Appstem is simultaneously launching iOS and Android apps for The Richmond Standard, bringing local stories, sports highlights, crime, and other news, directly to handsets for the Richmond, California community. The app is the newest addition to The Richmond Standard, which was recently awarded Best Newsroom 2018, by Bulldog PR Awards.

Appstem was responsible for all design, development, and testing of the app. After the initial client evaluation to discuss the timeline, process, and budget Appstem proposed building the app with a hybrid framework using a single code base for both platforms. Appstem developed both the iOS and Android platforms simultaneously using React Native — resulting in a faster, more cost-effected development. The React Native platform enables developers to compose rich mobile UI and build mobile apps only using JavaScript. Additionally, because maintenance and support are on one code base, Appstem enabled the client to save on ongoing support and future phases. Content can be seamlessly published to the website and mobile apps.  

“Our business is not “one size fits all”. We always challenge ourselves with finding the best platform for a project and take a longterm approach on what that app will need to do now and in the future,” stated Robert Armstrong, CEO for Appstem.

Started in 2014, The Richmond Standard is the only news source dedicated to the Richmond area. It is a first-of-its-kind corporate-sponsored local community news site aimed at providing news to the community. Its newsroom consists of editorial team members, community-based freelancers, and a comprehensive editorial calendar. Monthly page views for the digital newspaper is roughly 154,000. The news-outlet is sponsored by Chevron and published by Singer Associates Public Relations San Francisco.



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