Questionable “news” sources, most are gossip and tabloid style reporting mostly of opinions instead of hard facts.
Propaganda hater 1/5
By propaganda hater
Extremely liberal view. Why not report the facts and keep your liberal opinion to yourself
Baby CNN and MSNBC 1/5
A joke just another anti-Trump site. Nothing Smart about this site.
Fake News 1/5
By wyo chief
Almost all liberal news. Terrible
It works! 5/5
It really works.
Dailycaller? I'm done 1/5
Keep adding right nutbag content with no way to not see news sources like faux news and now the daily caller. No thanks. No way. Just another propaganda machine. I'm done.
Keeps me updated by the minute
Great app 5/5
My only issue is that it needs a dark theme
I Phone News 5/5
By tootsie 1.
Terrific news, just long enough.
Would love to block certain sources 3/5
I love this app and I use it daily. However I want the ability to block certain websites from appearing on the feeds. Specifically I’d like to block TMZ because their headlines are childish and appear too frequently in several different categories. I will change my review to 5 stars if we are allowed to block certain websites from appearing.
Too far left 2/5
By John Kirchner
Way too left leaning, even though I add conservative sites. Time to uninstall.
Please correct auto-refresh! 1/5
To the developers: I will begin by saying that I genuinely appreciate your app and utilize it each and every day. Unfortunately, unless you can eliminate the auto-refresh, I no longer see any value in continuing to use it. It's beyond frustrating to be 1/2 or 3/4 of the way down when the app auto-refreshes. Having to start from the top to find your way back to where you were is simply ridiculous. If I want to refresh it, I will - please don't force it upon us. Once this change is made, my rating will change accordingly. Secondly, a wonderful addition would be the ability to bookmark or save an article for future review. Thank you!
By billyboy 1160
Not very balanced as advertised!
I like this news source however after reading several articles, I realized I needed a larger font size. There was nowhere in the settings to adjust the size of the font or change the font color to allow more readability.
Massive intrusive Ads. Just deleted this. They have no way to control intrusive ads. And even more of a failure the constant pop up never ending ad -unless you force close the app.
Garbage Anti Trump News. 1/5
All this app is an article filter promoting the same garbage on CNN and other garbage reporters. Anti-trump, anti-cop I’m good thanks.
The people in your ad sound like brainwashed zombies. Try a newspaper.
Best News App 5/5
The nest news app
Testing this news 3/5
By AYP Guy
Just download this app since I saw a commercial on Fox News. I always have to watch fox and cnn then decide what’s the real news. Hopefully this app will not show bias news like all others do. I will update this review in a week or two when I have a chance to check it out. Most like review will be either a 1 star or 5 from me but will start in the middle. I will give a honest accurate review.
Unfair reporting! 2/5
Your news leans to the left to far I’m thinking about deleting the app from my phone!
I thought I would actually get fair and balanced news. It’s more like the papers we glance at while checking out.
Another CNN 1/5
I was hoping that this app would provide unbiased, real news coverage as promised in commercials. Unfortunately it turns out that this is just another leftist propaganda forum designed to cater to the most scathing liberal views, totally distorting the facts in order to deliver a socialist editorial verses accurate news. The writers for this app are definitely CNN want-to-be’s and as far removed from actual journalists as those currently spewing their totally biased editorials CNN and FOX under the guise of factual news reporting. I just want a news outlet that will present news, not editorials, providing their audience with both sides of the issue so that the prescribers, not the “reporter,” decide where they stand on the issue. SMART NEWS is absolutely NOT that outlet!!
By Aloysius von ludwig the 3rd
Your app is no more balanced then Fox News is. Take out the political aspect and your app is what you claim
By MN cougar
This app works sometimes, the ads can lock you out of reading the real headlines, it’s almost like they use the ads to “guide” what news you get.
I love SmartNews! 5/5
I love that I can read news, science, informational, and entertaining stories without dealing with obnoxious ads and pop-ups!
Be at least somewhat moderate 1/5
By Rusty 45
You lean left to far left. Where do you get “SmartNews “ from? At least give some other views.
If you like very fast responses to mostly left leaning news alerts you’ll love this app
But if you like centralized news alerts, you should look somewhere else
... unless you like being force fed garbage slanted news that overrides your settings.
Good news feed spoiled by inclusion of rightwing fake news sites 1/5
SmartNews has many interesting news stories, but giving rightwing fake news sites false legitimacy by mixing them in with actual news sites is a big spoiler, very evil, and very destructive to the foundations of American democracy. The Daily Signal, the Bulwark, and WattsUpWithThat, for example, are not legitimate news sources, they are outlets for corporate lies and twisted propaganda on topics like global warming/climate change and American politics. Presenting a number of corporate or billionaire sponsored, highly biased, fake 'news' sources as equivalent sources to major newspapers like the Guardian, the Washington Post and the New York Times must be a tactic of rightwing biased management, and it substantially lowers the reliability and trustworthy-ness of this whole news feed service. I certainly don't trust them anymore.
