BBC News

BBC News

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

  • Scrollable streams
  • User-friendly interface
  • Fast and reliable
  • Audio and video resources too
  • It should enhance it sharing options
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Expert's Review

"If BBC is your source, this is your app"

Reviewed by / Feb 21, 2012

BBC News is the official Android app of the news channel

There are lots of apps that stream different news sources like readers. However, there are always some sources we rely most because we're used to them or maybe because we agree with their editorial line. If that is what happen to you regarding BBC News, keep reading.

BBC News is a news reader which only source is BBC. However, it streams BBC from different regions and categories: Sports, Health, Middle East, USA, Tech... You can choose what categories you want to highlight in the home. Each one of the rows is a category chosen by you. Thus, the home is made up by scrollable streams with articles sorted by latest. Just tap on the image to read them. It opens the article really fast.

There's no need to launch the browser: you can read the full article from the app. What's more, you can share articles by long-pressing on its preview (not really intuitive this way to share). You can also access videos and audio resources provided by BBC as well as send to BBC news reports (attaching phone number and location) if something noticeable is happening around you.

In a nutshell, BBC News brings to this app the most of the resources available in the web version. Reporting to the editorial team is an added-value feature. The only catch of this app is that it should enhance the sharing options.

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Developer's original description available here
Get the latest world and regional news from the BBC’s global network of more than 2000 journalists. From breaking news, to business, entertainment, technology, the arts and sport, all divided into clear sections, this free app lets you watch video reports, listen to live radio and read the latest updates wherever you are.

Key features:
 • All the latest news as it happens
 • Watch or listen to the latest news headlines
 • Opt in for breaking news push notifications
 • Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them offline at your leisure
 • Share stories to a range of social networks, or email/SMS to a friend
 • Personalise the home screen by adding, removing and re-ordering news categories to suit your preferences
 • Listen live to BBC World Service radio
 • Home screen widgets to keep you up to date
 • Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background
 • Set text size to suit your preferences
 • Ability to send stories, video, and photos directly to the BBC News team
 • Full range of News categories: Top stories, US & Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Africa, UK, Technology, Business, Features & Analysis, Science & Environment, Entertainment & Arts, Health, Also In The News, Sport
 • Ability to store the app on the SD card. Widgets will not be available if you choose to use this function. This is a feature of the Android system.

*Currently unavailable for devices running 2.2 and below. We are working on a fix and this will be available soon.

Version 2.4.4:
 • Push notifications for big breaking news stories
 • Landscape support for all devices
 • Various bug fixes including an issue that occasionally caused duplicate push notifications.

If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by ProcessOne on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service.

No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed. The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy, available at

You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications in the app’s settings screen.

 • INTERNET: Used to get the latest news content from the BBC
 • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Used to determine whether you are on 3G or WiFi to deliver the best quality content
 • WAKE_LOCK: Used if you enable background updates in settings
 • GET_ACCOUNTS: Used to determine if your device is capable of receiving Push messages
 • C2D_RECEIVE/C2D_MESSAGE: Used to receive Push messages if you opt in

Recently changed in this version

New in this build:
 • Fix for an issue that prevented videos playing when ad-blocking applications are installed.
 • Fix for an issue that made videos unavailable over 3G on some networks.

Account permission is required to determine if your device is capable of receiving push notifications.

Lists with BBC News

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund, Analizadas por Mar GP.

Comments and ratings for BBC News
  • (69)

    by Piyush Tiwari on 21/06/2014


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    by Geoffrey Spear on 21/06/2014

    Recent versions frequently fail to lead stories and just show a blank white screen.

  • (69)

    by Peter Pieri on 21/06/2014

    At first was great. Then all you would get are blank pages. When you flip through app the first few pages were there then nothing but blank pages. I have this app on my kindle fire and it works fine.

  • (69)

    by Liran Perez on 21/06/2014

    BBC is ruled by antisemitism

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    by Ajita Vishwakarma on 21/06/2014


  • (69)

    by fu jincheng on 21/06/2014

    Was a great app. But recently cannot even refresh the news

  • (69)

    by Joshua Mohler on 21/06/2014

    App doesn't work on my droid. Articles never open :-(