NPR News App Brings Live and On-Demand Streaming to Android OS

Last Updated Dec 23, 2009 1:16 PM EST

The Android Market may have only a fraction of the apps available to iPhone users, but it's definitely getting the important stuff.

For example, Evernote recently made its Android debut, followed shortly by a seriously rocking (and free) GPS app.

And now, I'm happy to report, there's NPR News for Android. Like its popular iPhone cousin, this app can stream hundreds of NPR stations in real-time or play just about any show (like All Things Considered or Fresh Air) on-demand.

Unlike its iPhone cousin, NPR News for Android can work in the background, meaning you can enjoy the streaming goodness while performing other tasks (or running other apps).

Amazingly, the app is free. (Hey, NPR: You're always fundraising! Why not charge, say, five bucks for this app? I'm as cheap as they come, but I'd pay for it in a heartbeat.) You can find it in the Android Market.

What's your favorite Android app? What apps are you eagerly awaiting? I'm dying to see Kindle make its Android debut, as I think no smartphone is complete without it.

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