YOU have asked, and we have delivered.
As loyal readers of the Newcastle Herald, you told us you wanted a news app. You wanted a better mobile reading experience. A live news feed. A better digital version of Today's Paper.
We listened. And after more than six months of development and testing we are delighted to be launching our brand new app with all these features, and more.
In line with your feedback, the app also provides readers with faster-loading articles and live feeds for your favourite content sections.
To make the user experience even better, the app allows for offline reading, which means you can download the headlines or Today's Paper at home and then read them wherever you are, whether that is on your morning commute, at the coffee shop or while you are enjoying your summer break at the beach.
An improved puzzles section now includes a medium and hard sudoku, a codeword, a splitword, a cryptic crossword and a regular crossword. Jigsaws are coming soon too. For readers who enjoy playing our existing selection of online puzzles, these will still be available to access on our mobile web and desktop web experiences.
Newcastle Herald editor Heath Harrison said today's app launch would deliver even better value for subscribers: "Our readers have been asking for a new app for the Newcastle Herald for a long time and we are delighted that we can now finally provide subscribers with a faster and cleaner reader experience. It means our readers can stay up to date with Newcastle news wherever they are."
The Newcastle Herald app is available to our digital subscribers only. New subscribers can sign up in the app or direct on our website.
We will be monitoring reader feedback over the coming weeks and months and will continue to listen to our readers.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts or suggestions. Of course, if you love the new app please give us a five-star rating in the App Store and let your friends know about it.
Thanks for reading the Newcastle Herald. We love our new app, and we think you will too.