BOISE - After several months of behind-the-scenes work, KTVB & KTVB.COM are rolling out brand new applications for the three major smart phone platforms.

KTVB was the first to provide news on the iPhone in 2009, and since then we ve made a number of adjustments and improvements. The new apps represent months of feedback and testing to bring you a next generation application experience.

Users of the Android platform are getting their own Idaho news app for the first time, as are those who use a Blackberry to keep tabs on e-mail and the Internet.

Each app is easy to find. You can either click here, or simply search KTVB in your device s application store. Users of our old iPhone application will be prompted to download the new version from the app store in coming days.

Recent research from Comscore shows Google s Android platform is the fastest growing in the smart phone industry, coming within three percentage points of Apple s market share in September figures. Industry leader RIM and its Blackberry platform is still on top, though it is steadily losing share according to Comscore. Another firm, Nielsen, says more people bought Android-platform phones from March through September than any other type of device.

The applications feature extensive news and weather options, as well as video, sports, blogs and more. Personalized weather conditions will change depending on your location, so if you take a road-trip to McCall or hop a plane to California, the app will give you the current weather wherever you are.

KTVB is always working to bring users news on any platform, whether it s the traditional TV set, your desktop computer, phones, Twitter, Facebook or even text message. The new applications expand our ability to get news, weather and big story coverage into your hands as quickly as possible.

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