CNN announces free news app for Android tablets

Pay for US$40 a year for The Daily on iPad? CNN launches free news app for Android tablets

Just hours after Rupert Murdoch outed his company’s iPaper for the tablet age – The Daily – CNN has laid the smackdown with a free news app for Android tablets running Honeycomb.

The CNN app – which is free, unlike News Corp’s new tablet news organ – has a Broadsheet screen that displays up to 350 of the latest stories in a graphic grid, plus easy section navigation via a sidebar. It can also stream live news video and integrates CNN’s iReport, a citizen journalism dumping ground that lets users upload pictures, video and user-submitted stories.

So, it’s paid-for old-school journalism versus free streaming of live news with a user-generated channel. Has Apple backed the wrong horse?