Keeping up with current events locally and around the world isn’t easy but it’s something I’ve always been extremely passionate about, so I set out to find a way to easily learn about all the latest news. I wanted to find something that is both convenient and thorough so I can get news when I want it most and I know I can trust the source itself to be accurate. While browsing the internet, I came across a website called AppGrooves that compiles the best apps in a variety of categories. In my case, I landed on a page with the top 10 apps for daily news, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Of course, I was a tad skeptical – would these apps really bring me what I was looking for? But I’m happy to report that I was very pleasantly surprised. I discovered that the apps had the most current daily news headlines and top-rated breaking news stories, keeping me constantly updated on what’s happening in the world. I’m way too busy to sit down and read a paper or watch the news, so an app I could pull up and check anytime was the perfect solution. Now, all it takes to stay informed and current is a few minutes of my time. I decided to include below a very quick review of the three apps I preferred out of those I tried as well as a link to the AppGrooves website where I discovered them, so you can do further research on what app will be best for you!
I really enjoy SmartNews because it updates its information several times a day in an effort to keep readers informed. It is incredibly convenient because it has all the news I’m looking for in one place from a really wide variety of sources. It delivers daily news from Fox News, CBS News, and the Huffington Post just to name a few! If there is breaking news, then I’m the first to know about it with this app. I enjoy the variety of articles and opinions it provides – not limiting its sources to one viewpoint only. It’s a great fit for me and I think it will be for you too.
From the reviews I’ve seen (and I’ve browsed through a lot!) users love the fact that they are able to download articles and take them on-the-go! This being said, you should keep in mind that these downloads can take up space on your mobile device. A helpful solution is to download the articles you want to read at the moment and delete them from your device when you’re done in order to efficiently conserve data and space.
Pros: A wide variety of sources, the ability to download articles, updates throughout the day.
Cons: Saved articles can take up space on your mobile device.
Overall: It’s extremely convenient and easy to use as long as you have some space on your phone to dedicate to the articles you’re certainly going to want to read.
RT News is another one of my favorites for news because it is a simple app that allows you to discover great news pieces without political or commercial influence. You can find different perspectives and unique takes on world news that you won’t find anywhere else. The user-friendly design is clean and self-explanatory, allowing you to easily access photos and watch actual news footage if that’s something you’re into. Despite some of my preconceived notions, reading the news doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. There are actually a wide variety of stories without bias, and now you can find them all in one app, which is incredibly helpful.
Okay, so the app’s full name is Russia Today News, but you’re not only getting news about Russia. RT News (Russia Today) is really great for anyone who wants access to news, broadcasts, and shows on a worldwide level. Sure, there is the occasional ad, but those ads make it possible for you to access amazing free content, so, like me, you probably won’t even notice it once you get started.
Pros: No political or commercial influence on news stories, in-depth coverage of worldwide stories.
Cons: The occasional ad does make an appearance.
Overall: A really great app for finding world news without bias, just keep in mind that you’ll probably see an ad or two.
News Break is wonderful for those interested in the most pressing local stories. Find out about the breaking news in your area as soon as it happens. You are able to personalize the app so you see only the articles that interest you the most, whether that is breaking news, local news, world news, political news – whatever. Finally, you can say goodbye to scrolling through pages and pages of boring news stories because this app provides only the really juicy stuff that you actually want to read about. Bottom line, News Break puts your interests first, which is more than I can say about the majority of news apps I tried.
While News Break is great for the general population, I will say it is lacking when it comes to accessibility for the disabled community. In terms of the feature that reads articles aloud, there are a few bugs in the system that can make it difficult for those with reading impairments to understand what is being said. However, according to the developers, this is a problem that will be fixed soon. And, if you do not have a reading impairment, this likely will not affect you.
Pros: Immediate access to all the most pressing breaking news stories and a personalized news feed so there’s no more endless scrolling through articles.
Cons: Not very accessible to people with reading or vision impairments.
Overall: Useful for learning about breaking news in your area, but it can be difficult to use for those who rely on the feature that reads articles aloud.
If you want a news app that brings you a truly diverse variety of articles, Smart News is for you. If, instead (or in addition), you’re looking for a news source with absolutely no political bias whatsoever, RT News is exactly what you’re looking for. And, finally, if breaking news is more of your speed, you’ll really enjoy all of the fast-paced articles on News Break. No matter what kind of daily or breaking news you’re looking for, these apps have it. Don’t just take my word for it – check them out for yourself!