Ground is the only news app you’ll ever need. *Verified* Breaking News from CNN, Fox, MSNBC, AP, Reuters, Washington Post, BBC, New York Times etc. and Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and YouTube all in one place.
Share, read, and connect with people all over the world on stories and events happening right now.
Be in the know by getting firsthand information on a story. Ground uses geofencing technology allowing you to ask questions and talk to users who are there. News stories are also verified by on-the-ground users to ensure you’re receiving the most accurate, up-to-date information.
Ground combines news and social media in one, integrating content, left and right, from BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN, Breitbart, Fox News etc. so that you never have to go elsewhere. Discover breaking news by navigating our interactive world map. Customize your experience by browsing your favourite categories – from breaking news to politics, sports, entertainment and more.
See something around you worth sharing? Create an event by taking a photo or video of what’s happening.
Ground puts the news in your hands. Find out straight from the source.
- Bug fixes
- Better 'Search' functionality with news results with a timestamp
Ratings and Reviews
While I would love a competitor in this space of news aggregators with a twist, this app is baffling to use. Notifications make no sense and don't open up the story. The UI is a constant frustration to navigate for someone wanting to, you know, use the map and read news (seems like the point?). Is the map a nav tool or a visual organizer? Turns out it's bad at both. Map filtering? huh?
The top menu buttons of Top and Latest give me the same stories generally. My News doesn't seem to make much sense, and when I'm actually wanting to read the story on the original site there's no usual direct 'open in Safari' menu item nearby.
The core news feed format is good, but seems very dominated by world news. Having no way to say what your region or country is makes this best for reading local news or world news but not "national" news (which gets lost).
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Your feedback helps us decide which features we build, and what improvements are made to our platform.
Recently we have fixed a few bugs, including notifications not opening correctly. As for the map, it is really useful as a nav tool and you can zoom in anywhere on the planet and likely find a few stories. If you filter the map based on your news preferences than you may be getting a sparser selection of news stories.
We are currently revamping the menu buttons with options that make sorting news stories simpler and more user-friendly. The update should be live within the next week, please consider updating your review after the changes have been implemented.
All the best,
My only complaint is that they need to develop an IPad-specific version where the “news feed” is a vertical stream that you scroll up and down through on the map (while in landscape mode) instead of the weird narrow band with horizontal scrolling. Otherwise its a pretty solid app with the ability to see news articles from multiple sources for a given event. Some of the articles are not accurately depicted on the map; however, this could be related to the articles’ meta-data and not an app issue.
Definitely recommend giving this one a shot, especially if you live in a high-population area and enjoying staying informed.
Hi shtznggles- Thanks for the update to 4 stars!!! We will work on improving the iPad version.
Really like this app
I struggle with finding a balance of news sources because I don’t always want to get one slant due to the way our country is being polarized by only reading news with which one agrees. I’ll often read international news sources to get another view but I’d rather not have 5 different news apps on my phone. In comes this app.
The only thing I dislike about it (and not enough to ding it with a 4 star rating) is it often pulls the WSJ which you cannot read if you don’t have a subscription. The owners of the app may want to see about getting 10 articles/mo free or something. I think the NYT does something similar. Not sure how they keep track of who’s seeing what.
I read an article from Nigeria’s national newspaper. I read a French newspaper (it was in English). I love that I can get non-American views about issues.
I recommended the app to my friends on Facebook, and I recommend it to you.
Hi- thanks for trying the Ground! We're happy to see that you're enjoying the app and exploring different viewpoints on other sides of the globe. Regarding soft paywalls on certain publications, we are currently testing out a few solutions to mend the issue and improve the user experience when reading like articles.
We really appreciate the recommendation, our team sends our regards :) - Amy
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- 46.5 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.