SmartNews: Local Breaking News 17+

Breaking Local News & Weather

SmartNews, Inc.

    • Free

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Description

SmartNews is the award-winning local news app downloaded by 50+ million readers in 150+ countries!
SmartNews analyzes millions of articles every day to deliver the top trending news stories influencing the world right now.
News From All Sides! SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.
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Reviews:
“Better than Feedly or Flipboard. Love it!” Jack C.
“Much better than the new version of Apple News.” - Polidoc
“Been using Google News but this is better. Much easier to share.” Eddie H.
“Literally one of the best news apps… It ranks with the likes of BBC News.” -lightspeed12
“Browse headlines quickly, customize your channels and read the news offline. SmartNews is an excellent free alternative to other popular news apps.”
- CNET
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Features:
Breaking News
Notifications for breaking news stories.
Trusted News
300+ top US & World news publications.
Offline News
Fetch trending news and read news offline.
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Awards:
- Best of 2013 (Japan) - Apple
- Best App of the Year, 2013 (Japan) - Google

What’s New

Version 23.1.30

- New publishers include Park City News, On Tap Sports, and more!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
734.5K Ratings

734.5K Ratings

NubianP6 ,

Stop the Popups!

UPDATE: (I am late posting this, but) within hours of me writing about my issue with pop-ups, the developers actually responded, and within a day or two, the problem was 100% rectified! I love developers who actually take the time to read and respond to the concerns of their customers, so because of that, SmartNews will forever have a supporter in me!

I have been using Smart news several times a day, every day for years now, and I have enjoyed it for the most-part. However, as of January 1, 2021, I am now being greeted by a pop-up urging me to enable location services, which I have no desire to do. It is understandable that the app would request permission for such a feature, but it is requesting permission after EVERY•SINGLE•STORY read! It is beyond annoying and feels like harassment! If this problem isn’t rectified within a week, I will be uninstalling this app. Your readers should be given a choice of which features to enable, and not be harassed when they don’t choose in accordance with YOUR preferences. Update: I am updating my review to reflect a 4-star rating, because I am no longer being bombarded with popups. For everyone who’s whining about the app being too “left-leaning”, perhaps you should search for a Breitbart app, or some other tabloidesque news affiliate...and this is coming from an Independent.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback. We are currently working to address this issue and appreciate your patience.

-SmartNews

Jdjdkdksba ,

Helps me stay in formed

Love smart news and have recommended it to many of my friends. I would like to see a few very minor changes though.
1. Something to show “not interested” in a certain article/topic. For instance, I may read two articles on the same topic, be done with it, and then the app assumes anything related to that person or topic I want to know about and I relentlessly get articles about that (ex. Aaron Carter’s passing - I now get every article written about the tragic event, “his managers last text with him”, “his fiancé spotted at…”, “what happens to Aaron’s fortune now?” etc - all of which I, respectfully, don’t want to receive anymore or read about just because I read the article about his passing.
2. Because the algorithm does push so much that it thinks I will like, I tend to miss actual breaking news stories. Would be cool to differentiate breaking news notifications even more, maybe with a different color logo or something (not sound).

All in all, I love this app and have used it for years. It has so many great features like the smart view and features that have evolved like being able to see the articles you were notified about all in one place. It’s very helpful for staying aware of things in a timely manner.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your review and great suggestion! We are working with our internal team to make the 'see less' feature better, so please stay tuned for the nearest future app updates. Also will pass along your feedback to the design and product team for future development. Happy reading!

Zan Wilson ,

Fantastic Function and Fav App but iPhone Capacity Issues

I love the news I get; frequently from cities I didn’t even realize it was tracking for me! Far superior to anything else I’ve ever seen I might be getting addicted this; I spend more time than I think I ‘should’ reading really interesting stuff that’s relevant to me. It’s not a five because it seems to ‘consume’ my iPhone 7 (with max memory)! Here’s what I mean: 1) Frequent pauses/freezes that can last quite a while. Some correct themselves with time, others don’t seem to. 2) Frequently I can’t open iPhone Notes to store an article. It just freezes! This is almost to the point rarely try anymore. But my memory is so bad what’s the point of reading all of this if a can’t save a link to it for later? 3) I was informed by the iPhone that my battery is going bad. However, this App seems to consume tons of power. If I stop using it for a day my ‘power issues’ seem to disappear. If I need a newer/faster iPhone for this app just let me know. If that’s not the issue, any suggestions? Alex PS - I’d like to store direct links to some of the news - is there an easy way to do this? Another suggestion: when I’m done reading an article option to remove from list or retain for a while (I may wish to forward to a friend ...... when it’s daylight again - ha, perhaps I am addicted!

Developer Response ,

Hello,

Thanks for your feedback. Our support team can be reached via support@smartnews.com with information about your device including screenshots, screen recordings, URLs so that our team may investigate. Please be sure you have updated the app to the latest version. If you use a VPN, try disabling it or change server location.

- SmartNews

App Privacy

The developer, SmartNews, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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