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4.5
473.6K+ Ratings
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  • Great app but has an annoying feature Feb 12, 2019

    By DaveyRavey79
    Great quality news with customized news feeds. As an expat in the USA it’s good to get more worldly news. But it has a small yet annoying thing. When you are reading an article and go back to the news listing you are sent back to the top of list. This is annoying as you have to then scroll all the way back to where you were. I’ve used many other news app and none have this and returns you to the place you were before. Not major but wish they would fix it
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  • Jul 3, 2020

    By Peter Zuidema
    It took me a while to find a news app with real journalistic content (not blindly copied from other unverified news posts) with a true independent and unbiased view and preference. It is a huge add that the BBC journalists in all the major articles readdress what has been going on with clear, correct reporting to prevent popularism and mixup with any incorrect posts. Their own fact checking team is a solid addition to the news reporting as well. So, in the end, I landed on the BBC news.
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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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  • 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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  • Jul 21, 2020

    By Pure Nihilism
    Great app. Works well and the news are in the typical good BBC style. I don't watch videos on it cause I really prefer to read and I hope the video content won't get more. Went from 5 to 4 stars. Don't know why not all articles are on the app, some open in the app but on my browser, that slows it down plus I always have stuff in my browser history that's not supposed to be there. If I wanna have covid news in its history I'd use my browser, not an app.
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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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  • Jul 15, 2020

    By KT KR
    I've been using the BBC app since the first time i got a smartphone and through all these years it's been one of my go to apps for news. Over the years the in-app advertisements have been increasing and they weren't much of a problem and they were tolerable. However, these ads have become more intrusive in nature and they are linked to shopping apps that I use, added to this are the full screen pop-up ads that I can't close. This was the last straw, bye bye BBC I won't be missing you.
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  • Jul 21, 2020

    By Sally
    Last update keeps causing the BBC app to crash or not open up entirely. My phone is the newest of the Blackberry (Keytwo) that I just bought back in December so the problem not how old my Android is. On a side note, BBC has been a little disappointing lately. The style of journalism changed sometime within the last year or two and now they have a very subjective writing style that I find distasteful.
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  • Jul 2, 2020

    By MotoWanderer
    I've been using BBC app for the past 8 years and in 8 years they haven't managed to make a simple app that actually works. On iPhone, it would freeze, would update stories, and crash. On Android it's even worse, everytime you read an article and go back it takes you to the top of the start screen. The content is why I put up with it but the app is beyond garbage.
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  • Jun 22, 2020

    By B S
    I don't think I've ever encountered any app developer that works so diligently to break their own app. Now the last 4 tiles in the widget don't load and the corresponding stories in the main app are blank. This is very similar to a problem from several years ago. Well done BBC! You recreated history! No doubt this is one of the "regular improvements to the BBC News app" that they speak of.
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Reviewed by Laura S on January 11, 2018

  • Great app but has an annoying feature Feb 12, 2019

    By DaveyRavey79
    Great quality news with customized news feeds. As an expat in the USA it’s good to get more worldly news. But it has a small yet annoying thing. When you are reading an article and go back to the news listing you are sent back to the top of list. This is annoying as you have to then scroll all the way back to where you were. I’ve used many other news app and none have this and returns you to the place you were before. Not major but wish they would fix it
    more
  • Jul 3, 2020

    By Peter Zuidema
    It took me a while to find a news app with real journalistic content (not blindly copied from other unverified news posts) with a true independent and unbiased view and preference. It is a huge add that the BBC journalists in all the major articles readdress what has been going on with clear, correct reporting to prevent popularism and mixup with any incorrect posts. Their own fact checking team is a solid addition to the news reporting as well. So, in the end, I landed on the BBC news.
    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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  • 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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  • Jul 19, 2020

    By Alberto Vargas
    This app is well structured, easy to use and keep me well informed of what is happening around the world. I like the main page with its breaking news ticker. It's also nice the fact that you can swipe right to left to move the story bar in the individual areas. Definitely my favourite news app.
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  • 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?
    more
  • Jul 21, 2020

