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App for Q&A site Quora arrives on Android

Question-and-answer website Quora yesterday took the wraps off its official Android app.

All of the core features of Quora – home feed, notifications, question and answer, comments – can now be found on Android smartphones and tablet devices.

"When we set out to build an Android app, we wanted to take advantage of the unique characteristics of the Android platform to extend your experience of Quora in new ways," product manager Sandra Liu Huang said in a blog entry.

Built and designed specifically for the Android platform, the new app follows modern design principles, and includes features like integrated search (with voice activation), top answers on the home screen, and landscape mode.

Since the site earns its keep by providing information, the Quora team provided its new application with a faster, easier way to search. By integrating results into the actual Android device, handset owners can search Quora without opening the app. Within Quora, all roads lead to search access, which can be completed by typing your query, or by asking a question out loud.

One function of the Android app that Quora's iOS option doesn't offer is the chance to add a home screen widget – drop a customisable Top Answers box onto your phone's home page to keep up with Quora's best content.

Huang also touted landscape mode, which he said provides more spacious views.

"A special shoutout to all the Quora users on Android who have been patiently waiting for this app," Huang said. "This one is for you!"

Formerly, Android users could access Quora via its mobile site. The iPhone and iPod touch app was introduced in December, and has since been updated to version 1.5.

The new Quora Android app joins the Google Play store for a free download. An iOS version of the app is also available in Apple's App Store.