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SmartNews - Trending Stories for Android

By SmartNews, Inc Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 6, 2014

A clever news aggregator, SmartNews selects popular content from the hottest Web sources and delivers it in an appealing SmartView mode that loads instantly and looks great. Unfortunately, it doesn't let you add sources manually.

Pros

SmartView mode: Arguably SmartNews' main draw, SmartView mode instantly loads any article, displaying it in an elegant and streamlined reading window, free of ads and other distractions.

Effortless navigation: Swiping left or right enables you to flip through the different news categories with ease, significantly reducing the number of taps you have to make to discover content. What's more, scrolling down through articles is smooth and responsive.

Clean design: The app looks neat with its colorful news categories at the top of the screen and headlines with images. The font is crisp and legible.

Cons

Doesn't let you add sources: SmartNews features a selection of channels from which it hand-picks content, which means that for any news category, you'll only get a limited number of articles that refresh at set intervals.

Bottom Line

If you want to discover interesting news from across categories, without having to choose the channels to follow or adding your own sources, then SmartNews is an irresistible app. It looks great, is easy to use, and offers plenty of great content.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.0

General

Release October 2, 2014
Date Added October 2, 2014
Version 2.0.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Requires Android 2.2 and up

Popularity

Total Downloads 282
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

  • There is zero loading time with SmartView. Content is loaded behind the scenes so you can access it in an instant in a beautiful, easy-to-read format.
  • All your news is one flip away. News, entertainment, sports, science, and more are beautifully organized into up-to-the-minute channels.
  • The magic of SmartNews is behind the scenes. Our technology delivers the hottest articles by analyzing what is being read and shared at any given moment.
  • Our clean, elegant format makes reading simple and fast. You only see what matters in an article: photos, headlines, and text.
  • You can get your breaking news three times per day. It's easy to set up push notifications to receive your news in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • Share your favorite content with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Pocket, etc.