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Ratings & Reviews

4.5
483.1K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    69+%
  2. 4
    20+%
  3. 3
    4+%
  4. 2
    2+%
  5. 1
    4+%
  • What’s up with the FedEx video ad running multiple times ? Nov 21, 2020

    By bryanu868
    I really like this app, and have used it for some time. Recently, there are many more ads, which I understand the reasons for, but in the last week or so there is a FedEx video ad embedded in many of the news stories that runs multiple times when you on the same page. If I move the page to scroll down the story, the ad runs, if I touch the screen, the ad runs... It is really irritating, and I’ve tried all the settings I can find to stop it from doing this. Is there a way to prevent it running all the time ??
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  • Nov 28, 2020

    By A Google user
    Installed app on my phone, nothings coming up no matter the internet speed or how long I wait. Used to work on my older phone Update: so the app is blocked in certain countries which doesn't make sense. Why claim to be a world news organization and your news is blocked in certain places. Even CNN is working fine in Cuba so i don't know what thebissue
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  • Very pessimistic May 1, 2018

    By Botchybear
    This app focuses mostly on the distressing news throughout the world. It repeats it ad nauseum. There is so much news out there, it would be good for this app to broaden its horizons. It gives a bit of news from the most "noisy" places (repeatedly), but fails miserably in wider coverage. If it's not bad news, this app doesn't cover it. Except of course for the little Royals. Now that's cute. The main problem that I have with it is that if you want to read one of the stories and you happen to be way down in the column on the story, when you finish reading it and go back to the column it puts you all the way back up to the top of the column instead of where you were. That is extremely frustrating have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the column where you were!!!
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  • Nov 27, 2020

    By Dancing Water
    Improved. This from a shortwave lover. I want UK news & commentary. I want world news. I want traditional real time delivery as in the past, covering current stories of actual consequence. Audio preferred. I do miss my I Player Radio, though. It helped me remain connected to the real UK.
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  • A welcome break from US Media... Nov 29, 2018

    By DaBKLYNKid
    Like all sources of News, it has its god and bad but then again that’s just what makes news what it is.......I do prefer fact oriented news which saves the writers opinion for the OPINION PAGES and I firmly believe that it is a Editor’s Duty to enforce such a policy, however today’s Media Outlets are more interested in getting a story out rather than fact checking. This condition runs rampart in the US and continues to cause great to grief. In general, folks want factual news and not ACOSTA TYPE BIAS.......whether it be directed at the Left or the Right.
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  • Live Stream is terrible Jan 31, 2020

    By KashandBiddy
    Save yourself the hassle of downloading this app. I was hopeful that the recent update would fix the live stream problems, but nope. I get about 15 minutes of broadcast and then the app pauses the stream and then ultimately crashes or hangs there expecting you to unpause it every few minutes until it finally crashes. Strangely I have had the same crashing issue of World Service on other apps too, so it is not specific to this app, but more specific to their stream, which is now no longer worth trying to listen to due to how broken it is. I know that the world wants broken up news reports instead of a proper stream though.....oh wait. I have been having this issue for over six months and no amount of bug reports has seen improvements made. Others in the reviews report the same thing and the developers clearly aren’t capable of fixing it or don’t care.
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  • Oct 11, 2020

    By A Google user
    WARNING: There are now video adverts which start playing unexpectedly when you swipe to the next story, usually accompanied by loud music. They are very alarming. Epileptics and people with heart trouble BEWARE. Videos often don't load, but the interminable adverts do. Many 'aren't available in your country'. Headline news stories can be there for days, some for weeks. Content is politically biased. I used to love this app. This updated, advert infested version is hugely disappointing.
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  • Oct 7, 2020

    By Edward R
    The app mostly works. My Team News does not display when I customize the app on my Galaxy S20 Ultra. The app says check internet connection. If you call yourself a world leader, I find it hard to take you seriously when I see lazy development such as this. Throwing fake error messages (catch all messages) that have nothing to do with the issue and in effect blaming the user/device (not cool). My Internet connection is just fine thank you. You fix your buggy app. Other than that, we good
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  • Nov 8, 2020

    By Jonny Thunder
    I have loved this app for many years however recently there have been zero links to supporting news sources, as well as many articles pertaining to statistical information pulled from outside sources and none of them were cited. This certainly lowers the credibility of BBC and I would like to see it changed.
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  • Oct 28, 2020

    By Juana Sittl
    Getting worse. 1. (Video)Ads with sounds always on autoplay! Impossible to read app unless alone. 2. Has been mentioned repeatedly: after reading an article going back to overview does not work properly - always jumps to top of list instead of to topic one was on 3. Africa as a topic often doesn't have proper articles but a feed (Africa Live) instead. Really annoying.
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  1. More personalization, better performance: your highly customized news feed, now available for offline reading
  2. Exclusive My News feature lets you select topics and stories for a custom news carousel specifically tailored to your interests
  3. Smart browsing technology suggests more news stories based on your recent views and trending events

