Three of the applications added this week were all amazing news reading applications that can be compared to the New York Times reader.
You can download these applications from these links:
Tim Sneath has all the details on how these applications were created. Yes, that's right! All of these news readers share a set of libraries that was customized to build these applications. The toolkit is currently in a private beta, but in a few months time the reader SDK will be released more broadly so that anyone can build a similar customized application.
Once the support for RSS feeds with custom extensions (to support the reader functionality) is implemented, it's a relatively short step to getting an initial application up and running.
I've been talking to a number of large media groups in Belgium about these type of applications and most of them had a real "Wow" experience. But immediately after they asked for an SDK to get them up and running quickly with this new set of technologies. With the upcoming release of this (news) reader SDK we can expect to see many more similar news readers appearing over the next weeks and months.
I'm really looking forward to have such a reader for the newspapers I read on a daily basis. As an example, De Standaard Online has all the data available online to push this next generation user experience. I'm really wondering how long it will take to build such a news reader using the newly announced reader SDK.