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BBC News

Posted by BBC Worldwide (Ltd) in News & Magazines | Sept. 21, 2016 | 212 Comments

Apk file size: 3.6 MB

The BBC News app has been completely redesigned with a fresh look and feel to bring you more content, greater personalisation and better overall performance. So you can get more of the news that matters to you.

Key features:
Top Stories brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.
My News is a newly introduced feature allowing you to personalise your news offering.
Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about.
Stories from topics you add will appear in your personalised My News feed. Here you can order stories by topic or time, and use the Manage Topics screen to stay on top of the news of the day.
You can also switch the My News by Topic screen to a more traditional carousel view from the Settings screen.

Find content fast
The app can suggest topics based on stories you’ve recently viewed and what’s in the news now.
And you can quickly find topics that interest you using the Topic Search. Choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health, or search for your own subjects of interest, whether they’re people, places, things or themes.

More of the news you care about
We now offer a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, including:
- Most Read and Most Watched. Keep on top of popular stories across the BBC, regularly updated throughout the day
- Live BBC World Service Radio. Expertise and insight from our journalists available 24-hours a day and ready to listen to in the background as you browse
- Read the best journalism from BBC correspondents
- Access to our full range of video and audio
- Photo galleries and full-screen images

Other features:
- Push notifications for breaking news stories
- Video over cellular and wifi
- Improved offline experience. Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them at your leisure
- Viewing modes. See more stories per index by choosing ‘Compact layout’ from the Settings screen
- Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background
- Share stories to your social networks, or email/SMS to a friend
- Support for dynamic text. The app will respect the font size in your device settings so you can increase or decrease the story text size as suits your preference
- Related stories, related topics. Go deeper into a storyline with suggestions for further reading and viewing and a range of topics related to each story

If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by ProcessOne on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service.
No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed. The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy, available at
You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications from your device’s Notifications screen: locate the BBC News app icon from the list and turn off ‘Allow Notifications’.

Whats new

    We are making monthly updates to improve performance and fix issues we identify from your feedback.

BBC Worldwide (Ltd) part of our News & Magazines and have average installs from 10000000 to 50000000. Last Update Sept. 21, 2016. Google play rating is 85.6781. Current verison is Varies with device. Actual size 3.6 MB.

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Bruce MacPherson

Does this app EVER update news articles? A tiny dribble of headlines changing is the only way I know its working at all. Otherwise most articles stay on for weeks! BBC, can you really find no other news except a lady mistaking a hat on the road for a parrot nearly A MONTH AGO!!!

Robert Lennon

App gets updates but stories don't! Great app. Generally up to date with breaking news, but some articles have been there for more than two weeks. Come on BBC, you can do much better than this.

Jeni Haney

Widget? What happened to the widget? It disappeared from my home screen and I can't get it back. The app is still installed on my phone, but it no longer has the option for a widget. Please fix and I will give a higher rating.

Venjie Lozada

Best news mobile application I hope those news seekers try this BBC App because it works as what it was stated on their page. Now i can view latest news updates around the world by simply clicking my settings and watch the best breaking news. So download now and try.

Andrew Barr

Big improvements! The new update for lollipop/KitKat is really, really well done. The interface has huge improvements compared to previous versions of the app. To the IDIOTS that don't understand refresh rates: open the app, go to settings and modify your update frequency! Don't blame app developers for your stupidity.

Will Hourihan

Great Great, but it would be even better if you could click on the images. It can be difficult to see them sometimes.

Lap Fung Lee

I feel it's a bit too much that it blinks RED light on my phone when the Duchess gave birth to a baby. Why the world should care about it?

A Google User

Best app for world news Show me any other news app for catching up with the breaking stories across the world!! Maybe Al Jazeera comes close. BBC might not be totally unbiased but it provides more in-depth coverage than any other news outlet. And the app is pretty smooth and easy to navigate.

Bill Renaud

Best News App! Extremely efficient on data usage, as it is 90% text and 10% pictures or video. Also allows the user to easily arrange the news categories, although I wish the menu choice were "arrange categories" instead of simply "edit". I also like the ability to manually update the stories (double circle button at the top).

Nigel Chin Chee Liang

Not as smooth as it once was It used to be very smooth, and updates to the news doesn't take too long. Now it lags quite a lot.

Scott Belcourt

Updates? Helloooo If your app continuously fails to update, or requires clearing RAM and restarting the app to 'jump start' the download of fresh articles, what good is it? Im not even talking about the fact that most feeds get about 2 new articles every day.... i expected much better peeformance from such a big name in news

Bob Newman

Would have given it four, perhaps five stars but ads have started appearing at the bottom of the pages. I loathe being inflicted with advertising. I understand the need for revenue and would happily pay for the app but not by being subjected to advertising. I will delete the app unless it becomes ad free.

Tran Ha Loc

I can't believe this app belongs to British Broadcast Corporation I can't load the contents. I try to install again and again, but fail to load the contents again. Can you fix this? And I'll give you 5 stars.

Andrew Johnston

Reads as if cut and pasted by the tea lady. Would be better if news items were updated more often than every 5 or 6 days

Gagesh Madaan

Easy news reading ,great user interface and customisation of news is good...what I dont like is sometimes reading on this small screen....if possible please find a solution for this problem also.thanku

Tim Nesham

Vids hang I had to get a new phone, which has Lollipop, but now the embedded video content just hangs. It never stops spinning. It would be nice if that could be fixed. Otherwise the news content is great.

Matt Schenk

Great News App Simple, powerful interface with relevant news stories. Great app!