Reviewed by Laura S on January 11, 2018

  • What’s up with the FedEx video ad running multiple times ? Nov 21, 2020

    By bryanu868
    I really like this app, and have used it for some time. Recently, there are many more ads, which I understand the reasons for, but in the last week or so there is a FedEx video ad embedded in many of the news stories that runs multiple times when you on the same page. If I move the page to scroll down the story, the ad runs, if I touch the screen, the ad runs... It is really irritating, and I’ve tried all the settings I can find to stop it from doing this. Is there a way to prevent it running all the time ??
    more
  • A welcome break from US Media... Nov 29, 2018

    By DaBKLYNKid
    Like all sources of News, it has its god and bad but then again that’s just what makes news what it is.......I do prefer fact oriented news which saves the writers opinion for the OPINION PAGES and I firmly believe that it is a Editor’s Duty to enforce such a policy, however today’s Media Outlets are more interested in getting a story out rather than fact checking. This condition runs rampart in the US and continues to cause great to grief. In general, folks want factual news and not ACOSTA TYPE BIAS.......whether it be directed at the Left or the Right.
    more
  • Oct 31, 2020

    By M. Razid Black
    Many instances of poor grammar. Quite a difference from the bbc of 5-10 years ago. I am disappointed that this remains uncorrected. Even worse is the shallowness of the articles selected for publication. Perception of topical political correctness as the primary criteria. Again, disappointing.
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  • App has recently become glitchy when scrolling please fix! Otherwise great!!! Jun 26, 2020

    By fjjdhsgsggd
    I have ben using this app for years and its my go to for news. Unfortunately about a month or two ago, it has become somewhat glitchy when scrolling, maybe because so many people are using it now? I wish they would do an update to fix that, I can usually get it to settle down if I close out the app and re-open it. But, as far as content goes, this will continue to be my preferred method for news.
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  • Good app, could be better Feb 7, 2019

    By KarateGirl22
    Tons of other reviews have touched on the pros and cons of this app, so I’ll skip right to my peeve. When I’m in an article and I swipe left to right, I want to go back to the list of articles (headlines), not the previous article in the list! I didn’t tap that article because I didn’t want to read it. I don’t want to have to tap the tiny little back arrow in the top left corner. I WANT TO SWIPE. This is a stupid design. Going article to article right to left, fine. But get me out of article hell left to right.
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  • Nov 27, 2020

    By Dancing Water
    Improved. This from a shortwave lover. I want UK news & commentary. I want world news. I want traditional real time delivery as in the past, covering current stories of actual consequence. Audio preferred. I do miss my I Player Radio, though. It helped me remain connected to the real UK.
    more
  • wrong end of day’s news. Dec 16, 2019

    By OrchidDeb
    To more knowingly be able to assess the neutrality of news reporting (which should be the gold standard), this rating should have been after one has read the day’s articles with, perhaps, a more critical eye. Also, a simple 1 through five star system is ludicrous. In reading reviews, some focused on videos, some focused on bias, some focused on layout and presentation, some focused on breadth of coverage. It is easily possible to have perfect scores in one area, and atrocious in another. Does 3 stars mean great reporting, bad video? Or perhaps it means great video, poor reporting? What does the simple 3 star rating really mean, if anything?
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  • Good perspective; annoying bug Nov 19, 2018

    By Solarbear16
    It’s nice to have a news source that has a broader perspective. I can get a variety of articles on US news, as well as a wide range of world news that’s unavailable elsewhere. Some reviewers complained that the news is “left,” but they don’t get that the rest of the world sees the current administration for what it is! However... as others have mentioned, after reading most articles, the app doesn’t return you to where you left the main page; instead it takes you back to the top, and you have to scroll back down to find your place. Annoying!
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  • Nov 11, 2020

    By Swapan Kr Chatterjee
    An exclusive edge which no electronic news media can ever imagine to even match leave alone surpassing it.... Conveying my very vert very best wishes to BBC News for its classic catering of news, views, videos, photos, and a whole of lot other features. Trust, dependability, reliability,relevance, smartness,...these words characterize what BBC is.
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  • Best news source May 19, 2020

    By HAL|9000
    Best source for to keep up with US news and news from around the world. American news sources are SO inordinately focused on domestic news and Trump-idiocy news as to be boring and repetitive. Thank you. Would normally give 5 stars, but for the frequent app crashes that have become the norm over the last few months. Multiple crashes during one viewing session of about 30-45 minutes. Suggestion: When a new version fails to work properly, go back to a previous version that DOES work. Introduce newer versions only when they’ve been properly vetted.
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  • Nov 28, 2020

    By A Google user
    Installed app on my phone, nothings coming up no matter the internet speed or how long I wait. Used to work on my older phone Update: so the app is blocked in certain countries which doesn't make sense. Why claim to be a world news organization and your news is blocked in certain places. Even CNN is working fine in Cuba so i don't know what thebissue
    more
  • Very pessimistic May 1, 2018

