Home Apps Android CNN App for Android devices gets overhaul

CNN App for Android devices gets overhaul

cnn-app-for-android-logoYou probably get plenty of alerts to update apps on your phone and tablet, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the new versions. This one from CNN is does a bit more than fix some bugs, but many users are not happy with the changes. CNN has rebuilt and redesigned the CNN App for Android, making it universal for both phones and tablets. The app includes an updated navigation, breaking news headlines at the top of the homescreen (which you can optionally close), full screen galleries, and the new ability to comment on stories while using your phone. Another social aspect of the update enables you to send photos or videos directly to CNN through iReport on the home screen. You can also follow other iReporters who contribute stories to CNN.

Some live and recorded CNN shows are available through the app, but content may vary depending on your TV service provider. Local weather information is accessible, although many users are complaining that it sticks to weather feeds from Atlanta, Georgia. For those of you wearing Samsung Galaxy Gear, you can sync your wearable device with select Android phones (not new, but still a developing feature).

But with the new useful features came a revised interface design. In addition to the buggy weather update, users have posted plenty of negative reviews. One user on Google Play says, “the old way was much better.” Another reviewer calls the update “a giant leap backwards.” Other users say the new interface borrows too much from Flipboard, and that the old interface displayed more headlines and was more useful.

Still, making the app universal for both Android phones and tablets may have made CNN’s life easier. But there is a huge difference in screen size between phones and tablets. From the bulk of reviews, users don’t want large photos and giant headlines with special effects. They want a more practical application similar to what BBC does with their app.

Sometimes a simple, clean and fast way to access news topics is a usability consideration that’s easily forgotten.

The 12MB app is available at the Google Play store and requires Android version 2.3 or higher.


Jeff Chabothttps://hd-report.com
Jeff has a background in photography, video and television production. He writes about technology, broadcasting, home theater, and digital entertainment.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

4k TV Deals

Hot Blu-rays!

1-Month Free!

New Articles

Read a Review of Beverly Hills Cop on 4k Blu-ray

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) released to 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 1, 2020 along with another hit Eddie Murphy film Coming to America...

Mulan finally selling on Amazon in Blu-ray, 4k Blu-ray & DVD formats

Disney's live action remake Mulan (2020) is finally available to purchase directly from Amazon on Blu-ray, 4k Blu-ray and DVD. The film was previously...

Deal Alert: The Hobbit: Motion Picture Trilogy 4k Blu-ray Price Drop

The Hobbit: Motion Picture Trilogy on 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray has dropped $10 on Amazon to $79.96 (List: $89.99). The 6-disc edition includes the Extended...

4k, HDR & Dolby Atmos Finally Coming to HBO Max

When we did our review of HBO Max the main gripe was the lack of 4k, HDR and Dolby Atmos. But apparently that will...

New Releases!

Support Us!