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Academy Launches Oscar App on Android, Amazon

The app was already available on Apple's iOS

The Academy launched its official Oscars app on Android and Amazon on Thursday, expanding its initiative to direct fans' attention from the television to the second screen.

iTunes App StoreThe app, already available on the iPad and iPhone, was made available for free on the Google Play store and the Amazon app store, the Academy said. According to iTunes, the iPad app was updated earlier on Wednesday.

Developed by the Academy and Disney/ABC Television Group's digital media arm, the app allows users to see behind-the-scenes videos and stories with host Seth MacFarlane and search information about the nominees. It also features a "My Picks" ballot on which users can organize their dream-team of winners.

On Oscar night on Feb. 24, the app will feature "Backstage Pass," a live telecast from more than a dozen cameras placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the Dolby Theatre — in the press room, the control room, backstage and elsewhere.

And a ticker on the app will notify when a users' favorite actor and actress arrives on stage.

"We're always looking for ways to bring fans closer to the show and this app provides a unique and fun way to do that," Josh Spector, the managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy, said in a statement. "More fans than ever will be able to enjoy the full Oscar experience now that our app is available to Droid users."