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4.5
489.3K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    70+%
  2. 4
    20+%
  3. 3
    4+%
  4. 2
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  • 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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  • Feb 10, 2021

    By Karle Bee
    I live the UI and organization of the app! I haven't personally had any technical issues since downloading it a couple weeks ago and the news is always up to date. The only reason why I give the app 4/5 stars is due to the fact that there's no way to save or bookmark articles if I want to read them later. It would definitely be a 5-star app if this were to be added in a future update!
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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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  • Feb 12, 2021

    By Ram Teja Maddala
    Authentic news. Great UX. Found just one glitch. I use a widget in home screen. When I place the widget for 1st time, I can see the news in it properly. However, after some days or when I restart my phone or may be some other cases, it just remains with the text "Loading..." and nothing loads ever. I need to remove the widget and again place it, for viewing any news in it. Wish the widget refreshed automatically or at least had a refresh button. Until then, the widget doesn't seem viable.
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  • Feb 18, 2021

    By J J
    Dunno why I updated the app. Was earlier working fine. Now when scrolling down, the text goes missing every once in a while. Have to scroll up again to find the missing text. Irritating as the end of paragraphs are when one scrolls down but then that to be read part goes missing. Hope an update is coming soon. Eagerly checking every time. Please do something. I read the longform stories. This makes it hell. Otherwise the app was perfectly fine for what it did.
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  • Feb 3, 2021

    By Andrew Harvey
    The advertisements that block out a whole page, when you scroll through an article and the text disappears leaving just the ad are extremely frustrating. We all understand that advertising is an income stream that helps news sites operate, but this is obstructive and must surely be detrimental to the purposes of the advertiser.
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  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Jallenco
    Over time BBC convinced me it is a conservative leaning news outlet in the States, often publishing articles favorable to the Republican propaganda. We already have a garbage propaganda media, we don't need more junk. As such, deleted app and gave it 1 star for total shameless failure of neutrality. Again i do not support neo natzi republican garbage bbc is peddling. Be gone, dissappear.
    more
  • Buggy & Advertising Issues Dec 24, 2020

    By MrRawrz
    When scrolling through articles, they will stack on top of each other occasionally and make it nearly impossible to click an article. Even worse are the advertisements. Previously they just slowed down the app to almost unusable rates. Now videos will automatically open without me clicking them as soon as they are scrolled into view, which I’m sure is against some rules somewhere. I even checked my app options and I have videos set to NOT auto open and to NOT auto play. You all really need to figure out your advertising problems in the app.
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  • Poor performance Jun 21, 2020

    By nickname.doCreate
    App is becoming increasingly halting and jumpy to scroll, to the point where controlling position is quite difficult and frustrating. An increasing number of stories aren’t actually ready to view when chosen, resulting in the dreaded “Loading …” status. There is no way to tell prior to choosing to read the article whether it’s one of them. I would gladly avoid them, were there a badge to warn of this or an option to omit them from the list. The “starting at the top of the list” problem when returning from a story greatly magnifies the frustration.
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  • Feb 9, 2021

    By Ho Se Huang
    I shouldn't see ads from an inefficent governor who spends piblic funds to advertise his inefficency on this "reputable" medium. I will reconsider my rating when I stop seeing ads altogether. I keep from deleting the app altogether, merely because I cross-reference news from around the world. I would expect more from BBC News
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  1. More personalization, better performance: your highly customized news feed, now available for offline reading
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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.
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  • Jan 21, 2021

    By Charles Sule
    Great news app. I never have a problem getting the updates when I'm not on wifi. Sometimes I can't get anything on the CNN app, but BBC never fails. They cover current events from the UK perspective, of course, but they have a global focus on science & technology,p music and the arts, and interesting features. There are also specialty features, both in print and video, which focus on non-subjects
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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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  • Feb 11, 2021

    By afra muzammil
    Good app. Simple interface. However, the widget doesn't get updated with the latest news. Need to open the app to load the latest news. Also, BBC needs to improve on the proof-reading of their news articles. Lots of grammatical and spelling errors noted.
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  • Feb 10, 2021

    By Karle Bee
    I live the UI and organization of the app! I haven't personally had any technical issues since downloading it a couple weeks ago and the news is always up to date. The only reason why I give the app 4/5 stars is due to the fact that there's no way to save or bookmark articles if I want to read them later. It would definitely be a 5-star app if this were to be added in a future update!
    more
  • Feb 12, 2021

    By Ram Teja Maddala
    Authentic news. Great UX. Found just one glitch. I use a widget in home screen. When I place the widget for 1st time, I can see the news in it properly. However, after some days or when I restart my phone or may be some other cases, it just remains with the text "Loading..." and nothing loads ever. I need to remove the widget and again place it, for viewing any news in it. Wish the widget refreshed automatically or at least had a refresh button. Until then, the widget doesn't seem viable.
    more
  • Feb 18, 2021

    By J J
    Dunno why I updated the app. Was earlier working fine. Now when scrolling down, the text goes missing every once in a while. Have to scroll up again to find the missing text. Irritating as the end of paragraphs are when one scrolls down but then that to be read part goes missing. Hope an update is coming soon. Eagerly checking every time. Please do something. I read the longform stories. This makes it hell. Otherwise the app was perfectly fine for what it did.
    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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  • 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
  • Dec 22, 2020