A Google User

Potentially the best Video can't be played in portrait mode. When switching to another app and back, it forgets the position in the page you have reached and starts again from the top. It would be nice to have pictures available for offline view and an option to see older news.

Kristen Hulme

Decent It doesn't have nearly the depth of information you could get just by going to BBC's website, but it's good to skim quickly each morning and evening. The widget just really uglies up my screen, though, so I don't keep it on my home screen. Some customization choices for the widget, like an option to make it clear would make all the difference.

Jay Cornea

Hopelessly out of date news items (4-5 days) and these are repeated in several categories. I prefer Euronews' format - succinct and updated regularly, and easy to scroll.

Joseph Bartel

Liberal bs Looked at it, uninstalled it within 10 seconds. Saw an article that said Israel killed palistinian millitants. They're terrorist, not millitants. What millitants hide behind women and children and strap them with explosives. Dig terror tunnels and purposely launch rockets into crowds of innocent people. Libs are dumb and so is this ap.

Justin Moore

Layout too Cluttered This may just be a personal feeling, but I find the app layout to be way too cluttered and it makes the experience more difficult than it should be. The content itself is top notch

Tinotenda Madziro

The app as it is The design is not to good to much scrolling left and right, also the fact that one is not able to zoom sucks please fix that. The news is very well presented and quite accurate. The app also need to get rid of old articles more quickly. The app also needs to remember where you were when you switch to another app or rotate th screen. The breaking news update are a great idea. I should be able to listen to the news. This app needs a lot of fixing.

Simon Kirby

Bloody Brilliant I didn't realize I hadn't rated this app already, but it's bloody brilliant, probably my favorite app as I've used it for years and I check it out several times a day. I'm pretty busy and don't get to watch the news very often but this is better as it's global and I can check it out when I get the chance. Well done BBC!, now for God sake reinstate Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear and be kings out the world again.


Great app, use daily to get the latest news in the various sections I'm interested in. Easy to use, easy to customise, no complaints :)

Sergio Tejada Moscoso

Superb Works great!! Accurate news, fast working, clean design, no problem at all! It's highly recommend.

A Google User

Poor design Could be a lot better, expect a more user friendly application. Too much scrolling left and right.

Alejandro Quijano

Great app, a bit disappointed Great news, great app, easy to navigate the news. But I'm a bit disappointed to see the videos freeze, the sound keeps coming out but the image stays still

Teddy Taylor

BBC News this is one of the best news sources ever and I enjoy using it because of the news when and how the news should be given freely and openly and truthfully it's not regulated by somebody's money and otherwise it's good news is real news is I just miss you babe and I love it thank you

Ong xue min

Great app with formidable flaws Simple and fresh interface. User-friendly. However, the news segment cannot be refreshed via data roaming. It can only be refreshed via wifi. In my opinion, the only disappointing factor. Otherwise, lovely app!

Ali Raaj

Excellent It is best chanel in the world .especially top gear I love it. It is soo professional and lovely to watch thanks BBC .We love you .And your news are upto date .excellent

Franz Fabie

Currently the winner ! " #1 News app of the decade" Thank you BBC for this piece of app perfection! Ive been searching for so long. The best interface. Simple split screen. Topics on the left and articles on the right. So easy to use. The articles have masterful synopsis without those endless external links that spoils offline reading. The app updates content(headlines,articles, etc) , AND ONLY content. No bloated videos and advertisements or annoying ploys to sepparate you from your money. No "special features" that comes only with a "paid subscription" and wherein the feature usuallly proves itself to be as valuable as a banana hammock! If you are looking for an offline newsreader then look no further, this is it.

Ethan Tabacco

I love the BBC I love this app, it has made getting news (that isn't the provocative, incredibly biased, mindless garbage that is the "news" here in America) easy.

john pierre

Ads? Bloody hell! Not in my bbc app too now? I had a filthy ad pop up: ugghhh ptooey! THE BBC AREN'T SUPPOSED TO ADVERTISE..IT'S SACRILEGE. THIS APP WILL BE UNINSTALLED IF THIS BULLSH☆T PERSISTS.

Edwin Marzon Gante

App closes automatically It's been my favorite news app but it suddenly closes automatically whenever i tap the 'UPDATE'. Surely does the app updating the news but it suddenly shuts down. Plss fix this :(

Luveh Keraph

Fine again Update: The latest update (25/11/14) seems have solved the problem described below for me. Going back to four stars. The missing star is due to the BBC's cavalier attitude concerning this defect, which affected many people, despite being told over and over again. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not any longer After reading a few news items, all of a sudden, no news items load any more. You just get a blank screen. This is EXTREMELY irritating, BBC people, all the more so because it used to work correctly until a few months ago. It is not just my device; it happens with many devices out there. The BBC guys have been told many, many times already, but they do not seem to care. Giving it one star only because I cannot give any less. An update: Still no feedback from the BBC on this one. If they are going to fix it, it will be whenever they feel like it. It would seem that our complaints are falling on deaf ears. One star is the least one can give here, but they don' t deserve even that.

A Google User

Bias We can choose to say someone "failed" to do something or that they "did not" do something. The use of the word "failed" exposes bias when it is used to support an opinion. This is especially true when the bias is presented in an article that concerns a US court case that BBC evidently hasn't reviewed in its entirety. The article should be under the opinion section. Unfortunately, I will have to delete this app.

Derek FerguSon

BBC News Absolutely brilliant, updated as things happen. You are able to select the tye of news you wish to follow. No better way t be totally aware and up to be totally aware of what is happening in the world. Sadly, the general tone is about war, racism and horrendous atrocities in the corrupted name of religion. This comes from a lifelong non believer.

