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  • Version: Varies with device
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  • Author: CNN
  • Content rating: Everyone 10+
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  • Last update: 1 year ago
  • Version: 5.0.1
  • Size: 77.2 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: CNN Interactive Group, Inc.
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  • Languages: English
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Do you prefer always to stay informed about what’s happening in the world? If yes, then CNN Breaking News mobile app will be a perfect app for you. It keeps you updated with information all the time especially when it comes to important local or world events.

CNN is one of the most trustable news sources in the US, and it was the first cable news channel that was constantly updated for 24 hours. No wonder, why this well-known TV company launched their own mobile app which provides users with the top reports, articles and videos from the US and the world. Moreover, the official app reminds a fully functional condensed version of the regular website. It has a wide variety of content intended for the US audiences, but the most of the attention is paid to the video content. Therefore, all the fans of video news and reports might find this app highly enjoyable to use.

Functionality 5/5

CNN Breaking News mobile app keeps you up to date with lots of articles, videos, reports, and breaking news alerts. It’s much easier and faster to get all the news from the app than search for information through the mobile browser, for example. The CNN app provides you with an excellent news experience by featuring breaking news headlines, articles, videos and photos on various topics.

A well-structured and intuitive interface makes navigation through the app incredibly simple. When it comes to news categories, you can pick to look through all the featured stories, articles on the world sports topic, some entertainment news or videos about technologies and travel. There is plenty of choices that are up to you and your interests. You can choose to follow any topics and get automatic alerts whenever new stories are published. In addition to a wide range of themes, you can adjust settings to get news about Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa or any other part of the world because CNN has correspondents in almost all countries.

All of the CNN articles are written by professionals and specialists in various fields. Thus all the information provided in articles is accurate and expounded in an easy-to-understand way. If you see an article that seems to be interesting for you and don’t have time to read it at this moment, just save it for a later offline reading. You can also post comments or share the article via your public profiles so that you will not lose it and check it out any time later. When you choose to share something, you will be offered to do that via text, e-mail, Twitter or your Facebook profile.

In addition to a big choice of articles, the CNN app has lots of video content that comes only in HD, doesn't have any troubles with loading, plays quickly and has a good sound quality. You can share any video as well as an article. In case you missed an important piece of information, use the rewind play with 30 seconds. However, the video part of this app lacks a full-text accompaniment because sometimes there is no time to watch a full video, but you might be able to look through a news story quickly.

The CNN app also has such feature as an iReport. This section features great stories and slideshows on various topics from real users like you. Moreover, you can contribute iReport stories yourself by simply tapping on an icon and uploading a video or picture.

Design 4/5

CNN Breaking News mobile app has a user-friendly and pretty straightforward interface. Therefore, navigating through this app gives you a quite enjoyable user experience. Opening the app, you see an image-laden list of news stories. A small scrollable tab bar at the top offers you to choose one from the various categories like World, US, Politics, Crime, Entertainment, Health, Travel, Tech, Living and Top Stories. You can open the list of stories in each category, scroll it and tap into one to read. Tapping on an article opens you a window with a white text on a black background that is quite easy to read. Scrolling through articles is simple, and you can quickly swipe anytime to see the next story.

From the top left corner of the app, you will find access to your profile where you can manage settings for CNN or your social profiles, check stories that you've already seen as well as un-cache any saved articles. From the right side you will see several icons for shares, ads and comment but to use them you'll need a CNN account. However, signing up is effortless and won’t take a lot of your time.

There is also a landscape orientation available if you turn the phone, but that view is less functional as for me: headlines look different and are harder to read; if you want to check the story highlights you need to tap on the icon and you have to rotate the phone once again whenever you want to read an article. Therefore most of the users will likely prefer portrait mode.

Also, anytime you want to refresh your news feed just pull down the screen, and everything will be updated in a few seconds. The app also displays the time of the publication on the main screen and has an icon that lets you change a font size.

Usability 4.5/5

CNN Breaking News mobile app is incredibly easy to use and doesn't require even a simple registration to look for all the latest news. The app doesn't have instructions or any tutorials, but when you launch the app for the first time, you’ll be offered to read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can also enable notifications and allow the app to send you all the important alerts and keep you in touch with the latest updates.

In addition to notifications, the app asks you to unlock your geolocation for providing you with weather data and local news. After you enable these features, you will see a few icons at the top with the local temperature highs and lows in Celsius or Fahrenheit as well as a ten-day forecast. Moreover, there is a button right next to the weather that shows you all the events that are happening near you. The CNN app also has a Widget option on your locked screen so that you can see all the latest headlines without even unlocking the phone. However, the CNN app has some flaws like a high battery consumption or a limited functionality without an Internet connection.

Cross-platform use 4/5

CNN Breaking News mobile app is available for download on any device that runs Android 2.3.3 or later or iOS 5.0.1 or higher.

In-app purchases

CNN Breaking News mobile app is completely free to use, but it has some ads that might distract you from the news feed. Unfortunately, there are no in-app purchases that could turn the ads off.


CNN Breaking News mobile app will be an excellent choice for those people who prefers always to stay informed and get all the latest news reports. Also, video content is a significant part of the CNN app. Therefore, all fans of video news likely will consider this app as the best bet. The feature of adding a user-generated content in the iReport section also makes this app highly attractive and convenient to use. Moreover, CNN provides you not only with breaking news but with alerts, forecasts and current weather as well.

With all the features, correspondents and bureaus located all over the world, other news sources have something to compete with.

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CNN Breaking News mobile app is an excellent news reader developed by one of the biggest news agencies in the world that has lots of useful features, interesting articles, and high-quality videos.

Pros : iReport section with ability to upload own videos or pictures;
well structured categories;
ability to share content;
offline saving;
TV shows;
intuitive interface;

Cons : requires an Internet connection for fully functioning;
lacks search options;
has distractive ads;

Functionality 5.0

Design 4.0

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 4.0

Average : 4.4

CNN Breaking US & World News Version History

  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.9.5 for Android 4.1+ Nov. 21, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.9.4 for Android 4.1+ Jul. 20, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.9.3 for Android 4.1+ Jun. 13, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.9.2 for Android 4.0.3+ Apr. 20, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.9.1 for Android 4.0.3+ Apr. 11, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.9 for Android 4.0.3+ Mar. 30, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v. for Android 4.0.3+ Jan. 24, 2016
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.8.5 for Android 4.0.3+ Dec. 15, 2015
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.8.4 for Android 4.0.3+ Nov. 04, 2015
  • CNN Breaking US & World News v.2.8.3 for Android 4.0+ Oct. 08, 2015
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