CNN Breaking US & World News

CNN Breaking US & World News


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"Breaking news: Better late than never"

Reviewed by / May 26, 2011

The official CNN app for Android has just landed.

This is the official -and free- CNN app for Android. It comes up a bit late since we’ve had a dozen of non-official CNN apps for a long time., however, it seems that the official CNN developing team have been used fully to launch one of those must-have app that overtakes the rest of existing apps. CNN app for Android is aiming to be the “smartest and sleekest way to experience a world of news and insights”. And, from our point of view, is quite close to achieve it. Let’s take a glance at its main features.

First, we may check the Headlines by selecting the Top Stories (International), the area (U.S., Europe, Middle-East, Asia...) or the issue category we are more interest in (Business, Sports, Travel,...). By clicking in one of the headlines we may have access to all the news content: text-based reports, videos, photos, live updates and many others resources from the news network. Moreover, you may set your own profile and mark your current location to get some local info about weather, news and events taking places around. You may also save those reports you liked or those which you want to check thoroughly later. Besides browsing the news by content, you may also do it by format: radio or video. That means you will be able to listen CNN radio live programs or browser in its database stories, interviews, podcast and so on. Likewise you may browse news by video: the CNN’s video database is organized by categories (world, most popular, sport, business, etc). The amount of resources available is just impressive. And it becomes even wider thanks to features like the iReport section, which is basically a channel that allows individual users to work as amateur journalist by submitting photos and videos through the app. That means getting real news from the witnesses.

It brings a simple but useful 1x4 desktop widget that will show the headlines of the category we are interested in. The widget though could be improved by allowing us to choose more than one category or by showing direct link to the media resources.

CNN for Android works on a user-friendly interface, fast and easy. We are just amazed about how fast it loads videos and audio files, and how easy is to get all the content in a few clicks. We have to recognise that CNN developers have done their job well, even exceeding all the expectations, and, from our point of view, overtaking the non-official CNN apps that are already in the market. For this reason, we truly recommend you to give it a try if you are one of those who want to be up-to-date about what’s going on in the world from reliable sources.

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CNN connects you to the world -- wherever you are.

The redesigned CNN App for Android has been rebuilt and redesigned for use on both your phone and tablet.

Stay informed with the latest headlines and original stories from around the globe. Follow up-to-the-minute reporting with breaking news alerts and live video. Share stories and videos and comment on top stories.

•Get breaking news alerts and follow stories as they develop.
•Go beyond the surface with international, politics, opinion, tech and entertainment stories and more.
•Watch video clips and coverage of live events as they unfold. View your favorite CNN shows live (as available, check with your cable, satellite or telecommunications provider).
•Contribute a story or opinion to CNN iReport by uploading photos and video directly from your app. Follow other iReporters and see stories from their points of view.
•Access your local weather information, including current and extended forecasts.
•Browse photo galleries related to today’s news.
•Sync your Samsung Galaxy Gear to your CNN app and receive breaking news and top stories on your wearable device (available on select Android phones).

The CNN App may ask your permission to access certain functions on your device such as location, network connection, camera and social media accounts. Doing so can enhance some features of your app such as weather forecasts, iReport submissions and ability to share stories with your social networks. The CNN App may also ask your permission for “phone calls” to allow you to call CNN regarding story ideas or general feedback. CNN respects your privacy and would never misuse your personal information.

Have questions or feedback on the CNN App? E-mail us at We are always looking for suggestions on how to provide the best experience possible for you.

Recently changed in this version

- No more blank white screens! Fixed a bug that was preventing article text from being shown on some devices.

We're working hard to improve your CNN experience on your Android phone and tablet. How are we doing? Give us a shout -- we'd love to hear from you:

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  • (45)

    by Michael Hill on 12/05/2015

    The app lacks a search function. It posts alerts to my tablet and when I tap the alert opens the app to the jumble of stories on the app's home screen. Very difficult to find the story I wish to read.

  • (45)

    by Olga Francois on 12/05/2015

    Best app ever. Keeps you updated of what's going around in this world

  • (45)

    by Quyen Nguyen on 12/05/2015

    Great work, it now becomes a great app.

  • (45)

    by Boss BeasTen on 12/05/2015

    Please bring the option to Star [save] favorite stories.

  • (45)

    by Tammy Cox on 12/05/2015

    CNN news

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    by Barb Minard on 12/05/2015

    When you can find all the news in one app/with video!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)!!!! It makes keeping up with the "world", fun&entertaing!!! :-) :-) thank , you so much!! I wish "the world" was more like you!!! :-) :-) :-)

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    by johnathan mcfadden on 12/05/2015

    1 star tried to watch live the only reason I downloaded the app and your not partners with time Warner?? Really? There my only choice for cable where I live and pretty much have a monopoly in LA area why would they not be in your list? Shameful

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