Jacobo Matta

Good but spelling errors This app is great if you want unbiased news. It is well designed however, such a large news Corp like bbc should be able to hire editors or get new ones because there is an inexcusable amount of spelling errors. I will give 5 once this is fixed

Eva S.

Pleas fix this... When I open the app it just gives me a blank, black screen. I'll gladly give five stars but only if I can actually see the content...

Андрей Федотов

Отлично - Do you speak English? Yesliby... Thank you for app!

Александр Битардович

BBC ADD PLZ!!1111 Please add the Russian language

Станислав Башкатов

Excellent app, l use it with pleasure! Thanks

Олег Нечаев

Good! For knowing news, for learning language. Thanks!

Fedor Vitge

Night mode Add background setting option please

Виктор Латышевич

Articles often do non update, though the internet connection is ok.

Владимир Говор

Good Russian language will be better!

Erty Poe

Need an updated version. I like bbc they make me connected to the world. Anyhow i don't like much the way this app has been organized. Moreover this app does not give me notifications as other local apps do, which i used to get on iphone, it only gave once or twice, even after i reinstalled it. So i hope they would soon update this app with better features and fixed bugs.

Rob H

Moved to RT News... This app sucks. Seeing the same news story under different headings day after day is not news. Time to look at what the competition is doing before you the BBC becomes obsolete. Also enjoying unbiased news instead of "all about me" news (West)

A Google User

Best app for world news Show me any other news app for catching up with the breaking stories across the world!! Maybe Al Jazeera comes close. BBC might not be totally unbiased but it provides more in-depth coverage than any other news outlet. And the app is pretty smooth and easy to navigate.

Portraito Netelo

Wonderful Been using it for 2yrs and writing a review now. BBC app is one awesome companion for keeping abreast to World events. App has small footprint and many practical widgets to choose from. News is up-to-date and to the point. I do not leave my phone without it. Good job devs, keep it up!

Andrew Johnston

Reads as if cut and pasted by the tea lady. Would be better if news items were updated more often than every 5 or 6 weeks.

Juwon Kwon

Frustrating I like using this app the most for the news but why doesn't it update anymore when I initially open the app? This feature lost is very frustrating. I will give a star back if you reimplement this feature

Kawila Miller

Obtrusive ads They really went crazy adding ads that pop into every screen...whether browsing headlines or reading a story, they don't let you scroll an entire page without a flashing, animated advertisement popping up. This is a lame update. I'll stop using BBC, unless I can roll back to an older version

Calvin Lieu

Love the content but want a dark mode I really wish there was an option to switch it to dark mode. It would be easy to implement and save my eyes and battery. It would also look great with the red bbc logo. 5 star for content, 3 for the layout and theme.

Jared Nel

Needs fixed Live news rarely works

Carole Dubreuil

Good app Very informative

Samit Khare

Mysupercutecupcakes - it's OK This app is kind of okay, but nothing really happens cause when I touch a video it was talking about something else but, none of the things I wanted it to be about so I really don't want to play this app but is kind of fun.? + :) - : D

Rocio Hoyer

For an older version The older version was much better. Not intrusive ads, and I loved the fact that I could just READ the news in silence, for the videos now you have to have ear buds if you are in a public area or a plane. The summary they give with the videos is more like an introduction to the news.


Very handy This app is extremely easy to set for the news you want and for the most part offers real journalism rather than the nonsense you see flying around social media from "legitimate sources", keep up the good work

Nicole Erny

Great news, ok app The app used to be sleeker, now it is a little hrder to find the sections you want to browse. This is minor, since the overall content is great. I also wish I could turn off breaking news for sections I don't want notifications about, like sports.

Brianna Sepulveda

I get my American news from BBC Getting my daily national news from BBC greatly reduces any hysteria and a lot of sensationalization. The reports are brief and factual, actually reporting news, and not opinion. Only the broadest and most interesting national topics get covered, and often they're cross listed as entertainment or science, so you really get an accurate sense of what is actually important.

Dwayne Favre

A great find! Found BBC news app by chance after Daily Mail Online sabotaged their own app. BBC has a great layout and easy navigation. 5 stars, just don't fix what's not broke! *wink wink, Daily Mail Online*

dru gus

Good but the ads have ruined it He ads have really become too much. Automatic videos playing, pop-ups everywhere, and ads that interrupt the article have become rampant.

David d'Ancona

Just Use Chrome Much of BBC's content does not work in this app, especially stories with embedded video or graphics. All that content is available on BBC's website--where it works. So this app just breaks BBC's content, while wasting valuable storage space on your device. Pointless.

Pankaj Yadav

Not smooth but the live news sometimes does not stream properly. Contents are the US and the Eurozone based, not much for Asia or India even in my news section until the news goes viral... And word or sentence copy option should be improved like selected word should be automatically copied. Overall satisfactory.

Peter C. Equality Frank

Love it One of the best news apps out there. Would be nice if we could configure notification sound and had ability to receive breaking news pop-up alerts especially on subjects we're interested in, perhaps via keyword or when the BBC service Isis a breaking news alert. It's started crashing unexpectedly and often going to a news story from an alert doesn't bring up the story but rather a blank page with links to news categories. ?

Tracy Vu

Flawless News App Not only is the BBC the best news source that is almost always reliable, but the app works perfectly. The pop up ads can be slightly annoying, but it does not retract from the app. It is easy to read articles and find ones that I am interested in.

