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About this app

Our global coverage offers distinctive insight and incisive analysis. Start your 7-day free trial now.*

Each week over 1.5m subscribers trust The Economist to help them make sense of the world and the news. Join them by downloading The Economist app.

The app includes a daily selection of the best of our journalism, along with the full weekly version of The Economist newspaper to read or listen to on the go.

Already a subscriber to The Economist? Simply install the app and sign in with your Economist login details.

The Economist is an award-winning, trusted filter on global affairs, offering in-depth analysis of everything from business, finance and politics to science, technology and economics. It covers every region of the world including the United States, Britain, Europe, Asia and Latin America and it excels at big topics, from climate change and sustainability to the future of work and globalisation. The Economist is also available as a weekly magazine.

App highlights:
• Top stories: the latest news analysis combined with highlights from the weekly issue
• Economist The World in Brief: a short morning briefing on the day’s global news
• The Economist weekly edition: full access to the weekly version of The Economist newspaper
• The audio version of the weekly edition to listen to on the go
• A selection of our podcasts, including The Intelligence, a daily burst of illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents

App features:
• A morning briefing on the day ahead
• Timely analysis of the world’s biggest news stories, updated by the end of the day
• The weekly edition available from 9 pm every Thursday evening London time
• Audio versions of the weekly edition read by professional broadcasters
• Reading times highlighted on each article
• Bookmarks to save articles for later or create personal reading lists

Subscribing in-app
• Subscribe in-app and take advantage of our introductory subscription offer
• Subscribe in-app and take advantage of our 7-day free trial.
• At the end of the trial, the subscription will automatically renew onto a monthly subscription at the standard price. Annual and quarterly subscriptions are also available in some regions.
• You will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate as defined by Google. Payment is charged to your Play Store account upon confirmation of purchase
• All subscriptions automatically renew. Your account will be charged 24 hours before the renewal date, at a cost of £19.99/$19.99/€24.99 for a monthly subscription
• You can cancel your subscription from your Play Store account settings at any time but you must turn off auto-renewal at least 24 hours before the end of the current period to avoid being charged again

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Updated on
May 19, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

43.1K reviews
DC Palter
May 20, 2022
I love the Economist. I hate this broken app. The "legacy" app was perfect until the Economist kneecapped it by making me log in every time I opened it. Here are the bugs that make it unusable. 1. As I'm scrolling down the page, suddenly an entire paragraph gets selected for copying. That pushes the entire window down from where I was reading. I have to tap again to unselect, then scroll up to find my place. This happens 1 or 2 times per article. 2. If I hover my finger too long over the screen (like more than a second), it turns on a block of magnification. This leaves a block of text about the size of a word in the middle of screen. There is no way to undo this other than closing the app and starting over. It looks like the app is turning on accessibility features that I have turned off. This happens on none of my other 100 apps including the Economist Legacy app, so it appears to be bugs in this app rather than a phone (google pixel) problem. App has been uninstalled, reinstalled, cache cleared, etc. multiple times with no improvement. Beyond that, I find the navigation annoying and far less user friendly than the legacy app. Maybe I'm old school, but I like reading the pub from leaders to obit. There is no way to keep my place and start again from where I was. Each time I open the app, I have to navigate to the weekly edition, then scroll through the articles to find where I left off. The legacy app would automatically open to the last article I read and that was far better. Please fix this app. I love The Economist. I really want to read it.
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Mark Gluck
May 15, 2022
I prefer the legacy app, in spite of it becoming increasingly inconvenient to use - I have to log in every time now. That said, this new app is user unfriendly. Download on the legacy app takes 10 seconds. This app takes 2-3 minutes. Likely because it's downloading the audio too, but I don't want it! Should be a way to set the download to be text only, audio only, or both! The legacy app will auto-rotate the screen which makes viewing Kal's cartoon better. Not so this app. Delete.
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Rob Parker
May 6, 2022
The Economist itself is stellar, both with regard to content, and in the audio edition the quality of their readers. The app continues to be a major problem, most recently because it is so slow. When you push a button, nothing will happen for several seconds, if you're lucky, or otherwise for a minute or more -- There's no way to tell if the program has frozen, is loading something, or ....?? I love The Economist, but I hate this app!
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The Economist Newspaper
May 24, 2021
Thanks for the feedback - we're aware of the logging out issue and we have a fix coming very shortly, along with some performance improvements. Thanks for sticking with us! - Laura

What's new

• Improved audio reliability when switching from other media playing apps
• Improved OS notification controls stability
• Fixed an issue with long load times when playing audio from download
• A refresh of the navigation bar
• General bug fixes