Brief - Just the news you need 4+

Quick, smart news overviews


    • 4.4 • 746 Ratings
    • Free

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Understand important news in a moment with:

• Reports written for you by real human editors
• Curated opinions from voices that matter
• Timelines that provide thorough background
• No infinite feed – just the news you need
• 100% ad-free!

News is really important, but following it can be stressful and overwhelming. Brief is a subscription news service that fits the most important news stories into the little free moments you have each day.

To do that, our team does a bunch of work to give you just the information you need to understand complex news stories. For example, every news report comes with a timeline so you can catch up with how the story developed. We also customize each report based on what you already know, so you only get the new stuff. That’s how we keep it brief without dumbing it down.

No one wants to get stuck in a bubble, so we pull together perspectives from voices that matter – politicians and experts across the spectrum – and let them speak for themselves.

If you want to take a break for a couple days, the most important stories will be waiting for you when you come back. You can pick up right where you left off.

We think you’ll love Brief, and we can’t wait for you to check it out!

What’s New

Version 3.0.0

This update removes Brief in app purchases.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
746 Ratings

746 Ratings

Big Boi Jesse ,

Just the facts. Nothing else. Brilliant.

I’ve largely avoided the news for the past 5 or so years due to the 2016 election. Mainstream media has historically been biased both from the left and right and been getting increasingly worse as what’s actually happening in world is buried under opinions and fluff. It takes far too much work nowadays to find the cold hard facts of what’s happening in America due to the great political divide we’re facing right now.

So here comes Brief that practically fixes all that. It does exactly what it says on the tin - gives you the news in a brief, concise, and effective manner. I’m also pleasantly surprised that direct quotes from key voices involved in each article are listed at the end with no meaningless fluff to sway opinions. It’s as if we’re allowed to develop our own opinion on what someone says!

On top of this all sources used to form each article are listed with links, titles are not clickbait garbage, and proper titles for each person (Dr., President, Judge, etc.) in articles are used. Is this, dare I say it, actual journalism? And it’s been so long since I’ve seen that, I’ve forgotten how it looks like. Thanks Brief.

Developer Response ,

The modern news cycle has gone into overload—so much so that smart, well intentioned folks are choosing to tune out. That's exactly why we made Brief. So, there is no higher compliment than hearing that you are tuning back into the news. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience!

Mr. Matthew R. K ,

Extremely Useful, Keeping Us Informed.

This is absolutely the best news app I have ever used. News posts are short and take maybe 30 seconds to get educated on a current topic/event. Uses only facts, but at the bottom will show you what different people who are relevant to the situation have said. That way, you are absorbing the facts, and then can see what other notable figures have said about it. This keeps bias away from the news, but also shows you what your “side” and the other “side” are saying about it.

App is extremely clean, no excess information that doesn’t need to be there. Runs incredibly smooth with no notable errors or glitches. Easy to navigate and really showcases the beauty and simplicity of an iPhone.

They are also very thoughtful with notifications. Normally they will just put up a badge, and you’ll almost never get an overt and intrusive notification. You can see what articles they are working on, and if it’s something important to you, you can change the preferences for that one news article only. You can truthfully tell that the makers and editors of this app have put an immense amount of thought into it, and it is an absolutely phenomenal experience; one that seldom is had when reading about the current political and global climate.

Thank you, Brief, for keeping me informed, and not muddying the waters with biases. I truly appreciate this service, and look forward to using it for a long, long time.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the kind review. Everyone here at Brief—editors, engineers, designers—all really do try hard to build a thoughtful news experience for our customers. So, it's incredibly rewarding to see people appreciate the love and care we put into our craft. Thank you so much for taking the time to send us such a kind note.

ashy.aspen ,

Exceptional. Factual. Brief.

Brief is honestly one of the best news apps I’ve ever used. Their “perspectives” feature breaks the filter bubble, meanwhile their “how’d we get here” section gives important context to the ever evolving world we live in.

“Perspectives” takes opinions from multiple sources including other news outlets, and puts them all in one list. You can see how different people with different opinions are viewing and thinking about the news you’re reading, something that is typically quite hard to get from one source.

Every source has its bias, but this one really doesn’t. Instead it shows the opinions of everyone else in a balanced way so that you can understand every sides view. This is a valuable feature I’ve only found on “brief”

App Privacy

The developer, Broadsheet, 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 Linked to You

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

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  • Diagnostics

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