    By Guido Motshagen
    Much news is totally superfluous on the main page. Doesn't cover anything outside England enough - if at all. Doesn't deserve the first "B" anymore, change it to "E" for England. Brexit news is a good example how the Guardian beats the Beeb to better coverage. Come on BBC, I've always been friend, not foe, and I used to use you as an example of good news coverage ťo students and my team. Please WORK on a comeback, you still have a reputation to uphold.
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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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  • Feb 11, 2021

    By Lucas Cain
    Great place for text news bad place to watch videos on said reports. Flash players been hitbox miss since I started using the app 4 years ago. Cant watch clips or segments only plays ads then nothing. Cant rotate the scream without it breaking. Great place for news tho
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  • Biased Dec 23, 2018

    By witchparker
    I love the international coverage but the US coverage is very one sided. Recent example: The Trump administration have repeatable said his withdraw of troops is not a “Mission Accomplished” situation and the fight against ISIS has entered a new era. While I don’t like the decision, you keep saying he said they he said the fight is over. He said the caliphate ie the “country” of ISIS is defeated. His point is, and you know this is that they are going to be like Al Ciada, and the Taliban, still dangerous, but still there but a shadow of themselves, but you keep saying/implying Trump said it’s all over. You are misrepresenting, on purpose what he Said!
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  • Feb 3, 2021

    By Andrew Harvey
    The advertisements that block out a whole page, when you scroll through an article and the text disappears leaving just the ad are extremely frustrating. We all understand that advertising is an income stream that helps news sites operate, but this is obstructive and must surely be detrimental to the purposes of the advertiser.
    more
  • Buggy & Advertising Issues Dec 24, 2020

    By MrRawrz
    When scrolling through articles, they will stack on top of each other occasionally and make it nearly impossible to click an article. Even worse are the advertisements. Previously they just slowed down the app to almost unusable rates. Now videos will automatically open without me clicking them as soon as they are scrolled into view, which I’m sure is against some rules somewhere. I even checked my app options and I have videos set to NOT auto open and to NOT auto play. You all really need to figure out your advertising problems in the app.
    more
  • Poor performance Jun 21, 2020

    By nickname.doCreate
    App is becoming increasingly halting and jumpy to scroll, to the point where controlling position is quite difficult and frustrating. An increasing number of stories aren’t actually ready to view when chosen, resulting in the dreaded “Loading …” status. There is no way to tell prior to choosing to read the article whether it’s one of them. I would gladly avoid them, were there a badge to warn of this or an option to omit them from the list. The “starting at the top of the list” problem when returning from a story greatly magnifies the frustration.
    more
  • Scrolls back to top after you read an article Apr 29, 2020

    By Newest newer
    When you read an article then go back to the home page, sometimes the app will go back to where you were on the home page. Other times when you read, and go back to the home page, it will scroll back to the very top; it’s very frustrating when you were reading an article near the bottom of the home page, and you have to scroll all the way to the bottom again to read the next article, and find where you left off on the home page.
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  • Works well, though it has its quirks. Apr 21, 2020

    By Nathan Christopher
    The app is a bit of a mess. It frequently gets unstable and scrolling becomes intolerably jumpy. Restarting the app helps for a little while. It also has a number of odd quirks: It has a habit of sending you to the top of a given list of stories when navigating back to the list from a given story, which is frustrating when you are trying to work through a list but don't want to read everything. It also has the occasional habit of sending you to random list/stories when you tap on a story.
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  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Jallenco
    Over time BBC convinced me it is a conservative leaning news outlet in the States, often publishing articles favorable to the Republican propaganda. We already have a garbage propaganda media, we don't need more junk. As such, deleted app and gave it 1 star for total shameless failure of neutrality. Again i do not support neo natzi republican garbage bbc is peddling. Be gone, dissappear.
    more
  • Feb 9, 2021

    By Ho Se Huang
    I shouldn't see ads from an inefficent governor who spends piblic funds to advertise his inefficency on this "reputable" medium. I will reconsider my rating when I stop seeing ads altogether. I keep from deleting the app altogether, merely because I cross-reference news from around the world. I would expect more from BBC News
    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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  • The recent update ruined the app usability Nov 17, 2020

    By UW0tM80
    I don’t really mind the change in the interface, but whenever I try to navigate every 5 seconds or so, it keeps on opening full screen ads to the point it’s unusable. It has so much ads that I two full screen ads taking over my screen on top of one another. Ad videos are auto playing in full screen video player and unskippable full screen ads also pop out on opening articles. Reading news now feels like playing a children’s mobile game drenched with ads. I cannot recommend this to anyone if this doesn’t get fixed.
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  • Astounding Nov 27, 2019

    By non offensive nickname
    This app functions nicely, if the intent is to publish op/ed columns under the guise of actual journalism. Objectivity and tolerance are both words that have been lost from the English language... most notably BBC’s NA & political editor. Truly amazing, objective articles can be found scrolling through science, astronomy, physics, and archaeology categories. And many others. But the US and NA news makes no attempt to present an unbiased fact based article. See: PROPAGANDA definition... information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
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