Sam Traxler

Helpful The BBC app brings quick recent news. It appears to have a slightly left leaning bias and the new update has introduced ads but these are my only complaints. Otherwise great app

Sam Anyona

Best news app ever! Full stop! Great layout, offline reading, customisable refreshing and all the latest content available.. Other news app developers should borrow a leaf.

Rohan D'Souza

I prefer the older BBC News app before the drastic change to the current one. I feel overloaded with information in the current app version. The category tab takes up space along with the navigation bar thus further reducing space for content. I would really prefer a much cleaner layout of the content because it's that which actually drives the app.

Kevin Hu

Disruptive full screen popup ads Used to love it before the layout change, got used to the new layout eventually though still prefer old layout, having banner ad in the news articles I can understand, but recently as I'm swiping to the next news story a fullscreen ad would pop up, which I find incredibly disruptive. Please limit ads to non-intrusive ones.

Nat D

Intermitent article loading Some days, articles load with no issue. Other days, main articles stop loading (after working for other napolean bonbons articles)--only related links or no content at all. Even after repeated refreshes, and phone reboot. Wifi working for other apps. Samsung Galaxy S4.

Max Archer

Best News APP around BBC News is my go to news source. I like that they have great local and international news. I also love that their coverage of American politics is completely none partisan, unlike all the US news sources, which are all bias towards one party/faction or the other. I love that I can create a news feed, for a specific country, state, county or even town. I am an American who grow up in England, so I have created a news feed for the county and town I grow up in over there. Obviously do not get much popup on the county or town feed, but I like to get the major stories when I can.

Vincent Gaines

Not so happy with new format The most recent update is working much better 2016. I preferred the old format and the ability to read off line. The look of bbc was the reason I chose to read my news here instead of that retarded annoying flip book. Now bbc has become infected with marketing knuckle heads who are following the bad work that others are producing. Cannot see most pictures, slow to load and much harder to find the content I want to read they really ruined a fine format for the sake of new.

Sergio Fuentes

I dislike the ads I liked the old subtle ads much better also all that flashing is annoying for ads. They need a better way of displaying those ads in a more pleasing way. All in all I always enjoy BBC news content especially their magazine section

Umust B. Kidn

Liberal bias but great app Perhaps it goes without saying but BBC has a very obvious liberal bias in many articles. What makes this readable are the non-political articles, and I really like the way things are organized; programming is quite solid. Really wish there was a way to comment on articles, but that's how liberals quash disagreement - there's no free speech in Britain. Oh well. Anyway, if you can stomach the liberal bs, this is an otherwise fine app.

A Google User

It's been downhill all the way since the "new" version of the app. Not only has the quality of the articles declined over the years, the app has become a bloated unfriendly disaster, and now the advertising has become increasingly intrusive. I give up - a loyal BBC reader for a decade and a half but I'm uninstalling now. What a shame, because the old app was simple and did exactly all it needed to do.

Raphy Hanani

One of th most bias news sources ever The news is so bias it is unethical. Not even one consideration to actual facts and just agenda pushing stories when it comes to the current Syrian invasion by a foreign force or as they put it "civil war". Assad was democratically elected in 2014 which should of ended "civil war". But not under your democracy. Where you don't win the election you create mass hysteria and support terrorists while propping them up as moderate and civilians to end real democracy. God bless Russia. Download RTnews delete BBC


Best British Cheese It's the BBC, I didn't expect anything less than a top mature site.

Patrick Nourse

The best non partisan news source Hey I am American but these guys call the shots as they see them. The BBC puts npr to shame.

Amir Haleem Syed

Brilliant All the breaking news on the go. Very dependable. Content is customisable and layout is user friendly.

Shankar Sharma

Great news app I use BBC news for getting my daily news. They have articles and information that is biased... Unlike some of the other news agencies. The app works great and updates everyday. Highly recommended.

Teza Tez

Great App Love the content delivery, but as a little more lag than Bloomberg.

Andrii Mazur

Last update is great. Many thanks! Few persistent bugs have been fixed and overall performance now is better. Although, the Live service still isn't working.

Sarath John

Good!! I love the new update. But takes some time to get used to it!! Lots of new topics are included! Thanks alot!!

peter jeffrey

Great app but....... Something wrong with the way ads continue to block out text in reports. Understand why the ads exist but having acknowledged them they should disappear...currently they linger!

A Google User

Live Radio Broken Downgraded from 5 to 1 stars for broken Live Radio. This makes it two updates now and Live Radio feature still broken. I'm on a Samsung S6 Edge for crying out loud, probably the most popular Android device this year and yet you did not use one to test your app? Disappointed.

Richard Ballam

Richard Ballam An excellent news service! A "must visit" every day for my world wide news 'hit'. Thanks, BBC.

David Lightfoot

Much Better The original version of this app was poor but the upgrade is a great improvement. Much more informative and up to date. Good job.

Bill Gaydon

A go-to app, no doubt. But I find it puzzling that it offers no live streaming of News video. Cant think of another major News broadcaster app without such an option. Website offers it....geoblock it if you must, just add it already! Cheers

Roger Coley

My news source! The BBC is my go to app for reliable reporting. If I question a report from a different news platform, I check it against the BBC.

Glenn Warnes

Accurate? As an Englishman I used to revere the BBC, but now I live abroad realise it is mainly a propaganda tool for the Government. I am not saying it is politically biased, it is the same as other major news media in that regard but it does report what it is supplied and who is the biggest supplier of news? The government's of the world! As some one that wants to see honest reporting I understand why both RT and AL Jazeera are going in popularity.

