Too much of what I found on the feed were bloggers who seemed to be driven strictly by opinion. If I could filter them out I would keep the app. The design is great, but the opinion blogs are deal breakers. Edit post developer response: I love seeing a wide variety of news, but too much of what is being published on the thread is from wildly unreliable sources. I follow Fox News as closely as I follow CNN or MSNBC. I wouldn't call Breitbart, VOX, or Politico reliable news. They are almost completely driven by opinion.
Used to act as an offline newsreader. While I had wifi, I could download 100 articles. Now it only grabs the titles. Ugh. What good are the titles to stories I can't read? No way to mark items as "save for later reading". Ugh. No way to even mark items as "read" either. Big Ugh. Constantly have to hit "smartview" button every time I read EVERY article. 1000x Ughs. No way to make "smartview" my default setting. Ugh. No way to change "update frequency" based on wifi VS cell data connection. Expensive! No way to blacklist "news" sites that aren't really "news" at all. Annoying ads trying to appear as news stories. Time to delete this mess.
Functionally this is a very good app, however the degree of bias in the choice of sources here in the UK is pretty bad: The overwhelming majority of the articles are by The Guardian, HuffPost, and Independent, then some BBC, resulting in a very one sided view of the world if this is where you get all your news from, and it's obvious who the creator of the app sides with in the upcoming general election. I was looking for a news aggregator, not propaganda...
This is from a foreign view. I get the impression that most of news from various media outlets are so negative about the US presidency and government. They have become incorrigible haters of President Trump. Hey, your president represents your country! Why so much disrespect? You bring him down and you bring down your country with you! The daily negative news from mainstream media has become so toxic that I always have a headache reading it. Enough. Love your country. Respect your president who works so hard for you and the country. Cooperate. Stop bashing him ad infinitum.
Do not update to the latest version. The only new thing this version does is introduce advertising AND it freezes your phone. There are now multiple advertisements per page. This combined with their poor curation and inclusion of known fake news sites makes the latest version unusable. Best advice is to find an old APK for the app and pay close attention to the sources (e.g. they consider clickhole and the onion as actual news providers).
Would love for an option to make smartreader the default over web view, just to minimize data usage and not have to always switch. Also needs notifications for breaking news
- General bug fixes.
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