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White House Mobile Program Adds Android and Pokes, Because You People Really Like Your Portable Devices

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

Image credit: The White House

If you should so choose, you now have the ability to get your iPhone to buzz whenever President Obama is about to speak.

That's one of the upgrades that the White House has announced they're making to their mobile program. Once you get the alert, you can watch it on-the-go via White House Live. The other addition: an Android version of the White House mobile app.

(They remind, though, that on the non-app front there's a mobile version of WhiteHouse.gov.)

White House new media director Macon Phillips offers a peek into why they're bothering. "According to the numbers," he blogs, "more and more of you are using mobile devices to access content on WhiteHouse.gov. In the last two months, 6.6% of visits to WhiteHouse.gov came from the iOS or Android operating system - nearly double the share of visits over the same period last year (3.6%)."