Bob Stuart

good news coverage. the layout is a little busy and kind of hard to find the various sections, but best free news app I've used to date.

Lindsay Hasken

Good news app Fast, accurate, worldwide news.

Matthew Tan

Bbc news Also the latest update

Jonathan Rutschky

Best mobile news UI in the business Easy to navigate and use! Other news services take note. Update 2/2016: since the format change I've tried to keep the love affair going. The news is still good but it's not so easy to navigate anymore.

Mr Brown

Boring with very little news This news app is a very short read. Many of the news stories appear 2, 3 or 4 times under different categories. Then there are the random questions in the middle of an article that may be answered five paragraphs down. Then there are the articles that are out of date by a few days and you have already read. Hopefully BBC news online will be cut. There are better news apps out there.

Gordy K

An Absolute News App Essential newspapers and audio with this application. BUT app has severe problems, on Droid Turbo device heats up crashes phone, on Nexus 5 or 6 application shuts off, msg can't play try later. BBC does NOT care about USA listeners.

Anna Harris

Best news app Always the most quickly and accurately updated news feed with great global coverage. Living in the US it's all too easy to forget the rest of the world matters and this app is the best way I've found to be a better informed global citizen.

A Google User

This new layout is Awful There's too much going on. The old layout was so much easier to read and manage selected topics. This was a redesign for redesigns sake. It is a solution to a problem that didn't exist. A total shame, as BBC news is usually the best source of news. Uninstalled

A Curtis

Okay but dubious prioritisation of most important stories The app works well ... Never had any problem with crashing. But there are too many videos ... don't want to waste data on videos and their ads. I also find the top three stories in each category often seem to be chosen because they are sensational but not necessarily important like the Russian woman accused of beheading a child.

Yvonne Joseph

I prefer the old version I will definitely keep my BBC News app as I love BBC News - but this updated version I'm not too crazy about. The previous one was simpler, but I've adjusted to the update (hence my updated comment). It's all good. I still love BBC News, and DW. I proudly have both apps on my phone! :o)

Richard W

Not so good now Was my best news app, the adverts drive me insane, some take up nearly half the viewable space, just f***ing ridiculous

Sleepy John

Forced into using this app As a devoted follower of Beeb broadcasts for over 70 years, starting first with a crystal set and graduating to a free-to-air satellite dish farm here in the Asia-Pacific, where I'm now a UK expat pensioner, I suddenly find myself forced to use this app due to the Beeb inexplicably ceasing its BBC World News free-to-air TV service in this region. Shame, but am trying to make the best of this bad job situation.

Cecil Jacob

Draining Battery The battery monitor APP repeatedly notifies that BBC News is draining battery of the device. This did not occur with the older versions.

Andrew Howe

Better than most American news sources The title says it all. Still has the fluff to be expected with media, and it doesn't make the news any less depressing. It just makes it slightly better than hate-filled rhetoric of the Foxes and MSNBCs. Also, the fact that you can read it in a British accent may make the horror a touch more bearable. Enjoy!

David Ways

New design is terrible What was once the best news app has now become a mess. It looks like a bad version of the CNN app but slower. Takes ages to load. No longer possible to work properly offline either. Won't load on slow connection. I am now searching for the old apk or a new way to get the BBC news as it was. Completely unnecessary new design. You can make the new design somewhat show like the old by selecting "carousel" view. 3.6 still terrible in terms of new look.Now there are big ugly ads in the middle of the screams.


Not as good as the previous app App constantly refreshes news stories every time I return to the main page. This results in too often being sent to the top of the page or to a different news story to the one I wanted to read.

Donna Waldroup

Accurate infomaion It's nice to go to your site and get all the latest days events, breaking news, and know what is going on in our world.

John Stubbs

Always my First Stop After a 30 year career in the international security affairs field, this is my go-to choice for a least biased - most globally reaching - daily update. Supplement with The Economist, and you'll always be on top of global events and issues.

Ingrid Truemper

My go-to app whenever I have wait time. It saves my life on long travel days; offline access is great. My favorite are the more offbeat international stories. Only one small irritation: When I scroll through the horizontal video feed it's very easy to accidentally load the next tab instead (My News). A redesign to avoid this would be welcome.

Mark Britton

The Best If you really are interested in knowing what is happening in the World, the BBC is the source. The others claim to be "news organizations"; they're more focused on entertaining, or keeping their fan base happy. Here you find NEWS

Marlboro-man Mat

Better, but still flawed with ads. BBC World is my go-to source for news information. Whilst the original version was quite superior, recent updates have improved usability of the disastrous redesign of approx 1year ago. However, I must raise my concern regarding advertising on the site. This could - and history shows it has with other news agencies - skewer the presently unbiased approach to reporting.

Mir Arman Faruk

New update full of glitches I have been using BBC app for nearly 3 years. Never had any problem until the latest update. It causes problem in loading the news after going through few articles. The live coverages of news and sports events doesn't refresh and after a while goes blank. Plus previous versions used to upload almost all articles in cache which was helpful to read while offline. Now I need to constant wifi connection. Please take care.

Andrew Stevenson

My news app of choice The BBC news app provides informative and well written news articles. The layout is clear and aesthetically pleasing, with a good balance of international content. The ability to customize by topic is a real plus.

Christina Hickok

Start my morning with BBC App works great and delivers all the top news stories from around the world. I check it first thing every morning to stay informed on what's happening on planet earth.

