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Ratings & Reviews

4.5
480.2K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    69%
  2. 4
    20%
  3. 3
    4%
  4. 2
    2%
  5. 1
    4%
  • 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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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Dasha Pytel
    I wish there was an option of reviewing the articles you have read, but still the app is super informative, the interface is friendly and the articles are well and professionally written
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oct 16, 2020

    By Javed Memon
    I downloaded this App thinking it will allow me to stream live news as would like to watch rather than listening to the radio service. Please give us live content to watch. Very disappointed with a BBC over this. Please work on it. As I am a hardcore viewer of BBC much better compared to other English News Channels. Thank you.
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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 7, 2020

    By Simon Pelham
    I used to enjoy this app, however the loud advertisements are awful. I'm quietly reading news and then all of a sudden I've woken up the whole house with some awful blaring music playing from an advert. Would not recommend that as a way to start the day.
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  • Oct 9, 2020

    By Stan Lonov
    Headlines often link to the wrong stories. Photos have no captions or invalid captions, poor journalism. Maps and charts fail to display. Global coverage is OK except for Africa but it's rare to see more than one new article per continent on one day.
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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

  • 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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  • Video links broken now - updated. Jun 4, 2020

    By rrrrbbb
    It seems like a change has resulted in any video within the app not being playable. This isn’t a geographic location issue as copying the link to story and opening it in Safari will result in that very same video being viewable. ETA. After a response from the app developer they indeed seem to have fixed this now. I have amended my rating to reflect this but have left the original issue posted for transparency purposes. Good job and thanks for the fix!
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  • What would I do without it? Apr 7, 2020

    By dvotchka
    Live stream often glitchy (like right NOW) ..... but overall a good app, I listen to the live feed every day and read a good many of the articles I find herein. One small glitchy problem: the app does sometimes shut down for no discernible (to me) reason. Due to the lack of international news in the US main-stream media, I rely on UK and EU news sources such as the Beeb. And I am grateful to have access.
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  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Gene Taylor
    Excellent news coverage without any major political bias, as commonly seen in American news coverage especially from that swamp of a network, Fox news!
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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
  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Dasha Pytel
    I wish there was an option of reviewing the articles you have read, but still the app is super informative, the interface is friendly and the articles are well and professionally written
    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!
    more
  • 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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  • Bugs and lagging May 29, 2020

    By bubbeleve
    I don’t usually write reviews, but I’ve had this app for about a year and all of a sudden the app now lags and bugs out every time I open it. I cannot press into videos anymore, the advertisements always block an article when I’m trying to view it, and it takes me about 30 swipes upward to get down the page. Though the news is “REAL NEWS,” some of the people writing these articles have some pretty awful spelling errors... and that’s bad-let’s be honest. I hope one of the developers or admins will see this and make the app better as it once was!
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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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  • Oct 19, 2020

    By DARRYL DSOUZA
    Good for the top headlines. But the video playback on this app is pathetic. It either plaus an ad and never plays the actual video or loads forever. Some work to be done there app developers.
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  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Kevin Sarver
    Love the coverage, hate the ads. The ads significantly reduce the experience. A dark mode would be very helpful for night reading.
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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 12, 2020

    By Hamed Vaheb
    This app is great. It just needs a dark mode to be perfect. And also an option for saving favorite news
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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
  • Oct 16, 2020

    By Javed Memon
    I downloaded this App thinking it will allow me to stream live news as would like to watch rather than listening to the radio service. Please give us live content to watch. Very disappointed with a BBC over this. Please work on it. As I am a hardcore viewer of BBC much better compared to other English News Channels. Thank you.
    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.
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  • 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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  • 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 7, 2020

    By Simon Pelham
    I used to enjoy this app, however the loud advertisements are awful. I'm quietly reading news and then all of a sudden I've woken up the whole house with some awful blaring music playing from an advert. Would not recommend that as a way to start the day.
    more
  • Oct 9, 2020

    By Stan Lonov
    Headlines often link to the wrong stories. Photos have no captions or invalid captions, poor journalism. Maps and charts fail to display. Global coverage is OK except for Africa but it's rare to see more than one new article per continent on one day.
    more
  • Oct 6, 2020

    By S K
    Full screen video ads with sound suddenly popping up makes for a bad reading experience. It is made worse that there is no way to dismiss or mute the ads immediately either. Ads play loud music dispite volume adjustments on phone.
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  • Oct 4, 2020

    By Jim McClure
    Was a good thing. Bias was easy enough to spot and ignore. Then they filled it with pop-up autoplay ads that play at full volume no matter your settings. No thanks.
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