SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Umano, an app featuring professional voice actors who read the news, now offers unlimited offline downloading and other features through Umano Premium, a new service available in the latest version of the iOS and Android app. Released today, Umano Premium provides improvements that listeners have requested since the service launched in October 2012.
"Over the last year, we've grown a consistent listener base, amassed a wide variety of content and hired a team of voice artists that Umano listeners love," said Ian Mendiola, co-founder and CEO of Umano. "We decided it was time to develop the features that listeners demand most, and we're proud to offer all of them in Umano Premium."
Umano Premium offers significant improvements in playlist management, including:
- Unlimited offline downloading of all articles
- Unlimited playlist sizes, instead of a 20-article cap
- Playlist reordering with touch-and-drag controls
- One-click playlist generator, which uses a listener's history to create personalized playlists
- News flash feature, which allows listeners to hear the latest breaking news headlines throughout the day
For listeners who enjoy falling asleep to Umano, the Premium service also includes an easy-to-use sleep timer. In addition, Premium listeners can customize their app by choosing one of five jingles to sound before Umano begins playing an article.
"Our aim is to make journalism accessible, convenient and enjoyable," said Anton Lopyrev, co-founder of Umano. "We accomplished that with the free version, and we are confident that Umano Premium will satisfy listeners looking for more control over the Umano experience."
The Umano team plans to continually improve the Premium service by developing additional features and offering exclusive premium content.
Current Umano listeners will be given a complimentary two-month trial of Umano Premium. The updated app will be available today in iTunes and Google Play.
Umano takes insightful content found online and has professional voice actors tell the story. The amalgamation of high-quality journalism and convenient delivery distinguishes Umano from traditional radio, podcasts and other audio news applications. To learn more, visit www.umanoapp.com