*** Finalist for “Best Mobile Media & Publishing App” in the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Awards and in 2014 for “Best Mobile Publishing Product,” as well as the Appy Awards "Best Multicultural App" and “Best Mobile Service” in the Meffy Awards! ***
The free, *official* Voice of America (VOA) mobile and tablet application serves news to your iPad, iPod or iPhone in 44 languages. VOA operates one of the world's largest international news media networks on TV, radio and digital properties with a total weekly audience of more than 200 million people in countries including Africa, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. To do this, VOA employs more than 1,100 full time staff and thousands of journalists around the world, focused on countries without a free or established press or free and open internet access.
* Customization for more than 40 international languages and dialects from Farsi to Vietnamese
* Enjoy photos, video, audio and text content, including background streaming of audio content
* Read stories while listening to on-demand and live audio
* Breaking news push notifications
* Hear radio podcasts on demand without downloading
* Save download time and data costs with the Low-Bandwidth Mode in the settings
* Download stories, videos, and photos for offline reading, watching, and listening
* Customizable navigation items and order
* Apple AirPlay sharing support integrated
* Share your favorite stories, videos, and photos via e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook
* Social media sharing of content on Facebook, Twitter, email and other platforms
* Directly send your photo, video, audio and text news reports to VOA
= Frequently Asked Questions & Troubleshooting Issues =
What languages and VOA services does the app support?
All of these:
VOA English, VOA News (English)
VOA Vietnamese, VOA Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
VOA Persian, صدای آمريکا (Farsi)
VOA Spanish, Voz de América (Spanish)
VOA Amharic (Amharic)
VOA Somali, VOA Somali (Somali)
VOA Burmese (Burmese)
VOA Tigrigna, VOA Tigrigna (Tigrigna)
VOA Russian, VOA - Голос Америки (на русском) (Russian)
VOA Korean, VOA 한국어 (Korean)
VOA Khmer (Khmer)
VOA Indonesian, VOA Indonesia (Indonesian)
VOA Tibetan (Tibetan)
VOA Chinese Simplified, 美国之音中文(Mandarin)
VOA Urdu, وائس آف امریکہ اردو (Urdu)
VOA Afghan Dari, صدای امریکا (Dari)
VOA Afghan Pashto, د امریکا غږ اشنا (Pashto)
VOA Hausa, VOA Hausa (Hausa)
VOA Afaan-Oromoo, VOA Afaan Oromoo (Afaan Oromoo)
VOA Turkish, Amerika'nın Sesi (Turkish)
VOA Ukrainian, VOA - Голос Америки (українською) (Ukrainian)
VOA Thai (Thai)
VOA Portuguese, VOA Português (Portuguese)
VOA French, La Voix de l'Amérique (French)
VOA Kurdish, دهنگی ئهمهریکا (Kurdish)
VOA Cantonese, 美國之音粵語 (Cantonese)
VOA Uzbek, Amerika Ovozi ( Uzbek)
VOA Lao (Lao)
VOA Zimbabwe, Studio 7 (English)
VOA Kurdi, Dengê Amerîka (Kurdi)
VOA Macedonian, Гласот на Америка (Macedonian)
VOA Central Africa, Radiyoyacu VOA (Kirundi/Kinyarwanda)
VOA Azeri, Amerikanın Sesi (Azerbaijani/Azeri)
VOA Deewa, وي اوای ډیوه (Pashto to Pakistan)
VOA Serbian, Glas Amerike (Serbian)
VOA Swahili, VOA Swahili (Swahili)
VOA Bangla (Bangla)
VOA Bosnian, Glas Amerike (BiH) (Bosnian)
VOA Georgian (Georgian)
VOA Armenian (Armenian)
VOA Shona, Studio 7 Shona (Shona)
VOA Albanian, Zëri i Amerikës (Albanian)
VOA Ndebele, Studio 7 Ndebele (Ndebele)
VOA Creole, Lavwadlamerik (Creole)
Having problems with the app crashing?
Please make sure you always update the app to have the most recent, stable version of the application. Turning on automatic updates helps us deliver the new releases automatically!
Having problems with the app loading slowly?
1- Check to make sure you are on a fast, stable connection (WiFi, ideally).
2- If that doesn't work, open the application settings and check the box for "Low Bandwidth Support."
Have any questions, suggestions or problems with the app?
Please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Bug fixes and performance improvements
* Thank you for your comments and feedback!
Ratings and Reviews
Vanilla State-Run News
The app is a bit crowded, too much going on. Needs to be more streamlined. The content is fine — they rely on the Associated Press for a lot of their stories, though they do have reporters stationed around the world. I like their 5 min hourly news update, which is a good complement to CBS, NPR, etc.
This is state-run news that is highly uncritical of U.S. foreign policy. Some of their reporting does mildly criticize domestic U.S. policy, and they do lots of stories on issues facing migrants. Just be aware that VOA rarely gives you the full story of what’s going on, sometimes due to bias and sometimes due simply to superficial reporting.
Unfortunately the most accurate and non biased news source is now the US state-ran Voice of America. But the news is top quality. As someone with a degree in political science, I highly recommend it! App is excellent too!
This is actual news from around the world. I finally found a place to get news that rises above the standard of National Enquirer or the Star unlike all the other major news outlets. Thank you!
- Voice of America
- 23.3 MB
- Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- © VOA News
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.