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BBC News (Kindle Tablet Edition)

by BBC Worldwide Limited
Rated: Guidance Suggested
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (674 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.2
  • This is a major update of our app, with improved performance and image quality.
  • The app is now optimised across different screen sizes and we've also fixed a number of bugs.
  • Other changes include:
  • Functionality to change text size is now in the menu to make it easier to find
  • Styles and themes now reflect the latest look and feel for Android devices

Product Details

  • ASIN: B008M87GJK
  • Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (674 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • The official news app from the BBC, one of the world's leading international broadcasters
  • The latest news and analysis from our global network of more than 2000 journalists
  • Simple navigation and clear sections covering top international stories, news from different regions, business, technology, politics, entertainment and sport
  • Video and audio reports, including live radio
  • Content can be posted to social networks, or shared via email

Product Description

The official BBC News app offers the latest world and regional news from the BBC’s global network of more than 2000 journalists. From breaking news, to business, politics, entertainment, technology, the arts and sport, all divided into clear sections, this free app gives you instant access to the latest headlines, wherever you are.
You can also listen to regularly updated news summaries, watch video reports, and enjoy live radio from the BBC World Service.

The homescreen can be personalised by adding, removing or reordering sections, and you can choose to automatically update content in the background, to ensure that the latest news is always on hand.

Our simple and intuitive design offers easy scrolling and swiping for efficient browsing. Articles and in-story video are available in full-screen mode and the size of the text can also be adjusted according to your preference.

Technical Details

  • Size: 1.8MB
  • Version: 2.2
  • Developed By: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No advertising July 22, 2012
By peby
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Very well designed news magazine. Touch scroll through news categories with pictures for each story. Your usual quality Brit news. And best of all, no advertising.
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great clean app July 21, 2012
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BBC app is great. Each news story is displayed with a picture and a title. You are also able to to customize what sort of news you want/or not want to receive in the options menu. Swiping is used to switch news stories, very easy!
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111 of 122 people found the following review helpful
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This free app app gives access to limited BBC print and video stories. Some topic areas are preprogrammed into the app and you are free to add or remove topic area to suit your taste. You can see top stories under each topic area, e.g., World, US/Canana, UK, Europe, Sports, Arts, etc. The app forces a portrait view and there is one row for each topic area, with the stories listed across under the topic area listing. You can even catch video and newscasts. Works great on Kindle Fire. Recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great when it works April 23, 2014
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I've had this app for several months and, until recently, has been great. Gives a little different perspective and some coverage not in U.S. outlets. However, in the last week or so, grt blank pages after openning story. This occurs after reading a couple of stories and seems to last until I shut down my Fire and relaunch. Then I can read a few more before blanking occurs again.

Seems to have started just after the announced fix for the Apple version. Hmmm.

So, would be a five star if it worked again.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid News App July 25, 2012
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NOTE: This is a review of the app and the news experience it provides. This isn't a commentary on the news content. Use your own judgement on the news content provided: That's a personal preference. It's up to you to decide whether it's too liberal or too conservative for you.


I've been searching for a good news app for my Kindle Fire for quite a while. I was looking for something as good as or better than The Daily app that my wife has on her iPad. I found this BBC News app a few days ago. Coincidentally, a link to the Kindle Fire version of The Daily appeared as a recommendation after I "purchased" this free app. Nice stroke of luck.

This BBC News app really is an impressive implementation of BBC News on the Kindle Fire. They did a great job of adapting their news content to the Kindle Fire device.

The Setup page is very impressive. The Setup allows you to pick which categories display on the list of articles. Interestingly enough, the non-US pages are turned off by default. They're easy enough to select and activate though. You can also drag-and-drop each of the categories to change their order on your page. This is a great customization feature and a very simple way to personalize your page.

This is a very impressive news experience. I'm still glad I found The Daily, but I'll still add this BBC News app to my Favorites on my Fire's home page. The fact that the app is free, there is no subscription cost, and there are no ads, this really is a great news source on the Fire.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars geographical restrictions? January 17, 2013
By Shirley
You flashed an advert on my kindle suggesting I download this free app. When I tried to do so I received a message telling me the app is unavailable to me due to "geographical restrictions". Why bloody bother showing it to me then? Bah.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New format doesn't load content on Fire HDX April 21, 2014
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I've using using this app for years with no problem and putting it on my new HDX was one of my first tasks. The app appeared to load with the new index bar at the top rendering all the choices available along with the first story in the reading pane. After swiping through the first 2 stories I found the rest of the pages blank. I deleted the app and downloaded the"Test Drive" version and got the old reliable format, but when it timed out I was forced to download the newer format which failed again, blank reading panes. At this point this app is unusable to me and can only wait until it is fixed. I have no problems with other news apps so my kindle appears not to be the problem.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC is the BEST! December 18, 2012
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Great app. This format is easy to maneuver in and I think that BBC is often less biased and more accurate than some American new services. A must have for all those who love to read the real news.
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