The Sun launches a subscription Android app, and an iPhone version is on the way

the sun launches a subscription android app, and an iphone version is on the way

Hot on the heels of the recent UK Sun newspaper website paywall debate, any argument about Rupert-Murdoch-owned href=”” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”News International”>News International’s plans for mobile have received some clarification this week.

href=”” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”The Sun (United Kingdom)”>The Sun newspaper has now finally launched its Android app, hitting Android Market for an introductory price of £0.69 a month, rising to its permanent subscription price of £4.99 after the first month.

The Sun has the highest circulation of all UK print newspapers, and it launched its first native app for href=”” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”iPad”>iPad way back in June 2010, which also costs £4.99 a month, offering what is essentially a scanned version of the print newspaper, with no real interactivity to speak of.

A dedicated href=”” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”iPhone”>iPhone app is in the pipeline and should be hitting the href=”” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”App Store”>App Store “soon”, presumably it will adopt the same approach as the Android app which is at least tailored for a mobile app platform.

the sun launches a subscription android app, and an iphone version is on the way

The ‘will he, won’t he’ debate surrounding Ruper Murdoch’s intentions to take The Sun’s website behind a paywall was recently reignited after it was revealed a new archive website had been set up which charges for access to previously published articles from The Sun and News of the World.

News International, The Sun’s publishers, had previously done this for its now-defunct Sunday tabloid newspaper News of the World which adopted a paid model in October 2010. However, as we reported last May, News International has hinted that it had shelved plans to introduce a paywall for the Sun, and this was reiterated in our October report too.

It will be interesting to see how its foray into charged content works on Android, but on a platform that has typically been difficult to get users paying for apps, I’m not convinced it will see too many people pay the £4.99 monthly subscription. 

the sun launches a subscription android app, and an iphone version is on the way
Simranpal Singh
Simranpal Singh
With a decade-long journey in the tech industry, I've been actively engaged in tech reporting across various reputable publications. He currently works as a Web Developer at RightNode Media and pursues his hobby of writing on GoAndroid. Enjoy travelling, and always excited about new tech trends. He actively contributes on GizmoChina and GChromecast Hub.


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