SmartNews: Local Breaking News APK

Version 8.29.0 -
Last updated: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 1:56:01 UTC

SmartNews: Local Breaking News apk

APP Information

Download Version 8.29.0 (1000490)
Apk Size26.84 MB
App DeveloperSoThree, Inc.
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android5.0 and up

Download SmartNews: Local Breaking News 8.29.0 APK

App Description

SmartNews: Local Breaking News is gocro,smartnews,android,news,magazines, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 4 by 16 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit SoThree, Inc. website who developed it. apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 5.0 and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 8.29.0 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 308557+ times on store. You can also download APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

SmartNews is the award-winning news app downloaded by 40+ million readers in 100+ countries!

SmartNews analyzes millions of articles every day to deliver the top trending news stories influencing the world right now.

SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.


“Browse headlines quickly, customize your channels and read the news offline. SmartNews is an excellent free alternative to other popular news apps.” 


Breaking News --
Notifications for breaking news headlines.

Smart Mode -- 
Readability mode for optimal news reading experience.

Offline News Reading -- 
Fetch trending news and read it offline.


Awarded Best News App:
- Best App of the Year, 2013 (Japan) - Google 

App ChangeLog

  • - General improvements to make sure we provide the news that matters to you.
  • - New channels include Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo Lifestyle.

App Screens

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precise location (GPS and network-based)
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view network connections
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view Wi-Fi connections
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Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.

full network access
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run at startup
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control vibration
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prevent phone from sleeping
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receive data from Internet
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  1. popawcritter-avatar



    From 5 star app to 1 star, way to go.... When I started using this app it was great. Over time it got more and more bloated, plastered with ads and no longer being able to select the sources. I think this last update is the straw that breaks the camel's back. I do not like the new look at all. I have used this app since it came out but I'm off to find greener pastures, the app has lost everything that made it stand out from any other news portal.

  2. DadaMonk Thereian-avatar

    DadaMonk Thereian


    Keeps going downhill. This used to be the best news app out there. Now all the forced adds you can't close until timer runs down, make it almost unusable. You already mix adds in with articles then force MORE ADDS on top of that..RIDICULOUS! Suggestion you wanted: Don't add a timers to adds. That just pisses people off. Don't act like this is an acceptable alternative to a subscription fee. Good luck trying to charge one to view other news source's articles.

  3. Donna Lucier-avatar

    Donna Lucier


    The update yesterday changed the display format. It now uses giant pinterest-style photos with each headline. In the space which would have shown 4 to 5 headlines with thumbnail photo, it now will display only one article headline with a massive photo. What an inefficient manner of displaying the news! There is no option within the settings to change the view to the old list-style display. It is much, much less visually comfortable to browse the news.

  4. Luke Cowie-avatar

    Luke Cowie


    The ads are minimal (make your money, booboo) But I originally downloaded the app because I thought it cast a wide net of views, but it feels like its just giving me more of what I regularly click on. Still, I get enough to feel tired of the world, which is really all I want from a news app anyway. Good job, persons.

  5. Ken Bowes-avatar

    Ken Bowes


    Seems to be excellent... Since my original review, some of the news options come out of left field (crazy). Also when reviewing articles, nonsense symbols show up in the body of text, sometimes making it unreadable. e.g. "eadquarters’“Trump Store,�" So, lose a star on the rating scale.

  6. Droid Drone-avatar

    Droid Drone


    Updating my 2020-09-21 review. It just gets WORSE! So now not only are the full page ads appearing at random, but now if you pick a notification to see an article, you not only get SMACKED IN THE FACE with a full page ad, but when you finally get past the ad, you never get to see the article from the notification! Yup, instead you get dumped into the SmartNews main page then MOAR ADS! Stay away from this garbage app.

  7. Chance Parker-avatar

    Chance Parker


    Nothing more than another liberal platform. Even if you take out all the articles from obviously biased news such as the Huffington post or Babylon bee, your left with left wing propaganda. Most of the articles get so sidetracked trying to slam conservatives they forget what their even reporting on. Great platform if your a liberal, horrible if you lie anywhere else on the political spectrum.

  8. Kolya McCleave-avatar

    Kolya McCleave


    This app used to be incredible. I enjoyed being able efficiently scroll headlines and find articles of interest. I found out today the top news section has been converted to a new format which does not allow efficient scrolling of headlines and makes it not an app of use to me anymore. I am uninstalling it. Thanks for providing my favorite app, but it is not a good app anymore now has no value to me over regular news apps. Sad to see such a good app destroyed by mindless changes.

  9. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I really like this app can pick just the news I want to see. Often find myself reading things I never would see on commercial news. But it sorely needs a search feature. took 10 minutes to hunt through everything to find a specific article I was looking for. ,,,,,Revised. I liked this app. Now they force you to watch commercial ads that you can not override you have to shut the app off and restart to clear it. Greedy bastards at work again.

  10. Dave Bauer-avatar

    Dave Bauer


    Loved the App, but the new "top" page format is annoying. It prioritizates the picture associated with the article over the headline/copy. This makes browsing the articles harder. Please revert back or create an option. I was a multi times day user, who finds it now difficult and unappealing.

  11. Renee Nunya-avatar

    Renee Nunya


    The push notifications only show a portion of the headline and a big ass picture. I don't care about the picture, I want to see the headline fully without having to click the article to find out it was about something stupid. I'm busy! Make this user friendly by giving the option to show images in my status bar or the entire headline!

  12. Greg Morgan-avatar

    Greg Morgan


    I used to love smartnews. I've been a several-times-a-day user for several years. The new update was a double whammy of disappointment. My biggest complaint: new auto-refresh. I read an article and go back to THE TOP of a scrambled list that filled up with new articles. Deal-breaker! A manual refresh would be great. My second complaint is how aggressive the ads have become. Please fix the auto refresh! I know I'll get a canned response, but I'm not alone here!

