BBC News

BBC News


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"What in the world is happening right now?"

Reviewed by / Aug 19, 2014

The official news app from BBC's journalist team

Welcome to the official BBC News app, bringing you the latest from the acclaimed UK-based journalists. All the most recent updates on tech, sports, health, entertainment, and business are here - personalize your settings so you see just the news that's most important to you. The video version of BBC News is also accessible from the app, offering live reports from around the world as developments take place.

If you like, the app can send you push notifications as really important news breaks. You can also set it so that stories will only download when you have wifi, so you can then read them from anywhere without threatening your data plan.

If you tune in to the BBC frequently - or if you're just looking for a solid news app covering international events - the official BBC News app is a great choice.

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Developer's original description available here
The BBC News app has been completely redesigned with a fresh look and feel, to bring you more content, greater personalisation and better overall performance. So you can get more of the news that matters to you.

Key features:

Top Stories brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.

My News is a newly introduced feature allowing you to personalise your news offering.
Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about.
Stories from topics you add will appear in your personalised My News feed. Here you can order stories by topic or time, and use the Manage Topics screen to stay on top of the news of the day.

Find content fast
The app can suggest topics based on your location, stories you’ve recently viewed and what’s in the news now.
And you can quickly find topics that interest you using the Topic Search. Choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Politics, Business, Entertainment and Health or search for your own subjects of interest whether they’re people, places, things or themes

More of the news you care about
We now offer a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, including:
- Most Read and Most Watched. Keep on top of popular stories across the BBC, regularly updated throughout the day
- Live BBC News channel, up-to-the-minute reports available 24-hours a day
- Read the best journalism from BBC correspondents
- Access to our full range of video and audio
- Photo galleries and full-screen images

Other features:
- Push notifications for breaking news stories
- Video over 3G and wifi
- Improved offline experience. Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them at your leisure
- Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background
- Share stories to your social networks, or email/SMS to a friend
- Home screen widgets. Configurable to reflect your choice of topics, resizable to suit your screen layout and stylable to view as a stack or list widget
- Font controls to increase or decrease the story text size to suit you
- Related stories, related topics. Go deeper into a storyline with suggestions for further reading and viewing and a range of topics related to each story

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
- ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION: Allows the app to suggest news based on your location (Android 4.0 and above)
- READ_SYNC_SETTINGS/WRITE_SYNC_SETTINGS/AUTHENTICATE_ACCOUNTS: Used for managing background updates to get the latest news content from the BBC (Android 4.0 and above)


Recently changed in this version

Version 3.0.7 UK:
Fixed a bug that caused My News to not update.

Version 3.0.6 UK:
Enhancements to support upcoming Election 2015 content. Further accessibility improvements.

Version 3.0.0 UK:
The redesigned BBC News app brings you more content, greater personalisation and improved performance

Add topics to your personal My News feed wherever you see the + icon

Get suggested topics based on location, what’s in the news or use Topic Search

Changelog and permissions

  • - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
  • - Have access to the list of accounts linked to your device.
  • - Send and receive internet info.
  • - Prevent your device from sleeping or screen from dimming (turn brightness down).
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    New version 3.0.7 UK released on 04/02/15.
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    New version 3.0.5 UK released on 03/16/15.
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    New version 3.0.3 UK released on 02/16/15.
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    New version 3.0.1 UK released on 02/02/15.
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    New version 2.5.5 UK released on 12/20/14.
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    Application reactivated on 07/31/14.
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    Becomes more popular. 5000000 downloads level reached on 07/31/14.
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    New version 2.4.5 UK released on 11/07/13.
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    New version 2.4.4 UK released on 08/09/13.
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    New version 2.4.3 UK released on 07/08/13.
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    New version 2.2 released on 03/25/13.
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    New version 2.0 released on 12/12/12.
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    New version 1.3.3 released on 08/17/12.
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    by Eric Smith on 02/04/2015

    Over complicated and no longer the first rate news app it was. If I wanted media heavy entertainment type content I would not expect to look in what purports to be a serious news channel. Unfortunately that's what we've got here. When on the move I want to READ the news not have to rely on hearing or viewing it

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    by Mike Oughton on 02/04/2015

    It does not update, the flow is not as good as before and the topics are too specific that require a lot of editing to get what I want.

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    by Brother Cadfael on 02/04/2015

    Tried hard to like this new app but it's far too busy. Seems to have been designed to cater for high end devices. The A and B demographic may well find it thrilling but the vast majority are now disheartened and wondering where the snappy, functional and universally accessible news app has gone. Not doing yourself any favours with the general public BBC.

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    by Sera-Marie Capaldi on 02/04/2015

    Not that intuitive to navigate around so becomes a bit of a chore, when it really shouldn't feel like that. Old version was much better.

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    by Chris Wilson on 02/04/2015

    Better than the old one in my opinion, just takes a little getting used to. Would be nice to include commenting, then there would be no reason to use the website, maybe too much emphasis on videos

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    by Barry Pouton on 02/04/2015

    Battery doctor keeps telling me of excessive battery draining guessed it ,, BBC news.hammers batt and clogs CPU.

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    by Claire Ryder on 02/04/2015

    Updates aren't quick enough, stories are days old,preferred the old app.