Faruk Menguc

Obnoxious ad videos This used to be a stable and simple app that was becoming of BBC's reputation. Now there are full screen video adds that pop up in the middle of reading an article, AND use up tons of data. BBC TV/radio is ad-free. Why does the app need to be app supported, and in this most annoying way possible? I've uninstalled the app after 2 years of using it daily. What a shame.

James Grozdanovski

Last paragraph missing I often come across articles missing the last paragraph which means I have to go to the website which defeats the purpose of the app and what assume are to be links sometimes show up as plain text.


Awesome always What I say only it's best of best news channel and apps for me bbc keep everything which i need for up to date todays world news in more descriptive and simplest Way's method again its ardour feeling???

Sergio Tejada Moscoso

Superb Works great!! Accurate news, fast working, clean design, no problem at all! It's highly recommend.

James Carlyle-Clarke

Love it but... Love the widgets, happy with how it works. Just two problems: 1) selecting text to copy elsewhere has a lot of problems, it comes out mixed up and won't do more than a paragraph. 2) sometimes the last paragraph or more is cut off from an article.

Jane Purser

Adverts?! The app stopped updating so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it only to find adverts in the middle of news articles. Oh BBC, what a shame. I'm uninstalling it again never to use until adverts are stopped.

Joshua Higgins

Like the new app but.... Why the hell can't i play the BBC world service, i listen to it everyday! The old app was more simple, compact, and i could listen to the world service! Now its saying constantly that it cannot be played due to an error! Its so annoying !! Please fix

erik nell

Bogus election coverage Trusted the BBC for years, but as you have followed in the steps of our bought and paid for American news orginzations in offering a biased and half assed job of covering our election cycle, I'm no longer a customer and will be uninstalling your app.

Michael Scott

Worse, but at least more modern, UI the swipe controls are unreliable, trying to scroll along the stories often results in it changing the whole section, scrolling up to see earlier items often results in it refreshing. The UI feels cluttered in general rather than simple and clean as before. The update is a real step backwards


Reliable and informative One of the best news sources on the planet always consistent to the point and give you exactly what you need - the facts! This allows you to formulate your own opinions! I also love the fact they give you links to the original language reporting

Charlie Bakewell

Much Improved & Still the Best Needs some sort of book-marking function. Seriously requires the ability to read copy and be less reliant upon so much video. LIFE feeds failed three updates back.

Ron F

Was Best News App ... ***Newer version: Long pauses as adverts load. So many adverts in some articles they are not readable. Newer version sometimes uses all CPU processing on Nexus 6, which started happening after the advertising deluge. ****Older version:If you want the news, get this app. Works on every Android mobile device I've owned and works well. It's nice to be able to glance down at your phone and know immediately if something major has happened on our planet and then, with just a click, get the details from the BBC.

Jim Smith

Habit Forming Great app with all the relevant news plus lots of quirky stuff for those non news junkies like me. Love it, except for the obnoxious constantly intruding advertising of course

Christopher Ballentyne

The News App Essential. Only downside is that Live News feeds don't work when using non UK ip address

João Verde

Excellent service I would like to classify the public service of BBC news as the best way to regularly consult how the world is evolving. This app is used by my self regularly. No competitor exist to BBC news - in my humble opinion.

Robert K

True Unbiased News Accurate and politically unbiased news which we can't seem to get anymore here in the USA.

Dipak Poria

Was so good previously Started of as a great news app but with updates it has got worse. It is constantly using power even though i have all background services switched off for this app (ads?). The layout is so cludgy and clumsy. Please go back to the clean, simple and compact layout without intrusive ads and without sneaky background services you cant switch off.

Kevin Holden

Ruined by ads Really annoying periodic full screen ads. In text advert placement , quite disturbing. The app is actually quite good, with good content, but is largely ruined by this excessive and intrusive advertising. Also, after using some time it seems to consume far too much power, despite having (seemingly)closed it..

Jeff Martyka

Current and Unbiased I have been a long time fan of the BBC News and they have never disappointed me. After years of traveling the globe I can count in the BBC to provide extremely accurate and breaking news!

Nick Hill

Best news app out there. Shame about the pop ups Now with annoying pop ups!

Davon A

BBC is so dope Very persistent, very unbiased, very up to date and breaking, great world view and many good topics

Mad Hura

Very nice app !! Excellent speed and quality .. easy customization and catchy layout ...

Pachin Lew

Reliable news source and excellent interface I have been using this app for several months now and I have not encountered any bugs. It runs very smoothly, keeps me up to date on finance, cybersecurity, economics, business, US and UK politics, technology, health, science, and much more. I also really like the customizable homepage/interface features. 5/5 stars

Al D

Now auto plays video ads Loved the app for a long time. Nothing wrong with ads, the world isn't free, but auto playing video ads complete with audio and eating mobile bandwidth are unacceptable. Sad that I'm uninstalling.

David McCaughey

Intrusive Advertising Spoiled and unusable because of aggressive, intrusive advertising. It slows down the app and makes the screen jump about rendering the content illegible.

Nicholas Mwanjohi

Very good Quite informative, capturing breaking news is amazingly speedy and accurate. Consistentency in releasing breaking world news excellent.

Hani Sedhom

What a great app. BBC wins again. The BBC just seems to do everything right. The best news broadcaster on the planet now accompanied by a seamless app on the Android platform.

Rory Warwick

My go-to fast news app The BBC News app is my go-to news vendor and has been for many years due to BBC journalism remaining as accurate and impartial in its reporting as ever. Best feature: Highly detailed customisable 'My News' section. Worst feature: The ever increasing need to get news stories out faster sometimes comes at a cost, sometimes spelling mistakes crop up in articles and its only because I hold this app in such high regard that this bothers me a little. Overall, I wouldn't use anything else.

