It wasn’t so long ago that using the internet meant one thing to most people: sitting down in front of a PC and firing up a web browser. But according to, no less than, Steve Jobs — the founder and until recently, leader of the world’s most admired company, Apple — we’re now in a “post-PC era.” You can ignore Steve Jobs if you want — he’s not always right, after all — but it’s hard to ignore that HP, the biggest PC manufacturer in the world, recently announced that, well, they’re not going to be making PCs anymore.
The internet is everywhere now, from sleek iPads to big-screen TV sets. And one of the most popular ways to use it is by smartphone — that usually means your iPhone, Android phone or BlackBerry. Don’t have one yet? Odds are, you will soon. More and more, smartphones aren’t just for geeks and people who don’t know what to do with all their money.
So, here at ChannelOne.com, we couldn’t just stay on the PC anymore. In the past few weeks, we’ve released new apps for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. If you’re a Channel One News fan, you’re definitely going to need these. You can install them in a couple of minutes, and, of course, they’re completely free.
Because a smartphone is not a PC, our apps look very different from ChannelOne.com. One of the most popular uses of smartphones, particularly for teens, is video, so we’ve put that front and center. Instead of full episodes of the show, you can choose and watch the clips you want — we’ve got all our best features from the show, plus fun behind-the-scenes stuff and unaired footage. We’ve worked in our Facebook and Twitter feeds, you can keep up with up-to-the-minute breaking news, and you can vote on the Next Big Thing and Your Turn.
There are some more surprises too. You’re just going to have to install one of the apps to find out. They’re the only way to have us with you wherever you go and whenever you want, no PC or TV required.