SmartNews

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SmartNews review

Professional Critic
Alise Green

SmartNews review

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The vast majority of news applications that I tested provide information with a specific slant. That’s why I decided to find a reliable news aggregator that could deliver news and opinions upon the most important stories in a single application. It didn’t take long, because the SmartNews app is one of the most demanded applications in the News category of both App Store (#8 in News)  and Play Market. Let’s figure out why it is so popular. 

Key Features

SmartNews is a lightweight application (just 27.5MB) that doesn’t relate to a specific news agency. There are no staff journalists and reporters because this application uses unique algorithms to collect breaking news headlines from all over the world. If you are a USA citizen, you can use this app to read news from Yahoo (News & Finance), MSNBC, Time, USA Today, Quartz, Reuters, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, The Verge, and hundreds of others. It means that you can form your own point of view on issues by reading and comparing approaches of left (CNN), right (Fox News), and mostly unbiased (Reuters) sources. Such a blend of sources makes SmartNews one of the most unbiased news hubs on the market.

Moreover, the list of sources is constantly growing. SmartNews Inc. also has separate services for other countries of America, Europe, and Asia. You don’t have to adjust the app. Just download it, activate geolocation, and receive all top headlines in your native language wherever you are. 

Though SmartNews provides reports from more than 300 USA publishers, it’s not difficult to find what you need due to a friendly interface. At the top of the screen, you can switch between such category tabs, as Top Headlines, Politics, Sports, Technology, and Social. The last one is for your Twitter account. Connect it to the app to have direct access to the most popular stories from your tweet-feed. You can adjust this bar by adding and removing categories. You can even choose particular publishers and hubs like National Geographic and Vox to place them in this bar. 

Viewing of news has two regimes. The first one allows you to read stories directly on the website of a publisher, while the “smart” mode turns all articles into a minimalistic format. It makes all fonts black (if they are not) and fits the size to the most readable. It also takes away all advertisement blocks (for free!) All pages in this mode load much faster, so you may be sure to save a lot of your mobile traffic. This feature looks a lot like the Reader regime in the iOS Safari browser. All these features make SmartNews application the most comprehensive news hub that can provide both local and international scope. 

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