VATICAN CITY — With a couple quick taps, users of Android smartphones and tablets can listen to Vatican Radio programs — in 40 different languages, including Esperanto — access the pope’s daily schedule in English or Italian, read the texts of his speeches at those events and watch papal events live on video.
The app has been available since Wednesday from Google Play.
As for the fine print: The app is free. The papal agenda and text-news functions work on devices running Android 2.3 and higher. To access the radio broadcasts and live streaming of audio programs, you need Android 3.0 or higher. And Android 4.0 or higher is required to view the video streaming.
Vatican Radio said it is working on a similar app for iPhones and iPads, which should be ready soon. And another app for the Windows Phone is in the pipeline.