White House Opens its Virtual Doors to Android Users Too

The White House doors are now open to all smartphone users across the country - Democrats or Republicans, iPhone devotees or Android fans. If only the politicians in Washington could get along so well.

The White House doors are now open to all smartphone users across the country – Democrats or Republicans, iPhone devotees or Android fans.  If only the politicians in Washington could get along so well.

Do you think George Washington ever imagined a blog from the office of the U.S. president would begin by asking Americans, “Do you have the White House app for your phone?”

Well, by George, it does because President Obama, wants all Americans to have the new White House mobile app.

The administration launched an upgraded iPhone app and introduced a new Android app Tuesday.

What’s in it for smartphone users and, of course, voters too?

“With both of these mobile apps, Americans can get alerts directly from the White House, check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and read the latest news from the blog or the Briefing Room,” the White House announced in a blog post by New Media Director, Macon Phillips.

The upgraded iPhone app lets users get alerts every time President Obama is about to speak, and watch his remarks within the app.  Other new features include an updated photo gallery, social network sharing capabilities for blog posts and videos, and a push messaging feature with sounds and icon badges.

The Android version is not much different than the iPhone, with the same behind-the-scenes photos and videos, updates from the White House press office, and mobile alerts about major events and announcements described by the White House.

The White House said that about 6.6 percent of all visits to WhiteHouse.gov in the last two months came from iOS and Android devices, almost double from the same time period last year.

More than 400,000 people, meanwhile, have already downloaded the iPhone app.

If you want an alert today on your smartphone, act fast.  The president speaks at a Facebook town hall at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., TODAY at 4:45pm, EST/1:45pm, PST.

And we’re pretty sure this is one event the White House will promote through social media, apps and all!