The Financial Times (FT) is developing mobile apps for both the BlackBerry and Android platforms with 24 hour access to its online resources, it has been disclosed.
There is already an iPhone app offering similar functionality and 200,000 people have downloaded it, prompting the FT to look at the other major smartphone platforms.
Unlike the Guardian Media Group, which has launched a paid-for iPhone app, the FT has chosen to make its basic app free, but only offers users complete access to articles and media if they sign up with their personal details to a subscription service.
A spokesperson for the FT said that new subscribers were downloading the iPhone app each week, adding to its user base and generating more advertising revenue for the firm, which makes the free model viable.
There is no news as to when the BlackBerry version of the FT app will be made available and the Android iteration is in the very early stages of development, but you should expect to see them both at some point in 2010.
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