SmartNews: Local Breaking News

Contains ads
4.1
636K reviews
50M+
Downloads
Content rating
Teen
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About this app

SmartNews is the award-winning news app downloaded by 50+ million readers in 150+ 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.

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

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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.

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Awarded Best News App:
- Best App of the Year, 2013 (Japan) - Google
Updated on
Jan 26, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
4.1
636K reviews
Jeff Stutz
January 28, 2023
I've been using this app for years now and it is nearly perfect for these reasons: 1. Using it regularly guarantees that what you want to read is what is displayed. 2. All viewpoints are shown on a topic 3. While ads are shown, they normally are not intrusive and at times can actually be interesting. I say nearly perfect because there is one annoying trait that occasionally occurs: 1. After reading an article, an add pops up which does not allow itself to be closed, even after timing out.
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Rogers Perspectives
January 29, 2023
I used to like this app, even when it sometimes stalled. The selection of news for me was largely on target, giving me what I needed to know in advance of some questions I get. Recently, however, the ads have included audio that remains on even if all the settings have audio off. This is simply not acceptable--I look at the app when I have free moments, like waiting for the start of a meeting, and I cannot have my phone unexpectedly blurting out an ad. The biggest offender is Verizon.
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Sandi Pearce
January 29, 2023
I get partial stories, as little as a couple of sentences, and then nothing or I have to subscribe to a hundred different publications. If I have to do that, I don't need Smart News and all the thousands of ads. Useless, except for SOME COVID news, and that's not worth it. I keep getting sports stories. I hate sports, all sports, and I've made that clear in my preferences.
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SmartNews, Inc.
April 12, 2021
Hello Sandi, Most subscription-based sites will allow you to read a handful of articles per week or per month, so we include them in the mix. Some paywalled sites are still accessible if you swipe over to SmartView, but if you have any specific examples of sites that have completely blocked their content, we'll take a look into it! - SmartNews

What's new

- New publishers include Park City News, On Tap Sports, and more!