Clearly biased towards a leftist world view. 1/5
By Austin App Addict
It’s proving harder and harder to find a news source that will simply report the facts and not interject how one should feel about said facts. This app is left wing biased.
SmartNews should be 1/5
SmartNews should be politically non-biased. It's a shame that this potentially good news source has news articles with inflammatory titles but the content fails to coincide with the title. I think this is done to attract liberal readers.
Why don’t you support Breitbart and Drudge? You have HuffPost and CNN which is much less reliable. You do have Fox News but that’s about it. Your advertising says you have balanced news. Don’t see it. Would be the perfect app if it was fair and balanced.
Left Leaning Echo Chamber 1/5
By Waiting for 2012
If you’re looking for truly unbiased reporting of the news, this site isn’t for you. It is simply another left leaning echo chamber. I don’t want news that promotes right or left. I just want the unvarnished news without the bias. This site seems to collect all the left leaning news reports for full display and forces you to search out conservative sources. Will there ever again be a “news source” that simply reports the news? 🤦🏻♀️
Totally Biased results 1/5
By Smarter than News
I’m also offended that the only advertisement depicts a black woman as Liberal and a white male as a conservative. How about switching the roles. Results are as biased as the commercial
I like the app and use it daily. More and more pop ups are ruining the experience which causes me to use SmartNews app less
Slightly Smart News 3/5
The first 5 or 7 stories are almost always from trusted new sources but if you dare to scroll down any further be prepared to be bombarded by “news” outlets that you have never heard of with headlines “Why the moon landing was fake” or an article that calls AOC a “bimbo”. It’s obvious that their vetting system to determine what’s a trusted source is far from perfect and needs some serious tweaking.
Best mobile news app 5/5
Love this app! Relevant news, always accessible, well organized. Best I’ve tried and I’ve tried them all.
Notifications outside of specified times 2/5
I chose to receive updates at 6am and 1pm with NO EVENING UPDATE. Here it’s now 11pm and I get a push notification with breaking news about a gruesome mass shooting. Why even give the illusion of choice?? Not great. 😒
Ads vs. Actual News Story 3/5
I can appreciate this app because I don't have cable or satellite TV to watch the news, so this app allows me to stay up to date with local and international news. The only problem I have is that 9/10 times I click on a video to watch it starts with an ad (that doesn't bother me, it's a free app). The ad has absolutely no buffer time and plays instantly, however, once the ad has finished, the actual News video I'm attempting to watch does not play
Great variety of news-hate the ads 2/5
I’ve had this news app for several months now and enjoy the variety of news you can find. The big problem is the pop up screen of ads that covers half the screen that you’re reading, and no way to “x” out of the ad. The ad does not go away . . ever. So you’re limited to reading your news item about four lines at a time.
clearly left wing bias 1/5
it took me all of 30 seconds to determine the default mode of the feed is toward a liberal viewpoint.
further as noted by others, if one has to “add” conservative news for balance i think that is a clear red flag.
there is also a very blurry line between news reporting and opinion pieces, a symptom of our times.
Dark Theme 4/5
By Fernanda Lobo
Please, bring black theme (or dark gray) to the app and keyword based sections.
Same media bias 1/5
Same media bias.
Good variety on news sources. 5/5
By Ohio guy.
Wide and comprehensive gathering of news. Pop up ads can sometimes be annoying, but easy to share and navigate. Very user friendly and stable app.
It’s not smart 1/5
By John E Appleseed
This app is designed and promoted by Libs and their Politics comes through loud and clear. I shouldn’t have to add ‘Fox News’ if you are the app you claim to be. Developer response to negative reviews reveal it’s really no more than ‘fake’ news disguised as ‘smart’ news. More phoniness from the Left. One star for the enjoyment I’m getting writing this review.
Forgot Fox News... 5/5
This app claims it presents information from all sources, except that Fox News is not included. How can this be “fair and balanced.”
Now the commercial shows news from Fox News, but there is no Fox News in the app.
Double deception what a shame!!
Used to be better 2/5
By Rgstd Princ
What happened to this app?
Smart? News? 1/5
After seeing the “make America great again” tv commercial I’ve decided to dump this app. Now I can’t trust that the “news” it’s peddling isn’t biased.
Not Balanced 2/5
By Hawk Fan 23
Too many articles are over the top progressive. Does not appear there is much balanced reporting being published. Also too many tabloid type articles with big headlines and no facts to back it up. Was hoping I could use this as a legit news source and it’s no better than the rest.