  13. Rob Shaw-avatar

    Rob Shaw


    Disappointed with the new intrusive full-screen ads. It's also become much more glitchy lately. It crashes multiple times per day. I also don't like that it asks you to update the app. It's enough to let Google Play inform me when an update is available. Can you imagine if EVERY app bugged you to update itself on a regular basis? I'm actively looking for an alternative to Smartnews now. They're losing me!

  14. Joseph Guthrie-avatar

    Joseph Guthrie


    Freezes up on a regular basis. The stories are frequently not up to date. A news story that is 5 or more days old is not breaking news. Many times when you click on a story, there is no story. And just reading the reviews, frequently there will be a 'response' from Nate or Nathan saying the exact same thing as the previous review or the next review. Tabloid "news" from Great Britain is not news.

  15. Mike G-avatar

    Mike G


    Meh. I like the what this app is trying to do.. But like most news apps these days, this one provides mostly left leaning articles. Also, it has some bugs to work out. Occasionally it will show an article I'm interested in, however just as I attempt to click on it, the screen refreshes and it disappears. I wish it had more flexibility in choosing more preferable news sources.

  16. Brandon Fowler-avatar

    Brandon Fowler


    Please stop with the annoying updates. The Top news articles are now massive. Each one takes up half the screen. I used to be able to see all of the top news quickly. This is just a tactic to keep you using the app longer. Frustrated. I'm uninstalling and side-loading an older version.

  17. Brent Frankland-avatar

    Brent Frankland


    Needs more international options, not biased just to the US. Also, the update is not user friendly. Everytime one goes to the next category it automatically goes back to the beginning of the previous, not back to where one leaves off from. Unnecessary scrolling.

  18. john f.-avatar

    john f.


    News is great, but what's killed this app for me is full page ad that refuse to close down. I understand the need for ads, but when you take over my phone that's a deal breaker. 10/20/2020--it seems better so far but only time will tell. 10/22/20--Today all was going well until ads for candy crush popped up and refused to clear. Had to shut down app. Only fix is to uninstall app.

  19. David Buchanan-avatar

    David Buchanan


    Good general news app, can access news sources to users preferences. Would like fewer ads that tend to popup. Continues to be my go to source for news. Some news sources ask for tracking, which is annoying. Last update crashes and crashes, please find a solution!

  20. Jozef Sisemore-avatar

    Jozef Sisemore


    My main issue currently is that every few articles I open, an ad pops up. The ad itself isn't the issue, but that when I close out of the ad, it takes me to the home page, and not to the article that I clicked on. And then I either don't have time to look for the article, or can't find it and have to Google the bits of the headline I remember reading. Like I said, I don't mind the ads, but can you make it where it doesn't go back to the homepage please?

  21. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I like the wide variety of Topics and subject matters. I have recommended this app too many of my friends and family. I used to use Flipboard but that app kept crashing, it was very frustrating. So I am very happy to have found SmartNews and usually view it daily. Update: 7/16/20 I still use Smart News on a daily basis but it now constantly crashes which I'm not happy about. I have done the updates and that doesn't seem to help! They need to fix this annoying Problem. Update: I never heard back!

  22. Tiffany Quick-avatar

    Tiffany Quick


    I used to love this news app as my main source of information and updated articles, but the pop up ads are just too much. It's to the point that I went from using it multiple times a day to maybe every other day now. It used to be a great source of well balanced news reporting from all different sources, but not there are more ad style articles mixed in since the last couple of updates that are not always labeled as such. Please fix it or I'm deleting this.

  23. Grey Clem-avatar

    Grey Clem


    The past few updates have sent this app down Hill Hill. There's yet to be implementation of the ability to filter out certain sources. The ads have become very intrusive and are difficult to close. They're already ads mixed into the news articles I don't see why they need to use pop-ups as well and then make it difficult to close the pop-up. Sometimes I have to exit the app to close the ad. Last time I gave this app 4 stars now it's a 2 and I am highly considering getting rid of it.

  24. Waylon Swartz-avatar

    Waylon Swartz


    The new is great and constantly updated. I would have given it 5 stars but for a few minor but irritating issues. For instance, sometimes when done with an article and you hit the back button to return to the new feed you are redirected to a full screen add where the close out "X" ends up being over the news refresh button. Good luck stopping that refresh and say goodbye to that other article you wanted to read next. Overall, it is a good site and one of the best I've found.

  25. Bill Scully-avatar

    Bill Scully


    Sucks, pop-up ads are annoying and make the news articles impossible to read. Very distracting. I have tried to use it several times and I don't mind the ads but I do mind them interfering with the screen size location and bumping what I'm reading for trying to view into another region which makes them nearly impossible but difficult to locate. As soon as I finish writing this I'm removing the app. Rethink the way it displays its information and advertising! Does not work well with Android.

  26. Toccara McCoy-avatar

    Toccara McCoy


    I think the app could have been great if there was a better spread of viewpoints served up as "News." I am SHOCKED at the level of bias that is served up as News through this medium. Moreover, what is considered "Breaking News" is not News at all. It is clearly a cloaked attempt to ensure readers take in a certain narrative on ANY particular topic. Just run through the list of "Top" News. The headlines are outrageous!

  27. Gary Guillie-avatar

    Gary Guillie


    Just got the new version. Don't like the big images. Go back to the small images. And you need an option for "no images" on initial screens. It is a waste of bandwidth to show images, 99% which I don't want to see.

  28. Jean Ferlesch-avatar

    Jean Ferlesch


    Smart news is useful for a quick wide range of stories. I hope the news organizations posting stuff are fact checking as in real journalism. THere is alot of that click bait content but it's easy to discern so no prob. I like that it continually posts the latest info so its current.

