Johnson is a big proponent of making Zite shine on each mobile operating system. The app started on the iPad but has expanded down the line to Android and Windows Phone. Johnson is the type of mobile nerd who sees something great in each of the platforms. As such, he wants to see Zite shine on each operating system.
Zite also announced today that version 2.0 of its app is coming to Android. Zite 2.0 was first shipped to the iPad in December 2012 and since then the company has been working to build the next generation of Zite for Android based on its iOS redesign. Instead of a straight port from the iPad app to Android, Johnson said that the Zite team wanted to make sure the app was very “Android-y” while still retaining the magazine feel that people like on iOS.
“Before we got Zite completely working on Android, looking at some of our competitors you notice that they really have just taken the iOS version and ported it over to Android. I really wanted to avoid that, I really wanted to take advantage of all the great features that Android has to offer,” Johnson said.
Zite will offer a dynamic widget for device home screens, an Android-style quick list, better personalization of news content and even integration with Samsung’s S Pen stylus on Galaxy Note devices.
Johnson said that Zite will also have a fully functional refresh of the app for iOS 7 when it is released to the public sometime in September.