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The Straits Times to launch new Android tablet app

Singapore, 17 July 2013 - The Straits Times (ST), the English flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will launch its new Straits Times app for Android tablets on Google Play Store fromtomorrow18 July.

The new app comes with breaking news and push notifications, a 7-day archive and full print content. With the introduction of the new Android tablet app, the ST iPad package will be renamed the ST Tablet package and the new app will become part of this package. Current subscribers to the iPad package or the All-in-One package will automatically enjoy access to the new app on their Android tablets with immediate effect. The stand-alone ST iPad package will be discontinued.

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of ST, said: “With this new Android app, our readers can now enjoy ST reports whenever they want on more platforms. It adds to our mission to bring the news to you wherever you are."

In conjunction with the release of its new Android tablet app, The Straits Times will launch a subscription campaign starting from tomorrow with an array of attractive gifts up for grabs. 

New subscribers or subscribers who currently pay through their news vendors can sign up for a three-year plan with SPH and choose either a Samsung GALAXY Tab3 with 8” display (Wifi Version) or a Samsonite Optimum Spinner Trolley Bag. 

The soon-to-be-launched Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 (8.0") WiFi is packed with enhanced content and intuitive design to provide consumers with various ways to view, listen, create, and share meaningful events and special content, whether they are surfing the web at home or reading during their daily commute.

For a two-year plan, subscribers can select between a Tom Tom GPS or a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker. For a one-year plan, subscribers can choose a Philips Steam & Go Handheld Garment Steamer or a Novita AircareTM Air Sterilizer.

Existing SPH subscribers are also eligible for the one or two years plan when they upgrade or renew their subscription to The Straits Times All-in-One package.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Executive Vice-President, Circulation Division, said: “With the launch of the new ST Android tablet app, The Straits Times is now more readily accessible on all mobile devices through the various digital platforms. Readers can now keep abreast of the latest news regardless of where they are or what devices they use.”

For a summary of the various pricing packages, and details of how to subscribe to the new ST All-in-One package, subscribers can visit the SPH e-shop at 
www.sphsubscription.com.sg.


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About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of SPH, has been serving readers for more than a century. Launched on July 15, 1845, its comprehensive coverage of world news, East Asian news, Southeast Asian news, home news, sports news, financial news and lifestyle updates makes The Straits Times the most-read newspaper in Singapore. 

Quality news, in-depth analyses, impactful commentaries and breaking stories are packaged to give readers riveting accounts of events in Singapore, the region, and beyond. 

The Straits Times' key strength is in its world class coverage of news outside Singapore. With 20 bureaus in major cities around the world, The Straits Times correspondents bring world news to readers on a Singapore platter, helping them appreciate world events from a Singaporean perspective. 

In keeping with the times, The Straits Times introduced weekly supplements such as Digital Life (DL), Urban and Mind Your Body (MYB) to complement The Straits Times as well as IN and Little Red Dot to cater to young readers in schools. In 2010, IN won the World Young Reader prize for the Newspapers In Education category. The prize was awarded by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra).

The Straits Times also has an online presence at 
www.straitstimes.com. The site features top stories, blogs and an online forum threads. Also under The Straits Times' umbrella are citizen journalism site Stomp and online television service The Straits Times RazorTV.


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. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second 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. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg.