| 10. February 2011
DLR in your hands - the DLR App, now for iPhone
The first version of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) iPhone App is now available via the iTunes store. This free App gives users access to a wealth of information wherever they go. The DLR App is a dynamic online news aggregator that compiles all relevant information on DLR research areas of space, aviation, energy and transport - from breaking news to videos to imagery - and delivers it to your iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad).
The DLR App not only allows you to organise news, videos, images and the DLR Twitter stream according to your preferences, but also gives you the option to share the content via E-Mail, Facebook or Twitter. Depending on the language settings of your device, the DLR App gives you the possibility of viewing the content in German or English. Its dynamic quality allows for the content to be updated constantly via the Internet. Although the DLR App does not provide all of the content found on the DLR's web portal, it is now available in a more user-friendly way on iOS devices.
The DLR App Version 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is availabe for download at the iTunes Store.
Some frequently asked questions:
Why does DLR need an iOS App?
The answer is simple: it will be possible to reach up to 160 million potential users/readers.
A simple newsreader, that's all?
Version 1.0 is just the beginning. An update with enhanced functionality, which will also make use of specific iPad features, is currently being developed.
Why not a Web App?
As mentioned above, the updated version of the DLR App will require a native iOS App. An additional Web App will be provided as well. Please read below.
Will other mobile operating systems such as Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile or Blackberry be considered?
We are currently developing a Web App for these platforms based on the upcoming mobile version of www.DLR.de/en. It will be available by midyear. This Web App will, of course, also work on iOS devices.
Image Credits: DLR, CC-BY-SA (top - higher resolution), Copyright Apple/Photomontage DLR (right).