Singapore, 9 September 2011 - STOMP, the citizen journalism and social-networking portal of media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), launched its Android application today.
Developed in collaboration with Sony Ericsson and M1, the app allows citizen journalists to contribute reports, photos and videos to STOMP with the built-in cameras of their Android devices. Users can also get a real-time feed of the latest STOMP content, and interact with others in the thriving STOMP community.
In an Android-exclusive feature, users can set up a widget that provides an at-a-glance look at the top STOMP stories on their home screen, without having to manually launch the app. The STOMP Android app is exclusively available to all M1 subscribers with Sony Ericsson smartphones for six months. After this initial period, it will be made available to all other Android devices.
The app is pre-loaded on all new Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray smartphones to provide a seamless communications entertainment experience to all STOMP readers. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray, with its high-quality 8.1mp camera with Exmor R™ for mobile functionality, is a perfect smartphone for this app, enabling users to capture and share HD videos and photos anytime, anywhere. The Sony Ericsson™ Xperia ray will be available from M1 on 10 September 2011. The app will also be pre-loaded on other existing and upcoming Sony Ericsson smartphones distributed by M1.
Existing M1 subscribers who have Sony Ericsson smartphones can download the STOMP app free-of-charge from the M1 App Store at http://appstore.m1.com.sg/
“M1 is pleased to launch this Android app, in partnership with STOMP and Sony Ericsson. We believe this app will provide our customers with swifter and more efficient access in posting pictures and videos on-the-go, as well as getting the first leads in news-breaks”, said Mr. P. Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1 Limited.
Mr. Chew V Ming, Editor of STOMP, said: “This is a milestone for STOMP and we know that there are many Android phone users who are looking forward to their own version of the STOMP app. We've worked hard to deliver an improved user experience on this platform, so, welcome to our mobile community!”
The app is STOMP's second mobile application after its multiple-award-winning iPhone app. By adapting the proven user interface and functionality to the Android platform, STOMP aims to extend its potent mix of provocative citizen journalism content and social networking features to a larger audience.
STOMP received the Best Mobile Application and Judges' Choice prizes for its iPhone app at the recent Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) Awards. It was also the winner of the Best in Mobile Media award in the 2010 Asian Digital Media Awards organised by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers.
For more details, please contact:
Chew V Ming
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1284
Chua Khim Guan
Product Group Marketing Manager
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications International
DID: 6880 8360
Burson-Marsteller (SEA), for Sony Ericsson
DID: 6671 3254
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225
STOMP is Asia's leading social networking and citizen journalism website. Set up by The Straits Times to engage with its readers both online and offline, it has set new benchmarks for user-generated content and interaction with readers. The website is actively involved in national campaigns, partnering various agencies such as the Speak Good English Movement. Growing from strength to strength, STOMP achieved an all-time high of 104 million pageviews in August 2011.
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 265 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.