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BBC News for Android

By BBC Worldwide Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 20, 2014

BBC News brings to your mobile device a wealth of news featured on the BBC official Web site, as well as on the World News television program and World Service radio. That said, it doesn't let you access all the content on the BBC News site, nor does it let you post comments.

Pros

Customizable home page: The BBC News app features a customizable home page that lets you choose which topics to follow and quickly access the latest top stories with just one tap. The categories you can add include regional news such as UK, Europe, U.S., & Canada, as well as topical ones like Health, Entertainment & Arts, Business, Technology, or Sport.

Plenty of content: With this application you can also easily listen to the BBC World Service in real time and to the World News Bulletin, as well as view World News Summary, Business Summary, and other BBC TV news programs.

Beautiful and accessible: The streamlined interface uses swiping gestures and scrolling intuitively so that you can quickly browse through top news stories. What's more, automatic news updates can be downloaded while you're online and viewed later offline. Push notifications are also supported and work well.

Cons

Lacks the completeness of the BBC News Web site: With this application you can view only Top Stories, which means that you may miss less popular but fascinating local stories, which don't make the headlines.

Doesn't allow comments: You can't share your views on top stories and engage with others as on the BBC Web site. This greatly diminishes the social appeal of the app, though you can easily share stories through email and social media with just a few taps.

Bottom Line

The BBC News app brings you the most important news from one of the most respected and reliable broadcasting corporations in the world. It has a nice interface, works smoothly, and feels intuitive. If you enjoy the official BBC Web site, you will definitely like this app, especially since it's ad-free, unlike other news apps.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.5.2

General

Release April 21, 2014
Date Added April 21, 2014
Version 2.5.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 366
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Get the latest world and regional news from the BBC's global network of more than 2000 journalists. From breaking news, to business, entertainment, technology, the arts and sport, all divided into clear sections, this free app lets you watch video reports, listen to live radio and read the latest updates wherever you are.