  29. Jenny Owen-avatar

    Jenny Owen


    I liked this app a lot better before it became a political echo chamber and filled with not-so-credible "news" sources. Too bad... It was my absolute favorite when it was truly top trending news sources from around the world reflecting many perspectives... and primarily from respected news sources. And now with all the forced advertising... Im thinking of uninstalling. Too bad!

  30. S. Blackwolf-avatar

    S. Blackwolf


    Ads at the WRONG TIME. Every time I open the app to read news, I barely get done reading an article and suddenly there's an ad. I always close and reopen the app when that happens because I'm not trying to watch ads. I'm trying to read the news. Not even having an X at the top to get out of the ad is a bad move. The auto refresh is very annoying as well. I'm trying to read the news I've missed. I'm very close to uninstalling this app.

  31. Tonya Grigg-avatar

    Tonya Grigg


    Go back 2 versions and start again. This update did NOT fix the refresh-jumping-after-reading-an-article issue. Keep losing my place after reading an article, which makes the experience annoyingly painful, to the point that I no longer want to use. It's not as prominent as in the prior version, but it's a little more jerky this time. This seems to only happens with older phones. Newer phone works just fine. I did send an email, received only an automated, email response. Ads are too frequent 5s!

  32. Michael Allen-avatar

    Michael Allen


    While I do like the layout, that is about all I can say that's positive. Crashes and freezing are the norm and have been for months. I have had it literally crash multiple times while filling out a crash report. Unstable beta level software. Also note that the reviews that complain about this going back months or more all contain a standard boiler plate response, kinda gives you a clue.

  33. Jayson Gayle-avatar

    Jayson Gayle


    I seem to click on this app first each time I am hunting for news. There are plenty of tabs that help focus on the topics you enjoy most. The sources seem to be fairly centered with a slight lean to the left, but in today's world it's not bad. I have had the automatic refresh remove articles that I wanted to view, but that has only been a couple of times. I don't find the ads too intrusive and like the free version. I think this is a very good source of informatjon.

  34. Joe Curtis-avatar

    Joe Curtis


    Even after I uninstalled and then reinstalled this app, it CONTINUES to crash over and over again!!! ZERO stars!!! Do NOT download this POS app!!!! Update: As usual, the cheap, useless cowards that run this POS app can't have an ACTUAL person to contact me about the issues I'm having with their ONCE great app. Update: I've downloaded the latest version of this app, but it still crashes and freezes MULTIPLE TIMES PER DAY.

  35. Howard Love-avatar

    Howard Love


    Good for tailoring news to your interest. The app allows you to see news exclude certain news sources (Fox News is hard to avoid but thats the Murdock machine for you). With a helpful way of making tabs to local, national, or world and many more so funding those interesting stories is not hard at all... the notifications can be tailored to certain times of the day so you don't get a bunch of them popping up at all times of the day. Breaking news (important 🙄) notifications are a bit annoying.

  36. JT Goldstein-avatar

    JT Goldstein


    This app is a "news aggregator". They don't report or edit the news but they aggregate mostly left-wing news media websites. There are some token conservative sites. I have added them all but they are vastly outnumbered. That's why my top page is still always filled with stories from left-wing sites trashing Donald Trump and the GOP. SmartNews is worse than dishonest, they're deceptive, as you can see from Nate's response below. Their bias is really ramping up before the election. Beware.

  37. Lee Wilbur-avatar

    Lee Wilbur


    I used to love the app (would have given it 5 stars) but recent versions have started to splash ads full screen with no way to leave them. This keeps happening Im uninstalling and lowering rating further. Update 9/29: rating drops a star because of new ad policies. Update 9/30: lowered again due to obnoxious ads. Update 10/9: ad came up i couldn't get out of. So since i can't do 0 stars I've uninstalled. Goodbye

  38. Sheri Cardwell-avatar

    Sheri Cardwell


    I love this app - the contents cover all areas that I'm interested in and there's no need to look elsewhere for news, whether it be local, national or international. Thanks to y'all for providing SmartNews, and I appreciate the time and effort you spend on this app. Keep up the good work, WELL DONE, MATES!!! 🤗💚🥰 Sheri Cardwell

  39. Peggy Bolen-Barker-Coyle-avatar

    Peggy Bolen-Barker-Coyle


    Use this app constantly every single day. It pops up with the most important issues to me. I read the information out there and make up my own mind as to whether I believe what's being said or not. But they're VERY good at keeping this app up to date and getting the latest info to their subscribers.

  40. Tracy Edger-avatar

    Tracy Edger


    Hate the new layout! Loved the app until I was forced to update it. The new layout makes it impossible to quickly scroll to find the stories I want to read. I used to spend a long time on the app, doubt that I will now.

  41. Robert Higby-avatar

    Robert Higby


    This has been a great news app. Used it for a long time. However, recent changes to the interface and advertising have made it less so. This new large picture format just introduced is very annoying. Please go back to the old format.

  42. Joaquim Thompson-avatar

    Joaquim Thompson


    I do like this app but recently they placed ads that pop-up when I open and article from my notification window, and I don't mind the ad, but when the ad opens, the article that I selected does not show up which is very annoying.

  43. Stephen Pecoraro-avatar

    Stephen Pecoraro


    The app started out as my absolute favorite new app but each update recently has made the app increasingly frustrating to use. First, making some articles smart news exclusives prevented me from being able to properly view them because of smart views l being automatically turned on for them. Then the introduction of full screen pop-up ads brought with it new bugs that prevented me from opening some articles. Today I open the app and I find they've removed the "for you" tab. Very disappointed.

