I know what you are thinking. Do we really need another News app for Windows Phone? There are quite a few out there though from quality point of view most of them are mediocre. The good ones sometimes cost you an arm and a leg 🙂
So we decided to build our own and make it available to all Windows Phone users for free. That’s how Got News got started.
Out of the box you will find 29 feeds across various categories such as
Headlines, Gossip, Business, Sports and Tech. You can search and add your own feeds to existing categories or create new custom categories. You can also share news stories with your friends via email, text or post it to your facebook wall.
We have also included a feature called "Mobile Optimized View" for reading full page articles. Think of it as Instapaper but for Windows Phone and free. Other news apps give you just a snippet of the article and in order to read the full story they open the actual web page either inside the app or in Internet Explorer. This makes the app slow and in our experience it ends up pulling desktop version of the webpage which is usually hard to read on the phone.
Got News uses our SmartFile Reader cloud service for generating a mobile view of the page. We ran extensive tests and found that for the feeds included in the app we get bandwidth savings of over 75% for most of the articles. Fewer bits to download and display makes Got News lightning fast!
Give it a try and lets us know if you have any feedback, comments or suggestions.