Singapore, 11 December 2013 – Berita Harian (BH), Singapore's only Malay-language daily published by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will be launching its smartphone and tablet apps along with its new website BeritaHarian.sg
The new Berita Harian smartphone app is available to users of both iPhones and Android smartphones, as well as smartphone browers that are compatible with HTML5 while the new tablet app is only available for iPad users. The smartphone and tablet editions offer BH in both native and PDF formats.
Both iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from App Store, while Android apps for smartphone are available on Google Play. HTML5 smartphone users can download the app via , . This follows a revamp of the newspaper that readers welcomed in May.mobile.beritaharian.sg.
The apps can be downloaded for free.
Berita Harian is offering users full access to all its paid content for a trial period from . Users can register for a free trial account via SPH's e-store atwww.bhsub.sg. One free trial account will allow the user to access all of BH's digital platforms. The registration period for the free trial ends on at 2359hrs.
With the revamp of the website and the introduction of the smartphone and tablet apps, readers of Berita Harian can now enjoy their daily read on four platforms: the daily print (newspaper) edition; the BH online edition (BeritaHarian.sg), the smartphone edition as well as the tablet edition. This will allow them to read Berita Harian anytime, anywhere.
Besides the full content of the daily BH print edition, there will be additional content that is available exclusively on BH's digital platforms such as extended interviews and food reviews for users. Special sections exclusive to BH's digital platforms include Wacana, a section dedicated to socio-political issues that are important to the Malay/Muslim community; and Hidayah, a section on religious affairs.
Halal food lovers can celebrate the launch of a new food microsite called SoShiok Halal. The microsite will serve as the go-to site for halal food as it will feature a directory of halal food establishments, halal food reviews, special features on celebrity chefs and more. To top it off, users can even make reservations at Halal restaurants through a collaboration between Berita Harian and Chope!, a website that allows online restaurant bookings.
Via the digital platforms, BH is able to provide new content to make user experience even better and more interactive. Besides photo galleries, there will be video clips on both news and lifestyle topics that users can view anytime, including exclusive interviews with local and international celebrities and behind the scene videos.
There will also be new interactive features such as enabling users to leave comments, sharing news and stories via social networks, online contests and polls, and a feature that allows users to tip-off BH by giving them direct contact with the newsrooms.
Mr Saat Abdul Rahman, Editor, Berita Harian, said: "It has been a challenging but exciting year for Berita Harian. Following our print revamp in May, we embarked on our digital project culminating in the launch of our new website, BeritaHarian.sg, and our mobile apps, so readers can now access Berita Harian content on multiple platforms. The launch is just a beginning. We will continue to work hard to improve our news content as well as other features we have in the digital space such as our interactive and video content."
Berita Harian will also engage its readers on the digital realm through Facebook (facebook.com/BeritaHarianSG), Twitter (@BeritaHarianSG) and Instagram (@BeritaHarianSG).
In conjunction with the launch of the digital platforms, a series of events have been planned in December, including a car decal and goodie bag giveaway at Courts Megastore Tampines carpark on, and a "Breakfast with BeritaHarian.sg" session at Burger King JEM and Burget King Tampines Mall on .
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