  44. Joachim Zver-avatar

    Joachim Zver


    I love this app but they are ads after you finish reading every story, it is very annoying. It did not used to be this way at all. I get it we all need to make money but make the app cost money instead of apps or introduce a normal apps version for certain amount. All of these is really bringing down the quality of the app

  45. Brian C-avatar

    Brian C


    The newer layout is meh. I used to be able to read the entire headline in the pull-down drawer (before clicking on article) but now that pictures are there, you can only see ~7 words or so. Used to be a great app but I'll probably move on to another source for my news.

  46. Eva T-avatar

    Eva T


    10.12.20 update I am about to uninstall this app. Now they have 60 second ads between 2 or 3 articles. Way too long. Really disappointed. Love it. it's an agglutination of news, not all good but you just have to pay attention where they come from and choose what you want to read. But overall is extremely convenient and being able to see it in large print with less ads in the smart format makes it far more interesting than things like Facebook or Instagram.

  47. Steven Weintrub-avatar

    Steven Weintrub


    Has been my go-to news app for a long time. It is now impossible to scroll through individual articles that do not have the smart news feature. Incredibly disappointing. Uninstalling for now hopefully this improves. Nope no better than before. And why would I want to try to scroll to the bottom if I have your app to read something on the web?

  48. Doug Karl-avatar

    Doug Karl


    Nice to get news from diverse sources. UPDATE 10/2020: Now the app keeps wanting me to install other apps. I have no choice than to exit out and restart the SmartNews app. Very annoying. Now after several years of this being my only news aggrigator I quit! Looking for an alternative.

  49. William Black-avatar

    William Black


    "News from all sides" is a lie because Smartnews only shows articles from the Democratic and Republican sides under the Election tab. Hardly anything for any Third Parties. Not to mention the lame articles about relationships and other irrelevant topics. Can't get rid of the "Top" tab which is always infested with some garbage. WAAAY too many ads but that's every app and website nowadays.

  50. MaXx Unn-avatar

    MaXx Unn


    Smart news app is very handy. You get instantly news are happening. BUT it doesn't work as intended. News can not download for hours, some times days to show new news. Notice appears 'Check your internet connection' when the internet connection can do everything else with no problem. Please Fix. Thank you for the free app.

  51. Matthew Gill-avatar

    Matthew Gill


    Recent update killed it - overlay ads after reading news articles and some of them the only way to close them is to close the app and reopen or wait the required stupid length of time. They have become so bad that I have uninstalled the app and switched to other news aggregator apps until they change this up. It was my favorite news app, I wish I hadn't updated the app. Before it was awesome.

  52. James Migneco-avatar

    James Migneco


    Has been my preferred news app until recently when the operation has become erratic. Text appears and disappears on the screen and requires scrolling up and down to have it come back to continue reading an article. Please fix the flickering screen content. Never had this issue until the last week.

  53. Emma Burder-avatar

    Emma Burder


    Used to use app more. Now it feels like more and more click bait articles are mixed in from shady sources. The ads are driving me crazy too, full page and constant. They removed the ad free option, it was obviously something people wanted or they wouldn't have signed up when it was offered. Just uninstalled as I feel even the breaking news is behind my other apps.

  54. Dark Oblivian-avatar

    Dark Oblivian


    I really love being able to get a picture of what's going on in the world by getting your news. Only thing that irritates me is not the responsibility of Smart News, but the articles themselves. Doesn't ANYONE proofread anymore!? Almost every article has terrible grammar and printing errors. And it's not just in news articles. Even books and magazines online are riddled with grammatical errors, plot errors, even character name errors. Seems since the social media age no one bothers to proofread

  55. Derek Brichacek-avatar

    Derek Brichacek


    Your ads are annoying fix it or I'm uninstalling. Either a 99 cent pro for life with no ads or remove the ads that take over my whole screen that I can't escape from. Edit: this canned response you give to everyone is trash. Remove the full screen take over ads. Don't just tell me you are listening to people and all that blah blah blah. If I wanted full screen takeover ads that I cant skip and have to click out of will have me uninstalling this app. If I wanted that I'd install a ad driven game

  56. thom england-avatar

    thom england


    I really like having numerous AND different news sources/biases available in a single app. HOWEVER, after a few minutes SmartNews seizes up and I am forced to close the app. I have updated the app but it continues to seize up. I have also deleted and re-installed the app to no avail. It's NOT my phone as SmartNews is the ONLY app that does this.

  57. Scott Holloway-avatar

    Scott Holloway


    This used to be a great news app. But the new ads are ridiculous and they sometimes force me to close the app because I can't close them out. It has become extremely annoying to fight all the ads after reading an article. I'll have to find another source.

  58. Matthew Van Someren-avatar

    Matthew Van Someren


    Constantly crashes as they try to find new ways to sneak ads into every single place they can. In the stories, between the stories, on the top, on the bottom, on the sides, and even when you exit a news article, there's an ad!

  59. A. Lopez-avatar

    A. Lopez


    Duh! I had a subscription till you adopted the new intrusive ad versions without notice. To say you'll consider subscriptions is idiotically poor marketing management. I'VE REMOVED THE APP. If you reinstate subscriptions at 3x orig price - motive revealed! It's now become an Ad provider rather then just providing news. The took awsy subscriptions and made it unusable. Even worse, the ads are intrusive to one's privacy. Can't disable personal web browsing data. Looking to replace it soon.

  60. John MacGibbon-avatar

    John MacGibbon


    For the last couple of weeks this otherwise good app has been performing very badly. As I scroll down through a story, large areas of text disappear from the screen. At this stage, scrolling up and down will usually restore the missing text, but it is making stories very difficult to read.

  61. Carole Lindberg-avatar

    Carole Lindberg


    I really enjoy reading news on this App several times a day. My only criticism is that there often are grammar mistakes in the summaries, or words left out which is annoying. Text should be edited more carefully. Still, I will give it 5 stars.

