on Apple IOS 5-8+ mobile & tablet devices

Marti Noticias on Google AndroidAvailable on Android OS 2.3-4.4+ mobile & tablet devices

VOA Mobile StreamerVOA Mobile Streamer

*Coming soon* Listen to VOA live and on-demand streaming audio over cellular voice or data on Apple & Android mobile devices

BBG Feature Phone Apps

These Javascript-based applications are built for very low-end or "feature" phones, especially the old Nokia phones that still have a stronghold in African, Middle East and Asian markets.

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