We update the app regularly to enhance your experience. This release includes some improvements to underlying services within the app, as well as small bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Best News App and network
In the past year American news has become so focused on Donald Trump and celebrities that I just straight up gave up watching any news. Im so thankful I finally found this app to stay informed on news from all over the world. Of course a little Trump gets in but that's the world we live in. You can customize what areas of the world you want to see news from so you can stay informed on Africa, the middle East and Latin America. I also don't feel like there are hidden political opinions behind the stories. This is the first review I've ever actually taken the time to write I usually just hit ignore when it asks me to.
I just noticed that you can now turn off video subtitling.. (square “S” at bottom of video)
YEAAAA! That was such a distraction. Well done!
The quality of articles has improved too after a period of being in a one sentence per paragraph “staccato” like format that after a while became irritating to read. Also the amount of “soft” non-news (social issue nonsense) seems to have abated somewhat - thankfully..
It’s going in the right direction and still has a very wide range of content for almost every taste. Apart from news and sports there are also interesting “stories” and longer “magazine” articles.
I check it EVERY day...
However there are still a few issues:
Often, when playing a video there will be an error, something about “media failing to resolve”. Very annoying especially if you’ve just been forced to watch an ad beforehand..
The U.S. news category in the customisable “My News” section can be over a day old, especially at weekends..
It still has an annoying tendency to sometimes drop you back at the beginning of a section after you’ve read an article within that section, rather than back to where you were when you started reading the article. e.g. you can have read an article from say the “sports” section at the bottom of your screen but when you finish it, it drops you back, not at “sports” but at the top of the main screen...
One of the best apps out there IMO...
If only I could SEE it...
Fine, balanced reporting: check. Clear, grammatical, properly spelled & punctuated prose: check. (Getting hard to find in Leftpondia. Bless the Beeb.) Easy navigation: check. Customizable topics focus: check.
Readable font: not so much. I don't know what the font is called, but it makes me squint. It looks very stylish and modern; 20 years ago I might have loved it. But the sans serif font is so fine-lined as to appear pale gray on the white background, a low-contrast combination that strains the eye. I searched in vain for controls to adjust the display. I followed the app support link, but was directed to use my iPad’s controls. Well, really. I already did that and I’m still having trouble. Besides, iPad’s “smart invert” option screws up photos.
Ironically, when I read about a playground for kids with disabilities, the text display was in a nice bold white font on black ground—very high contrast and so easy to read! Now why not let me choose that all the time?
In a perfect world, I would also get to choose specific fonts (Bookerly, anyone?), foregrounds, and backgrounds. (I am fond of yellow on navy blue, but your mileage may vary.) Someday....
So, developers, you lose two whole stars for making it hard for me to use your otherwise five-star app.
- BBC Worldwide LTD
- 78.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © 2019 BBC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.