Jean-Philippe Daoust

New design is rubbish Too bad they still haven't updated the design despite everyone mentioning how they disliked it. To make it even worse now you get those full screen video ads popping up out of nowhere. Absolutely disgusting way to deliver ads, only the purest spamware does worse. Terrible app and getting worse every time. Hardly using the app anymore as it only succeds in making me irate.

Pierre Henry

Great content. In depth analysis and so on. But the so-called improved version is terrible. Very slow to start and display anything useful. Not responsive at all. Navigation is not intuitive. And it regularly crashes. Granted my phone is relatively old. But the previous version worked perfectly. Bring it back and fire the lead developer! Update : it got better with time. Still liked the simplicity of the old app better. Anyway back to 4 stars.

Enda Mc Cormack

The standard of news apps Probably my defining experience with the BBC news app was when I was on my own doing some work one dark winter evening. it was around 8PM and I heard the BBC news intro music, it doesn't happen often, intact I was confused as to what the ringtone meant. I picked up my phone to read the notification... "BREAKING 8 dear in Paris shooting". My stomach sank, I felt sick to my stomach thinking about my European brothers being attacked, I spent that evening glued to the app as the reports rolled in, I followed them on their journey of trying to figure out what what what has happened in one of our great unions greatest cities. I don't think I'll ever forget that evening, but the mixture of great technology and great journalism created a great experience and really helped me, keeping informed as it progressed was a great comfort during what was a really scary, confusing and sad time. For that experience alone I love the BBC news app.

Alex Townsend

Downgrade What happened to the previous app!? I just reset my phone.. google play only offers this now!? Not enjoying it... i will give more stars if I can find out where to download the old version. I know it works as I was using it yestetday...

Verda Hussain

It's my main news source As a busy person I don't usually check much on the news other than what's been trending or what people talk about but this app is thorough and gives details, updates news stories and gives information as soon as possible. I DEFINATELY recommend.

Edmond Alexanian

I prefer the old version Tooooo much. I will not be upgrading the original, on my tablet. If forced to do so, I might give up my morning read. Which would be a pity, as I am an expat in France :(

Naomi Weiß

Finally getting used to the new app I miss that I can't find the sections that I had added under my stories before I updated to marshmallow. I also don't like that now there are ads before videos and occasional full page ads. I guess the UK government doesn't want to subsidize the rest of the world reading the BBC.

Mike S

BBC Rocks Great app with worldwide news on a vast array of topics. Obviously the world is insane so I find no reason to view it daily. Although when I want to know what's happening in the world the BBC is a great place to turn.

Rei Nim

Old one was better The new design is all form over function, and I'm very surprised to see ads in a BBC app. The content is pretty much the only saving grace.

Abdul Mujeeb Mohammed

No live broadcast No live broadcast for global audience. I don't have a TV connection but I can watch NDTV on my 6 yearold TV through Google Chromecast. It may sound a bit awkward but BBC needs to look at NDTV's News App, by far its the best News Channel in India, period.

Gary Boyle

Lately, app asks me, "rotate the screen" I don't have a phone & don't want one. I use 3 tablets and do most of my news reading on the 8 inch one because it is high resolution with great display control. At my age, I do not wish to hold my tablets like a phone. Everything I use is in landscape. Portrait displays smaller videos. I dropped CTV-News for similar interruption, but wish to keep the faith when it comes to BBC News. Is it justified or should I uninstall? TTFN

Andrew Tham

More content, but not as fun to use I like having access to more content in this version. The usablility of the previous app was better but im not limited to so few news items in this version

Hologram Realni

bad oversight It seems every new version is worse than previous one. Seems that those who create these applications are not the readers... they are more interested in some other things, more important to IT people than to the news readers. Please, make it simple again...

Mark Woynicz

BBC no noise LoveBBC as it gets rid of all American political noise and gives you an overview what is really happening in the world.

Yuri Pershin

Ruined by ads Love BBC content, but constant pop up ads and disproportionate amount of adverts vs content on video is extremely frustrating. I have to watch a 30sec ad in front of a 20 second video. At least weigh the length of an ad depending on the length of a video.

Lee G

Pessimist news. Very pro EU bias. As a licence payer I'm shamed this is what we get from a well respected outlet like BBC.

Allen Aslinger

Prefer older app This app is pretty decent but it's not as nice as the previous app. I actually used to go to this app for all my news and now I avoid it a bit. Still a good app though. Maybe I just don't like change. And change is inevitable.

Levester Chaney

Doesnt seem to load "my news" in widget I think this app is a great source of news from around the world. Definitely keeps me informed in what I believe to be a fairly unbiased fashion. The gripe I have with this app is that when I place the widget on my tablet home screen and set it to show "my news", I am unable to see any stories. It only ever shows the load screen. Every other setting option loads just fine. Why can't I see my news stories in the widget??

Richard Jacobsen

REAL News. Great coverage. Being an American political junkie, I definately enjoyed watching your Brexit coverage. I was very surprised to see that you allowb polls in pubs, bus was and even th a back end of trucks. Your coverage of world news is awesome! Your closest competitor of here would be the network on the HBO series News Room

Da Gaming Phoenix !

Bring back the previous version!! The earlier edition of the app had offline support, black theme (which is easier on the eyes for nighttime reads) and didn't have that annoying bug which refreshes the app when you return to the main page. How I miss the old BBC news...

kap'n Squirtz

Crashes upon first use Ads work great but when I open an article it crashes. And after I haven't used the app for hours I get a pop up that it crashed. Thanks for the fantadtic interface! ?