  62. Ben Bauer-avatar

    Ben Bauer


    Used to be my favorite app until the full page ads started punching me in the face. At least offer a paid version if you're dying for money so I can avoid the pain. Auto refresh is also terrible. Please dont sacrifice the things that made this app awesome.

  63. Lynn Friedman-avatar

    Lynn Friedman


    This has. Deteriorated over time. Too many questionable source, although you can pick your preferences. Way too many video ads in stories. Now in between reading articles. Quite annoying and if it gets any worse, I'm done with this app.

  64. Marc Fox-avatar

    Marc Fox


    *Edit* Can no longer select which news sources you prefer. I enjoy news from all sides but there is still a very large bias in stories offered. You can find plenty from Vox, Huffpost, Buzzfeed, MSNBC, etc. All left leaning or fully left. If you would like to hear from the right you don't find anything that leans that way like The Wallstreet Journal, Daily Wire, Epoch Times, Blaze, etc. Represented nearly as much if at all. LOOK ELSEWHERE for bipartisan news

  65. Earl Gray-avatar

    Earl Gray


    I like the app but I hate all the ads, and there are thousands! You are now forced to watch a full screen ad that you can't cancel before your news starts up. This app is getting worse, not better. If this doesn't change, and fast, I will uninstall and look elsewhere for news!

  66. Mark Newton-avatar

    Mark Newton


    Full page ads are ridiculous. Particularly the ones that require you to wait while the bars at the top fill up and won't let you exit while it shows an exit button. I loved this app, I recommended it to everyone and now I can't stand it because of the full screen ads when trying to back out of an article.

  67. Charley Carroll-avatar

    Charley Carroll


    This app had potential, but the developer opted to generate revenue over making a great product that users would be willing to purchase under the guise of "making it free for everyone". Why do developers believe end users are nothing more than a resource to exploit for money? We are already inundated with advertisement, so why not pile on more, right? *sarcasm* What is better than small, unobtrusive ads? Full screen, 30 second ads! *end sarcasm*

  68. Kris Bickert-avatar

    Kris Bickert


    I read this everyday. It always has news about the issues I like to keep up to date on and often features news outlets I like to read like the guardian, buzzfeed, AP, etc.. It notifies me of what I like to read and never pushes articles I have no interest in. The articles seem well informed, objective, and come from trusted sources.

  69. Keven Fitzsimmons-avatar

    Keven Fitzsimmons


    The news articles are nicely organized and presented in a way that makes since to the user. My number one issue with the application is the the date of the articles are removed. You don't know how old the information is. This is a major failure of this application

  70. Martin Bryant-avatar

    Martin Bryant


    I used to read through this as my daily intake, but the fact I get full screen ads after every article that eat 15 to 30 seconds of my time is making me start to look for a new aggragte. My advice ads are fine full screen ads are not, adjust the policy, open up a premium model like AccuWeather, or lose me as a user

  71. Tye B-avatar

    Tye B


    I used to LOVE this App, now it just shows ads, ads and more ads!! I concur with other users that I have to find another source for my mobile news. I would also be willing to pay a nominal fee for no ads! Such a shame this ruined the app.

  72. Joe Keim-avatar

    Joe Keim


    STOP THE GAME FULL SCREEN ADDS when story is closed. I don't go here to play games and CLOSE THE APP AND GO TO OTHERS when this happens. There are enough adds imbedded in the stories. This new tactic is bad taste save excessive. This not your market audience for games. Please stop this. Before these, would have given 5 stars.

  73. carolyn allen-avatar

    carolyn allen


    I use this app several times per day. I am disappointed that the covid tracker has been completely removed from top stories tab. Now you have to search for it. I feel like the data of covid cases keeps people informed on the pandemic. Knowledge is power. Can it be moved back?

  74. Amber Marsh-avatar

    Amber Marsh


    I use to enjoy the news until ever article started becoming nothing but liberal bias. Why can't the media be impartial, as it should be, instead of opinionated. I care about facts and that is all. Deleting this app along with any other "news" app that has a problem reporting the truth.

  75. A Z-avatar

    A Z


    Wide variety of so-called fake news Updated today Constantly freezes phone App shows up on just half of the screen Every time I open the app have to hard reset the phone and then go back and try again constantly clearing cash the cash seems like it's much more than what it should be so I don't know what's going on It was a good app will probably uninstall it and never use it again That seems to happen a lot with updates they aren't tested Before they're released

  76. Jg Nolin-avatar

    Jg Nolin


    Great idea but poor implementation. Very glichy and prone to crashing multiple times during a 30 min reading. Full screen ad interrupts have been added to the the embedded ad fare you expect to see sprinkled in amongst the copy - too bad! Just installed the latest update and..... the app crashed again.

  77. Christian Berrigan-avatar

    Christian Berrigan


    After months of use, the ridiculously large proportion of Trump Derangement Syndrome sources has made it too difficult/ time wasting / irritating to sift through for intelligent and honest news. It is too hard to find honest analysis or even honest criticism. Too many pure propagandist sources. I do like the access to the science publications, but I'm a political junkie too and can't take it anymore. Uninstalling.

  78. mary elsey-avatar

    mary elsey


    It's great for getting different kinds of news stories. But I don't like when I finish an article to go back to read another one I had wanted to read and the auto refresh has all new stories and I can't find something I wanted to read.

  79. Tom stewart-avatar

    Tom stewart


    This app has too many ads! Cant tell you how many times I've accidentally brought up an advertisement trying to navigate thru the news. This is bad news for advertisers as they pay per click. They are getting overcharged.

