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  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Version: 4.1.5
  • Size: 2.52M
  • Compatibility: 2.2 and up
  • Author: SmartNews, Inc.
  • Content rating: Teen
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  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Version: 4.1.6
  • Size: 27.4 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: SmartNews, Inc.
  • Content rating: You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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SmartNews — The News Blues Review

All the authors that work on this project are required to follow our guidelines. To make the most out of the app testing process, our authors launch it on various smartphones and tablets with not only the latest OS', but also the previous ones.

SmartNews is an intelligent news-aggregator app available for mobile platforms. It allows you to get the freshest and most interesting news on all topics from every world’s corner, from just one app.

More than 10 million Smart News downloads only confirm that this application has outstanding functionality - it delivers news on various topics, to people from Japan to Norway like a clockwork on a daily basis.

Functionality 5/5
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Just like a dog carrying a newspaper, SmartNews provides you with the trending stories from all over the world.

The app consists of various categories, also known as channels, that you might be interested in:

  • US News.
  • Worlds News.
  • Sports.
  • Science.
  • Entertainment.
  • Life Style.
  • Top Stories.

As soon as you launch a category by tapping on it, you will see a list of stories: every article is illustrated with a picture (thumbnail) and a headline in bold type.

What makes SmartNews really enjoyable though, is its ability to let you get your dosage of the latest news if the connection is switched off or unavailable. It's possible due to the pre-loading mechanism, so the pieces of news are kind of cached, after which you can read them even during a plane flight.

Moreover, you can "command the app to bring you the news at a specific time. Select up to three day periods, when the news can be delivered - regularly it's morning -> afternoon -> evening and read the stories without risking to miss something important or interesting. The app notifies you of every fresh delivery, but this feature can be disabled.

Design 5/5

SmartNews is neatly branched into categories, each of which has its own, eye-friendly color. The interface is quite intuitive, so you won't have to wrap your head around functionality of every tab.

It works smoothly and no major glitches or bugs have been spotted, during a field test. Swiping among channels and stories feels effortless, again thanks to the news being preloaded. You don't have to let the connection dictate how big the responsiveness of the app will be.

Usability 4.5/5

The app allows you to stay tuned and keep the track of the latest trends easily, 24/7.

SmartNews collaborates only with the top news providers and most reliable sources from all of the world, filtering fake, unchecked stories. Thanks to that it managed to become one of the most popular news apps both in the US and Japan.

Besides, it offers customization options. For example, you may alter how the interface looks or add your own channels from the available news sources. You can choose Fox News and the app will create an exclusive channel only for this news outlet. However, you need to make sure the publisher you want to add as a standalone channel has an agreement with SmartNews.

After you have read all the preloaded stories, you can tap on the refresh button and receive an influx of updates.

Cross-platform Use 4.5/5

Currently, SmartNews is available for iOS and Android devices.

The Android version requires 3.2 MB of free space and works on almost every version, including Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The iOS app needs 41.3 MB of vacant space and at least iOS 9.0. No Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Amazon Kindle or PC versions are available at the moment.

In-app Purchases

SmartNews is free to download and features no additional purchases. Ads are the only source of monetization in the app.


SmartNews is a very clever and intuitive news aggregator. It allows you to enjoy your reading even when on a plane or in a tunnel, where the connection is unavailable.

It makes sure to supply you with the freshest and trusted information on everything going on in the world and the armada of its partners includes such big names as BBC, Reuters, CNN, CNet, and many others.

The only drawback is perhaps that the local news isn't displayed much and SmartNews won't help you to keep track of what's going on in your area. 



If you work in a financial or political sphere, if you are passionate about fashion and trends or like to know about what's happening in the world - Downloading SmartNews is inescapable for you.

Pros : Clean, uncluttered interface;
News can be read without internet;
Thematic news channels;
The app is free

Cons : Limited number of sources;
No local news;
Not every publisher can be turned into a channel

Functionality 5

Design 5

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 4.5

Average : 4.8


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  • How can I get SmartNews for Windows 10?

    There is no desktop version of this app. You can only download it from App Store and Google Play. Also, there is the extension for Google Chrome browser.

  • Where can I download SmartNews for Android?

    You can get it for free on Google Play.

  • Where can I read SmartNews reviews?

    You can read user reviews on official markets of the app like Google Play, or you can search video-reviews on the YouTube.

  • Is SmartNews liberal?

    Some users noticed too many liberal news, but developers answered that SmartNews is optimized to provide news from both sides.

  • How to get SmartNews app for Kindle?

    It seems there is no Kindle version of this app.


  • LP
    Linda P Wright
    11 months ago
    I need smart news for Kendal tablet.
  • BM
    Barnie M Jones
    11 months ago
    Where is the people we sent to Washington?
  • B
    1 year ago
    All people want to know about events happening in the world fastly and objectively. Smartnews is program that meets these requirements. You can have information from many world news resources in one derivation.All people want to know about events happening in the world fastly and objectively. Smartnews is program that meets these requirements. You can have information from many world news resources in one derivation.After upgrading works good.Sometimes slows
  • D
    1 year ago
    SmartNews is a terribly app. Much of what appears in the various hard news feeds is not news at all, but rather liberal-leaning op-eds.

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