    By Pure Nihilism
    Great app. Works well and the news are in the typical good BBC style. I don't watch videos on it cause I really prefer to read and I hope the video content won't get more. Went from 5 to 4 stars. Don't know why not all articles are on the app, some open in the app but on my browser, that slows it down plus I always have stuff in my browser history that's not supposed to be there. If I wanna have covid news in its history I'd use my browser, not an app.
    more
  • 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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  • Jul 9, 2020

    By Derek
    Pros: Good journalism, balanced viewpoints, ads are not intrusive. Images can be individually zoomed, which is appreciated. Cons: Coverage tends to be northern hemisphere focussed. Not much from Africa or South America. Some articles are web links, which sometimes lead to insightful articles, but generally are much more superficial than their titles suggest...hence a waste of time (and slow to load). Delete a star for that. Too many videos without meaningful journalism text.
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  • Jul 13, 2020

    By Juan Claudio
    I have always enjoyed the BBC and having this app while traveling allows me to review the top stories as I go. If I want to dig deeper to read more stories, I can. I only had regret early on when I was unable to view videos on this app. It required another app to do so, but that was solved easily.
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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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  • 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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  • Some issues Jan 9, 2018

    By Jkegs.
    Great reporting. This is my goto source, but I have some qualms. The biggest is the annoying tendency of the app to refresh to the top of the page whenever it wants as I’m scrolling through and reading various stories. By the time I get to the end I’ve had to find my place again several times. 2nd issue is that sometimes I come across articles that are a couple sentences long with no real plot or story. No video or links either. Just strange and somewhat frustrating when I start to read it because it sounds like an interesting topic.
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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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  • Jun 27, 2020

    By Jagmeet Singh
    Rating the app 3 stars because the advertisements on the app have become more intrusive. Ads blocking the entire screen, shown multiple times on a news article and on the news feed are just some examples where intrusive advertisement has degraded my experience when reading news on the app. A feature that feels almost necessary in current times when we stare at screens for long periods is the 'Dark Mode/Theme'. White background of the app puts additional strain on the eyes. Consider adding it
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  • Jul 21, 2020

    By Sally
    Last update keeps causing the BBC app to crash or not open up entirely. My phone is the newest of the Blackberry (Keytwo) that I just bought back in December so the problem not how old my Android is. On a side note, BBC has been a little disappointing lately. The style of journalism changed sometime within the last year or two and now they have a very subjective writing style that I find distasteful.
    more
  • Jul 26, 2020

    By Syeda Shahana
    I mostly use the app for sports update. The live update for football keeps going to light mode which is utter useless. One has to try 100 times before it switches back to normal, useable mode. Very bemusing and frustrating.
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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
  • Jul 15, 2020

    By KT KR
    I've been using the BBC app since the first time i got a smartphone and through all these years it's been one of my go to apps for news. Over the years the in-app advertisements have been increasing and they weren't much of a problem and they were tolerable. However, these ads have become more intrusive in nature and they are linked to shopping apps that I use, added to this are the full screen pop-up ads that I can't close. This was the last straw, bye bye BBC I won't be missing you.
    more
  • Jul 2, 2020

    By MotoWanderer
    I've been using BBC app for the past 8 years and in 8 years they haven't managed to make a simple app that actually works. On iPhone, it would freeze, would update stories, and crash. On Android it's even worse, everytime you read an article and go back it takes you to the top of the start screen. The content is why I put up with it but the app is beyond garbage.
    more
  • Jun 22, 2020

    By B S
    I don't think I've ever encountered any app developer that works so diligently to break their own app. Now the last 4 tiles in the widget don't load and the corresponding stories in the main app are blank. This is very similar to a problem from several years ago. Well done BBC! You recreated history! No doubt this is one of the "regular improvements to the BBC News app" that they speak of.
    more
  • Jul 28, 2020

    By Ugo De Maio
    Good layout and user options - real shame that every time my tablet rotates, I systematically loose track of where I was browsing through my news feed. This is very irritating unfortunately - please consider fixing in future releases thanks. A night mode (dark interface) would be great too for night time reading !
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