Petko Popov

Old version was better Older revision used to let me view articles offline. There is such thing as being too friendly. I'd love to get the simpler one back

William Meyer

Shortening Glitch I have recently discovered the BBC News app cuts off the end of articles more often than not. Removing an entire final paragraph can entirely change the impact of a story, and there is no option in the app to see the articles in a browser, so to check if I missed anything I have to view them elsewhere. Please fix this!

Michael Torgbui

User friendly, on-point analysis and very resourceful in its provision of accurate and timely information. Highly recommended.

Justin van Schaick

Great app. Good articles, great insights. I like the quality of articles. For example: an article on wether Starbucks can become successful in Italy or not goes in to depth on the coffee culture of Italy. Streaming of videos is terrible; it keeps buffering and never continues. I'll give 5 stars of they fix this.

Desvin Agung

Offline reading problem ? In this new version im often can't read the article when im offline, even when im download the article at home wifi. And the design not as intuitive as the old version.

Nielsen Beatty

Fantastic App is excellent and very user friendly. And as always BBC News is the most thorough and informative world news service. Thank you from Canada!

Yazdi Malu

Timely, accurate, informative and largely unbiased! One of the best news app. Try it, you will be happy you did.

Ger Delaney

Solid news app Good App, only alerts major breaking news not every little thing so you're not getting constantly pinged. Very good.

Albert Don Johnston

Best News App on the web I see a few posted complaints from others, and they are thinking for themselves, still as a news junkie the Guardian in my humble is the best news app on the web.

Shane Bickley

Always have loved BBC The BBC Network has always brought the best news from all over the world. So that's the biggest reason one has to say that they love it. Every news topic is always new and it's always exciting to hear. Hopefully here in the near future the BBC will continue to further their efforts in creating something much better than even what they have in the present.

Javed Arshad

Live BBC Live radio does not work. Please fix this problem.

shittu singh

It's a pleasure to find an update by you people.I mean regularly!!????keep it up!!!!

Bryan Li

Add feature to store article to read offline

Barbara Lester

Easy and logical Well organized, easy to use. It's basically the only place where I get my news.

Brilliant app My main source for news. Thats all folks!

A Google User

My photo News App Unbiased News.. very rare these days

syed tashrifulhaque

The best application of news

Mohammad S Helal

Love it very much...

Jacob Nelson

Still not getting fixed. My first complaint is that clicking on a news story often loads an older version of the story. Refreshing does not help. The solution is to go back and click on the story again, and this time the up-to-date version correctly loads. My next complaint is that I get the same Breaking News notification for aid convoys being halted in Syria that I do for Brad and Angelina divorcing. The former is definitely a bigger deal than the latter, come on. Samsung Galaxy S6.

G Simons

Bad update Love BBC news. Hate the new update -- it is clunky, slow, and often doesn't load "my news" at all. Such a shame.

Not fully loading Since the new update the 'My news' - 'By time' section has a limited number of loads. Not like before where I could keep going on and on back in time. I used to love this app before this update.

S. O.

Literacy down? More than half of posted stories in each section are videos; quick bites for quick consumption. I prefer to read news stories which have depth, history, nuances, subtleties, context, as I do not have the attention span of a squirrel. I suppose I'll have to refer to The Guardian for my dailies moving forward...

Liam Relihan

One of the best news apps Gets progressively better. Are can be a bit obtrusive. Would pay a little for a premium version without them and with extra content

John Walker

Trustworthy Why does the app need access to my call information? Still value the content. One of the few remaining credible news sources.

DHudson 908

Videos playing when apps closed I didn't click on any video yet out of no where I hear the news playing. Close app, still playing. Have to restart my phone

Pranav Mathur

It's good but.. I'm not receiving push notifications, and i would really like the issue to be solved.

Kunal Mathur

Remove the video ads There are ads for all the videos that too for 30sec each which are annoying.

Hannah Gray

New Update Issue Since I updated the app, I can't add the widget because it just shows the loading screen forever. Please fix this!


Sometimes the live will get into error and if you close the app,you can never run it again until you reinstall it.

Steven Litel

The new update is awful! Since I downloaded the new update, it takes forever to load. Please fix!

Manuel Ucañán

widget wont work I like the news and reports, but lately the widget app stopped working

William Legler

OK I like the news with the outside perspective. Clears some things up for me.

Jovanny A Rodriguez

App to SDcard. Please add the ability to be able to move the App to the SDcard. Thank you.

James Wong

Bugs spotted.. App widgets not working. News not able to update.. please fix it.

Kartheek Kopparapu

Widget Not working Since the update widget doesn't work.

emanon noname

There is no free media in the west to bad The app is nice

Den Nim

Ads, ads and now even more ads. It's gotten pretty bad now and makes reading the news very unpleasant.

Isa Ansari

Instant and Best News It gives us the fastest news with videos. Covers nearly every topic.....Great

Donovan Dodd

<3 it! I use it to hear world opinions on contemporary issues here in the US and abroad.

kira yamato

New update bring the widget to infinity loading

Selvaraj Dinneshwaran

Great app......But.... Wonderful app..Nice interface..But some videos are not loading even after installing bbc media player ....

Kevin Brophy

More News Not enough news. Too much magazine style


good fix offline reading now works after the latest update. thank you guys

Daniel Hay

Full screen ads need to go

Cindy Barnes

Love it! Nice to get news of the world when all else is politics!

gökalp afşar

The best news-app I've ever seen

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