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CNET Editors' review
Human: Real people read the news articles. That not only sounds natural, but it also turns your news articles into bite-sized podcasts, which you can queue to your liking.
Two birds with one stone: Umano's news aggregate works as both a newsreader and a news "reader." Articles can be played at 2x the speed for quicker consumption.
Multitask-friendly: Other news articles are accessible without disrupting your current article, thanks to a gesture-friendly UI.
Great user flow: The app's interface has a clean design, and content is well organized. Car mode brings a rudimentary, distraction-free UI for drivers.
Despite the Google card-like layout, there is no "swipeability" here.
Umano does something very different than many of the news apps out there. As a standalone newsreading app, it's got all the ingredients for a decent reader: good UI design, easy navigation, configurable news topics, and plenty of useful modes like car mode and the ability to download news bits. Umano has embraced a very friendly Android design in both form and function, but it's the content presentation itself that ultimately makes Umano stand out above the newsreader crowd. The app essentially turns popular news articles into podcasts, thanks to an organic staff of enthusiastic readers. We highly recommend the app and will be keeping a close eye on its growth.
From SoThree, Inc.:
The widely acclaimed, news app is now available on Android! With Umano you will hear real people with amazing voices read interesting news articles to you. Here are some things you can do with Umano: Browse the most interesting articles from top news sources See what your friends are listening to Personalize your listening experience by selecting categories and making a playlist Download your playlist for offline listening Share interesting articles with your friendsNotes on Permissions: - Read Sensitive Log Data - we only require this permission to better analyze app crashes so that we can make your Umano experience as smooth as possible. We do *not* store any sensitive personal data on our servers.Recent changes:New in version 1.1.1:-VOICE ACTOR PROFILES: Learn more about who's reading to you. They're superstars and should be recognized.-FILTER LISTENED ARTICLES: Added due to popular demand and frankly it makes a lot of sense to have.-VIEW ARTICLE LENGTH IN THE LIST: Sometimes you want to know how long you'd have to listen for before you commit.-BUG FIXES: We tried our best to fix crashes on devices. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still see issues.Content rating: Everyone
What's new in this version: New in version 1.1.1:-VOICE ACTOR PROFILES: Learn more about who's reading to you. They're superstars and should be recognized.-FILTER LISTENED ARTICLES: Added due to popular demand and frankly it makes a lot of sense to have.-VIEW ARTICLE LENGTH IN THE LIST: Sometimes you want to know how long you'd have to listen for before you commit.-BUG FIXES: We tried our best to fix crashes on devices. Please email us at email@example.com if you still see issues.
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