    By Botchybear
    This app focuses mostly on the distressing news throughout the world. It repeats it ad nauseum. There is so much news out there, it would be good for this app to broaden its horizons. It gives a bit of news from the most "noisy" places (repeatedly), but fails miserably in wider coverage. If it's not bad news, this app doesn't cover it. Except of course for the little Royals. Now that's cute. The main problem that I have with it is that if you want to read one of the stories and you happen to be way down in the column on the story, when you finish reading it and go back to the column it puts you all the way back up to the top of the column instead of where you were. That is extremely frustrating have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the column where you were!!!
    more
  • Nov 13, 2020

    By Amiya S
    In my very old android phone(Samsung Tab3 Lite7.0, of 2014) the BBC have installed their newest version (of 2020). In my new android phone (Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro, of 2019) the BBC have installed their old (probably the oldest) (of 2015) version. My several attempts have failed to download the latest version in both of the phones. As a result, quality of the transmissions that I get vary widely.......I can not avoid the poor transmissions, disruptions in listening continue.
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  • Nov 4, 2020

    By Musa Amir
    Good app.. Some errors but all in all good.. But I think it's time for every app to have a dark mode. I usually want to read news at night before going to sleep and I can't read it with this bright app. Hence requesting a dark mode
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  • No “good news” Nov 25, 2018

    By tastybento
    The app itself is fine, but the stories are mostly negative angles on events or just plain negative events. For example, vandalism, deadly accidents, murders, hate crimes, etc. Politics comes in for it too where there are no positive stories on what the various leaders or governments around the world are doing, only negative or neutral ones. Unless you have a bulletproof psyche, the written content will get you down. Best to stick to the one-minute news video and just get the headlines. No wonder young people don’t bother with the news because it’s so depressing if you only read it from this app.
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  • Oct 7, 2020

    By Edward R
    The app mostly works. My Team News does not display when I customize the app on my Galaxy S20 Ultra. The app says check internet connection. If you call yourself a world leader, I find it hard to take you seriously when I see lazy development such as this. Throwing fake error messages (catch all messages) that have nothing to do with the issue and in effect blaming the user/device (not cool). My Internet connection is just fine thank you. You fix your buggy app. Other than that, we good
    more
  • Nov 8, 2020

    By Jonny Thunder
    I have loved this app for many years however recently there have been zero links to supporting news sources, as well as many articles pertaining to statistical information pulled from outside sources and none of them were cited. This certainly lowers the credibility of BBC and I would like to see it changed.
    more
  • Oct 28, 2020

    By Juana Sittl
    Getting worse. 1. (Video)Ads with sounds always on autoplay! Impossible to read app unless alone. 2. Has been mentioned repeatedly: after reading an article going back to overview does not work properly - always jumps to top of list instead of to topic one was on 3. Africa as a topic often doesn't have proper articles but a feed (Africa Live) instead. Really annoying.
    more
  • Nov 27, 2020

    By Eddie Cooper
    Great news, but the auto playing video ads crash the app more often than not. A workaround is to turn the internet off before the ads in the articles load, but come on BBC.
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  • Live Stream is terrible Jan 31, 2020

    By KashandBiddy
    Save yourself the hassle of downloading this app. I was hopeful that the recent update would fix the live stream problems, but nope. I get about 15 minutes of broadcast and then the app pauses the stream and then ultimately crashes or hangs there expecting you to unpause it every few minutes until it finally crashes. Strangely I have had the same crashing issue of World Service on other apps too, so it is not specific to this app, but more specific to their stream, which is now no longer worth trying to listen to due to how broken it is. I know that the world wants broken up news reports instead of a proper stream though.....oh wait. I have been having this issue for over six months and no amount of bug reports has seen improvements made. Others in the reviews report the same thing and the developers clearly aren’t capable of fixing it or don’t care.
    more
  • Oct 11, 2020

    By A Google user
    WARNING: There are now video adverts which start playing unexpectedly when you swipe to the next story, usually accompanied by loud music. They are very alarming. Epileptics and people with heart trouble BEWARE. Videos often don't load, but the interminable adverts do. Many 'aren't available in your country'. Headline news stories can be there for days, some for weeks. Content is politically biased. I used to love this app. This updated, advert infested version is hugely disappointing.
    more
  • New update is not good Oct 4, 2020

    By young_hyson
    I gave it awhile to try and get used to the new ui but it’s just worse. I mostly have just used my news and the tabs are terrible. I got so much information quickly by seeing very small pictures and headlines grouped by custom topic. Now I have to do so much more scrolling and swiping. Often my screen is consumed ENTIRELY BY 2 STORY PREVIEWS while scrolling through the latest news. I don’t need preview pictures that large! Lastly the ads always seem to render after the content has loaded and there is no placeholder for the unloaded ad, creating an obnoxious shift in content once the ad loads and takes up pixel space. Please do something
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  • Nov 25, 2020

    By Alexander Lee
    BBC has recently implemented unskippable fullscreen ads. That severely disrupts your reading experience. I get that ads are vital for revenue but to do this is just a real quick way to piss off readers.
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