The team over at CBS Interactive have been busy these past few weeks for us Windows Phone users. First they release CBS News, one of the prettiest and well designed news apps available for Windows Phone and it has been a big hit (you can download it here). Now they have released the CBS Local app. This app, as the name suggests, brings you news, weather, sports and even lets you stream live audio and video from local stations all from within the app. While it still has a few rough edges, the CBS Local app is quite impressive and certainly worth the download if you live in one of the 24 supported markets (or like me, live away from my hometown but want to keep up with it).
When you launch the CBS Local app you will start with the Watch + Listen page where you can stream live audio from CBS owned stations in that market or you can stream live video from the CBS affiliate station in that market. To change the content of what you
want to view, just swipe left or right on your Windows Phone. That will take you to local news, sports, a Best of section where you can read some of the most popular local stories from CBS. There is also a video tab where you can stream popular news stories that were broadcasted on the local CBS affiliate station.
No matter which page you happen to be in on the CBS Local app, at the top you will see the current weather conditions and a traffic signal. Tap the weather information to be taken to the weather section of the app where you can get detailed conditions for the moment along with forecast information and local radar images. By-The-Way Dallas peeps, it’s COLD! Likewise, if you tap on the traffic signal you will get a map of the area with color coded roads indicating traffic congestion so you can plan your journey appropriately.
I said in my opening comments that the CBS Local app still had some rough edges. I’ve found the app loads slowly on the initial launch but performs great once it is going. Secondly I’ve had it time out a few times when looking at traffic information but usually a tap back into that section gets me to it again. Neither of these are show stoppers in my view. They are annoyances for a 1.0 release that I’m sure they will get resolved soon enough. The content and ease-of-use of the app however far outweigh these little issues.
The CBS Local app for Windows Phone is free and available now in the Windows Phone Store.