  80. Fran Pruitt-avatar

    Fran Pruitt


    For aren't proven, or can't be proven. And I also wonder why there isn't but one republican news agency. And NO news agency's to talk for my party, which is independent party. And when I was 18, I was a democrat, I became a republican, around the age of 34, that was when I realized both party's were crooked. And I went to the best party, the only one left. I should have been there much sooner, I mean why be loyal to one side or the other? I don't agree with every position either of them take.

  81. Curtis Schumacher-avatar

    Curtis Schumacher


    I've been using SmartNews daily for a while now, but the change to the ads is absolutely obnoxious. Having a video ad play by force when you try to navigate back from an article is atrocious. And a forced time to watch is even more annoying. Please stop doing this.

  82. Kim Penick-avatar

    Kim Penick


    News is short. Not always good but there are some decent articles. The full screen ads that pop up are irritating and I just close the app instead of sitting through them. Some articles link to sites that want you to pay. This could be a much better app.

  83. Jeffrey Lello-avatar

    Jeffrey Lello


    Wa the most amazing app. Now it's just ads and glitches. What happened guys? I don't mind ads. But full screen 30 second video ads every ten minutes. As soon as I find a better news app you guys lost me. Fire whoever decided to change your format. It went from my list used FAVORITE APP to trash.

  84. Dick Carr-avatar

    Dick Carr


    The news is great. Almost all of it never appears in the major US news outlets. However, NEVER buy anything from the ads. One I bought was a complete scam and the second simply did not work at all as advertised!!

  85. Mohammad Reza Vatankhah-avatar

    Mohammad Reza Vatankhah


    I have tried nearly all similar apps over a period of four years and found this one the best. I sincerely thank the developers strongly recommend downloading it. It covers a whole range of materials relating to all fields of readers' interests. An excellent app!

  86. Rick Barreto-avatar

    Rick Barreto


    Good app, annoying ads. For the most part, I like the content and fluidity of the app. The biggest complaint at the forwards to full page ads. I would pay for a premium version that eliminated those and would give a higher app rating.

  87. Elijah Holdren-avatar

    Elijah Holdren


    It's alright but election news feeds duel party system. It says it covers all sides but it only covers the two biggest parties. There are more candidates out there!

  88. Bob R-avatar

    Bob R


    Thanks for bringing back the Covid data that was briefly is an excellent feature. Wish it had more specific categories, like health and fitness instead of including in the broad category lifestyle for example. -3*s because of startling, annoying full screen pop up ads...

  89. Thomas edwards-avatar

    Thomas edwards


    I miss being able to leave a comment or read other peoples comments. Some articles you can, others... Not so much. And there are way too many sites that post a headline, then require you to pay a subscription fee to access them. As soon as i find a better app, im all over it.

  90. W Murdoch-avatar

    W Murdoch


    The app was fine before, with acceptable ads. But the last update makes the ads completely obtrusive and unbearable. I'll wait a week or so to see if they resolve this. Otherwise it's definitly bound to be deleted.

  91. angelica Follis-avatar

    angelica Follis


    I learn of most current events/news boys Smartnews. I really like all the different categories-including LOCAL that seems to be lacking in other news apps- and that I cream prioritize each category too MY specifications!

  92. Don Diehl-avatar

    Don Diehl


    Good for quick news updates. Nice notifier, but it often disappears before you can read it, it's like a teaser which makes you want to open the app and see what you may have missed.

  93. Tom Watts-avatar

    Tom Watts


    UPDATE: Too many updates recently, as millennials are wont to do. Revising 1-star downwards since the updates mostly seem to be injecting ads between stories more frequently. 01/23/20 Usually good. The custom news feeds often have a lot of dated material that reappears cyclically.

  94. Jason Temple-avatar

    Jason Temple


    WAS a descent news platform but recently decided to force even MORE ads on us, in addition to imbedded ads in all of the articles, ads between open articles, and many aticles that you cant read unless you pay for them. This is just an aggregation app, not journalism!! I have been milked enough SN!

  95. Aaron V-avatar

    Aaron V


    Uninstalled. UPDATE (4): "DumbNews" is gone from my device (meaning you can pat yourself on the back for "winning" this argument, but you lost real revenue from people dropping the app, and your rating is sliding, so less new readers are joining), so discounting your stubborn "replies," I still have the final word, "Nate." I just wonder what your ad partners think about the crappy way you talk to customers and do nothing to get them to stay...

  96. Al Medina-avatar

    Al Medina


    Don't care for ads which make it difficult to move off the screen. They are controlling the screen and attempt to prevent my removing them. This dominating/controlling behavior is unacceptable.

  97. Robert Jacques-avatar

    Robert Jacques


    The new system for delivering ads when finishing an article is a deal breaker. I recognize that ads pay for the app but the ads are difficult to close and often are time based for much too long a duration. Loved the app before but am now ready to delete it.

  98. bob seneff-avatar

    bob seneff


    I love the apps content but it freezes and then crashes constantly. When it crashes it has new arranged content and you can't hardly find where you were reading. It's had a few updates but nothing's fixed the screen freeze and crashes

  99. 易红天-avatar



    Breaking news from many outlets giving a wide view of the world. Smart function makes reading easy on most sites. Since they've added pop up advertisements I have removed a star. I would rather pay a small subscription fee than deal with the advertisement.

  100. Cheryl Aqil-avatar

    Cheryl Aqil


    I learn something new and relevant each time I read the TOP news category. The information is varied which keeps it from becoming boring. I often find items that I can use to improve my daily life.

  101. Jasaa Impatient-avatar

    Jasaa Impatient


    The ads are so intrusive you have to force close the app & restart it just to view a different news story. This used to be my favorite news app, but with recent updates it's become a nuisance to use.

  102. Carl Donner-avatar

    Carl Donner


    Used to be a good app. Now it forces you to look at an ad that locks the screen until you take an action. You can't use the back button. This is controlling behavior. To bad, uninstall!

