October 11, 2013 Last Updated 3:27 pm

USA TODAY updates iPhone news app, adds voice request for audio stories, commands

The first thing one notices after opening the just updated USA TODAY for iPhone app is that the app wants access to the phone’s microphone. By allowing the function the user now can use voice commands to do basic functions.

“Please allow USA TODAT to access the microphone,” the message reads. “We have exciting new features that allow you to use your voice to request audio stories and also to record and submit your videos to USA TODAY.”

USAT-iPhone-update-voice-lgThe app update is the first following the introduction of iOS 7 by Apple, so the update takes care of those issues, as well.

This update brings the iPhone app up to version 2.4.0. The app inside Google Play was last updated on September 16 and listed as version 2.3. USA TODAY for iPad is one version and was last updated in August – meaning that an update for iOS 7 is probably right around the corner.

Here is the full app description of the update:

What’s New in Version 2.4.0

** New Feature:
USA TODAY Audio – Listen to articles in News, Sports, Life, Money, Tech and Travel sections through a new hands-free interface. For example, just say “Play me News stories” to hear today’s top headlines.

** New Feature coming shortly in this version (no update needed):
Your Take – Upload your videos and photos inside the USA TODAY app and share them instantly with the nation. Also, check out the Featured section Your Take and see a stream of videos and photos from contributors across the USA.

Things that we’ve fixed and optimized for iOS 7:

– Breaking News push notifications are now delivering consistently

– Facebook sharing is fixed

– Enabling VoiceOver will no longer crash the app

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