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Sky News Review
by on July 3, 2010
Sky News has got a bit of stick of late. Their seemingly biased account of the recent General Election has meant that the news gatherer has shown to all where its political legions lay.
Regardless of the news content, though, there is no mistaking that the Sky News app is something special.
For one, it is speedy. Load the app up and it takes seconds before you are into a story – complete with big, bright picture and text that’s hyperlinked, so you can follow the story on to other parts of the app if you so wish.
As the Sky News app is official – unlike the BBC’s – there is something of a multimedia tinge to proceedings. This is most notable in the video which is peppered throughout the stories. Load up the video and, again, within seconds you are watching clear content. It’s all very impressive.
The app also acts as a conduit to bring you closer to the action. There’s a dedicated section for your own citizen journalism. While this takes up prime space on the app, we think it is a touch unnecessary but essential for those who want to report on the world around them. There’s also dedicated sections for blogs and forums.
The ticker-tape of categories at the top of the Sky News app shows you just how much content there is to consume. We’re hoping that when the BBC launches its official Android applications, they will look and act a little like this.
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