  103. Matthew S. Bubar-avatar

    Matthew S. Bubar


    The reports on SmartNews have always been current, complete (the way I think), and news-worthy. I've stayed with this reporting service as my newspaper for about 4 years, and haven't changed.

  104. Anna McCullough-avatar

    Anna McCullough


    I'd rather pay for it. I really like the news aggregation, I LOVE the Smart View, but I LOATHE the ads. This is my first time downloading this app and there doesn't appear to be any way to remove the highly intrusive full screen ads.

  105. Maria Pellicier-avatar

    Maria Pellicier


    Il really like this app. Buuuttt something is missing: A comment section. How about adding a comment area, where we can add our opinions on what we read? Then this app would be perfect!!

  106. Missy Harter-avatar

    Missy Harter


    SmartNews never fails to supply me with interesting and up to date info. I have pretty much given up on the " nightly news" shows because of the repetitive depressing information that they supply. I am so sick of politics being force fed to us. SmartNews helps me find positive topics on a daily basis.

  107. Marc Rapoza-avatar

    Marc Rapoza


    For every 3 headlines, you see one giant ad. That means you see a massive number of ads and they are all oversized compared to headlines so you can't easily ignore. It's overkill.

  108. Bernie Anderson-avatar

    Bernie Anderson


    (2018-12) SmartNews is better than what I had been using, has current news, is super customisable and looks good. I can tailor the news to what I want to see and get rid of categories I don't. Thank you SmartNews!

  109. Bob Owen-avatar

    Bob Owen


    Been using it for about a year. It gives me categories of news from which I can select - general news, Covid news, political news, local news, international news, etc. News stories are recent and from mainstream organizations.

  110. leslie walker-avatar

    leslie walker


    Keep seeing all the complaints about it closing and freezing and such.. I have not had any of those things happen and I've been on here for awhile now and updated several times with no problems.

  111. Adam Pfeffer-avatar

    Adam Pfeffer


    Always enjoy the wide selection at my fingertips.. easy and fast to get caught up on news or my interests.. great app and love the fact that new channel opportunities frequently arise. Thank You !!!!

  112. Ben Hembree-avatar

    Ben Hembree


    Used to be great, now the ads are so bad that I'm uninstalling for good..too bad there's not a way to pay and get rid of the ads

  113. Karen Rands-avatar

    Karen Rands


    Somewhat relevant and timely delivery of news. Often uncertain as to the validity of the news it delivers. A lot of advertorial news mixed in So you have to be careful on what you click on.

  114. Jaspreet Singh-avatar

    Jaspreet Singh


    During 2020, this app seems to push very bias liberal news feeds. And, majority of them don't seem to be "reporting", but rather attempts to persuade opinions. And, I have frankly grown tired of it.

  115. Brandon Watterson-avatar

    Brandon Watterson


    Unreliable stories that are essentially gossip or tabloid. Its become a very biased app. If you are looking for true factual articles, I suggest looking elsewhere. On top of it articles constantly move good luck finding the article you are actually looking for if you accidentally back out.

  116. Heidi Stanley-avatar

    Heidi Stanley


    Very informative. Dont like the misleading/ and antiquated headlines from the Google ads popping in between the real news bits. But I suppose they are advertisers and that's the best way they could figure out marketing.

  117. Mike Harper-avatar

    Mike Harper


    Like others are saying, this new ad format that essentially hijacks your phone until the ad finishes (or you close the app) is annoying. I get the ad concept but not when takes over my phone. Uninstalling.

  118. daniel abdullah-avatar

    daniel abdullah


    A very good source fpr news. I would give it five stars except, sometimes its ads or updates could get a little annoying. Still, when compared with other app news, Smartnews is much more informative.

  119. Art 67-avatar

    Art 67


    Too many ads, after every three article an ad is displayed wow, why , not interested in seeing them, and espacially the ones that they spy and see what sites I went to. Come on, If I want to buy somethings , I can research the companies Iam interested in my self. If you want to earn from advertisement. Open another tap that people that are interested can just go to that tap and have at it all day.

  120. Matthew McCall-avatar

    Matthew McCall


    SmartNews is great! I can honestly say I really like the options it provides. The local and national news is tailored to my interests very well.

  121. J RISSOVERART-avatar



    Used to be a favorite app. Now quitting all the time and despite reinstall keeps asking for updates which don't solve the problem. Happens on multiple devices of different brands and systems. Still would like date posted on articles.

  122. David Greenbaum-avatar

    David Greenbaum


    I used to think well of this app. Now that it throws popups up when you leave a story I an considering dumping it. Update: I find the app unusable because of the pop ups when trying to leave a story.

  123. Mark Shaya-avatar

    Mark Shaya


    Okay app that has news and local weather, but its ads are intrusive and bounce you around the article causing you to search to find where you were, but all in all, it still is an okay app.

  124. Tim Browning-avatar

    Tim Browning


    This was my favorite news app. Not anymore. The ads now take over the screen when you exit a news article and you can't exit out until it has timed out. I'm removing it. Bye bye.

  125. Carrie Kelly-avatar

    Carrie Kelly


    I have used smartnews for a while the app has been very good, respectful and even treats me like an authorized genius. I am looking forward to the app. Awnsering some of my messages for me on twitter. This app. Is fabulous darling.

  126. L. Andrew Foster-avatar

    L. Andrew Foster


    Was a great news app for non partisan reading of aggregated articles. Now they've implemented obnoxious door-slam in your face ads, that pop while using the app, some almost impossible to close or navigate out of.

