We’ve offered news over the phone for at least two years now. But we recently upgraded our mobile site. It’s cleaner, easier to navigate and filled with more news and information.
The site is most responsive to smartphones like the iPhone, Droid and Evo. But it also can be read easily on the newer generations of Blackberry, and even older phones that have Web access.
If you have a Web-based phone, simply direct it to www.charlotteobserver.com. Your phone’s screen will go straight to the Observer’s top stories at that hour. Keep scrolling and you’ll get to local news, business, sports, entertainment – even movie showtimes.
If you use a smartphone regularly, you’ll notice that this is not an “application,” which is a framework you must download to your phone before you can view a specific site. This address takes you directly to our mobile site.
Applications, or “apps” as they are commonly called, enable you to take advantage of additional characteristics unique to your particular make of phone.
An application for iPhone readers of the Observer is now in the works. And I expect applications for other popular phones to follow.
I personally use a Droid X. We also have a number of iPhone and Blackberry users in the newsroom. One pointer I offer to fellow Droid users is that you sometimes need to hit the refresh button to pick up the latest headlines as you enter the site. It’s a quirk we are working on that does not appear to be an issue for iPhone users.
So, read us via a printed newspaper, a Website and your phone. All of it is the Observer, the most widely read source of news in the Carolinas. You choose the format that works best for you at any given time. Our goal is to be there for you.
If you have other questions or suggestions, post them here, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.