By Media Applications Technologies Limited
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Stories are arranged in categories including top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport.
The app offers the BBC News Channel streamed live, social features and personalisation so you can re-order the news categories to suit your interests.
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The BBC News app offers the following:
- Breaking news
- Top Stories and latest headlines
- Features and analysis
- Live BBC News Channel
- News clips embedded in stories
- An 'Edit' menu to personalise your experience and choose news that interests you
- Share news stories by email, Facebook and Twitter
- Font controls to increase or decrease the story text size to suit you
- Refresh controls to see the latest stories and updates
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What's New in Version 3.0.6
Apple Watch bug fixes
I'm not one for writing reviews, but this app has finally pushed me over the edge. Since the 2015 version was released onto an unsuspecting public in January, this app has become almost unusable. It takes forever to load news stories then, just as you think you're ready to go, half the images disappear and you're stuck in another wait. As you scroll through the list of stories, the app becomes completely unresponsive for up to 10 seconds at a time. And then, to top it all, it helpfully tells you that the page has been updated. Tap to reload? I think not.
The only fixes in the last 4 months seem to be for Apple Watch owners. Does no one involved in developing this application read or believe the reviews? I'm heading to CNN for my news fix now, I'm afraid and you would be well advised to join me. If you haven't downloaded this app yet, save yourself some time and stress and don't bother.
It’s Quite Literally Wasted Space...
Whilst the app function itself isn't too bad... basically, it works and does what it's supposed to... BUT it takes up so much storage space it's just not worth having.
I've got a 16GB iPad, so I already don't have much space - therefore, when the cookies, data, and whatnots from this app are saved permanently alongside it inside my tiny local drive, it stuffs it full to bursting, which is really annoying. This is a 9.6MB sized app, but the last time I uninstalled it, it was nearly 600MB in size.
Frankly, it's easier to just use the website.
The app they had before this one was fine, and it didn't take up all my space. This new, updated version is really not worth having if you have low space on your device.
Triumph of presentation over content
The new, shiny, slidey, tiley app is a dramatic step down from the previous one. Yes, it's all modern, but it prevents you from getting to the actual news quite effectively.
Moving to another section is horribly slow, not because it's trying to fetch the stories but simply because it's all animated. Move to a news section that's two or three sections over and it can take several seconds to get there.
Is losing 5 seconds critical? Well, no, but it's bloody annoying given that the old app not only went immediately, but also showed all news sections at once.
If you tap on a story with the slightest hint of sideways movement, you get scrolled to the next section. Slowly. Then you have to go back, slowly.
Once a day I get a "Did you know..." pop up which I can't seem to switch off. It only has an"OK" button when what it really needs is a "Look, I really don't give a toss, I've been here ages and only just managed to grind over to the story I wanted to read and now you've chuffing interrupted me again" button.
Final point. My wife insists on using the iPad 1 for reading the news, because it's still got the old app in place... and it's faster than the iPad Air 2.
- Category: News
- Updated: 18 May 2015
- Version: 3.0.6
- Size: 9.6 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Language: English
- Developer: Media Applications Technologies Limited
- © BBC 2015
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.