  127. S PR-avatar

    S PR


    Serves pop up pop over ads on phone that block access to dial out access in case of emergency. Some ads freeze and crash phone causing or necessitating restart of phone. Not convenient in emergency or situation where you need to call out or do somthing else. Push notifications no longer work in Android 10

  128. C Jack-avatar

    C Jack


    Ok. Pushes articles on topics you never open. Tries to hide ads as news. Recently is updating very frequently. A lot of topics have same articles. Can't remove yourself from getting articles.

  129. Nancy Allen-avatar

    Nancy Allen


    Wide range of coverage from both reliable and questionable sources. Notifications of breaking news are well made. Best coverage I seem to be able to receive right now.

  130. Ronald Platt-avatar

    Ronald Platt


    The stories take too long to read to get to the true guts of the issue. Unimportant items are mentioned throughout the articles (filler) and sometimes repeated. Too many ads interrupt the story. I stopped reading them.

  131. Mark Lewis-avatar

    Mark Lewis


    News feeds are great. Cannot stand the intrusive ads! They just started fairly recently. I have to clear all in order to regain control of the app.

  132. gerry birchall-avatar

    gerry birchall


    This app crashes evey time I use it,more than any other app I have ever used. The news is excellent,but the full page ads ate a huge pain in the butt.

  133. Alex Eddy-avatar

    Alex Eddy


    Used to have a tab that seemed to be a little of everything from each tab, local, national, international, political, etc..., gone after last update, now the main tab is the Coronavirus tab

  134. Mr. Barbarik Market-avatar

    Mr. Barbarik Market


    Same articles for days at a time. Hardly breaking news. Intrusive ads & more FOX NEWS articles than any other news app. Nice design though.

  135. Richard Strobel-avatar

    Richard Strobel


    Love the stories and different areas available, but HATE the fact that the app constantly freezes up or crashes, coursing me to have to restart the app after only a few minutes viewing.

  136. Cindy C-avatar

    Cindy C


    Easy to use and navigate. The most recent upgrade adds large annoying pictures to the top stories screen, which detract from the overall compact, clean scroll of the app.

  137. Rodger Mathis-avatar

    Rodger Mathis


    Awesome App! I start and end my day with SmartNews. It gives me consistent, reliable news on a wide range of topics. It is a MUST for those who want to be kept updated on current events! Thanks to the developers as well!

  138. Anna Lotkova-avatar

    Anna Lotkova


    Annoying ads!! I used to like this app but now every story I click i have to watch a long bs ad and no way to get out of it and then I lose the story I wanted to open. So stupid im done with this app.

  139. Robert Gorby-avatar

    Robert Gorby


    I really like this app. The one problem I keep having is it keeps stopping. Have removed and reloaded. I would pay extra for no ads.

  140. Jeffrey Schiller-avatar

    Jeffrey Schiller


    I really liked this app until it started putting up full screen ads that won't dismiss for a period of time.

  141. Henry Njoo-avatar

    Henry Njoo


    I am not able to open this app since Sunday. When I open it, it will otomatically shut down. I already did uninstall and install almost every day, don't know where to get help

  142. Durrka Gevrah-avatar

    Durrka Gevrah


    Everything is breaking news so you can't use the notifications. The ads that take over the whole screen are impossible to get rid of. The article's that Make you sign up or login to read are maddening.

  143. Eeya Tahn-avatar

    Eeya Tahn


    Garbage... Do not download unless you want tons of adds shoves down your throat. Adds put under the back button. Adds put under the home button. Adds put under the back arrow. Adds put on nearly every video you want to watch. Adds that hide your home button. Adds that hide your home button. Adds that you can not stop. Adds that you must reboot your device to stop. Adds that slow down your scrolling so you can not go past them. Adds that stop your device cold. Smartnews need to go!

  144. MF Cleveland-avatar

    MF Cleveland


    Deleted this App. They kept changing my feeds. Decided yo try again. Now SO MANY ads all over frame. Still find Better news BBC, CBC, ABC (Australia), Japan News, News 18 (India). Trying to get too much ad $$.

  145. Alice Wylie-avatar

    Alice Wylie


    I used to love, but the new ads are too annoying to ignore. I'm looking for a new app. Update: They seem to have responded to feedback and reduced the ads. I'm back to this being my go-to news app.

  146. UncleAndy46 American patriot-avatar

    UncleAndy46 American patriot


    This is decent app except for all the liberal bias news bashing our president the stories are offensive to me .what ever happend to reporting real news stories that are not bunch propaganda hate spewing disinfornation ..sad damn day in america ... I will be unistalling this app. .dont not recomend this app if are consertive or care about your country and you support your duly elected prseident .you can say you dont write the stories but you can contril the kinds content you aggregate .

  147. Jeanette Sorensen-avatar

    Jeanette Sorensen


    Used to be my go-to news app! Love the tabs and the capability to prioritize what topics you're interested in seeing. Unfortunately, with the recent changes it now forces you to watch ads after you read your article... I already waste too much time on it, but now it's even more excessive (and annoying) so maybe it's a good thing ha.

  148. A Tolsma-avatar

    A Tolsma


    I really enjoy using this app. Sometimes the same stories will be told by multiple sources, with difference perspectives. Good stuff.

  149. Bill Haigney-avatar

    Bill Haigney


    I find a lot of good news stories in this app HOWEVER they also host a Lot of Fake News/opinion stories which are Not factual and the app WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO OPT OUT OF THESE SITES!!! Thats its Major downfall. Allow me to Refuse any fake news sites and Id give it 4-5 stars, but as is I would NOT Recommend this app to Anyone! P.S. There is Absolutely NO USE for Fake News! None! Pushing a Right Wing Nut Job/ Ultra Conservative position is No sense at best! ALLOW US TO CHOOSE!

  150. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    offers a good variety of news and interesting articles. Educational. But I don't like how all the ads get in the way. Frustrating. It has been crashing recently too. Don't know why(?)