Summly Review – Reading news is so much fun!

On November 7, 2012

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Summly Review – Reading news is so much fun!

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By: Summly Limited © Summly Inc

Version #: 2.0

Date Released: 2012-11-01

Developer: Summly Limited Web Site

Price: Free

User Rating:

Funny things happen at the Appstore! The spot for Editors Choice was occupied by Circa News and suddenly, it got replaced by the Summly app. I was really confused, because Circa was a hell of an app. But, now that I played around with the newbie, it all started making so much sense because Summly is everything we loved about Circa plus everything we wished Circa could have.

To be more specific. Summly is an awesome News-reader app. Its minimalistic yet colorful interface makes even children grow fond of News. The app opens the curtain to a beautifully illustrated Coverpage with an Apple headline (it is odd that you cannot change the category of news on your coverpage). Swipe Left for the colorful tiles representing each category. Tap on a tile to see headlines in that genre or drag right to reload the latest entries. Select an interesting news from the list and it comes up with a short summary of the story. Double tap to expand it into a more readable and complete story (400 characters). Swipe down or tap on the blue arrow and you have the original source opened in the built-in browser. At anytime, swipe up for the previous menu or tap & hold for animated sharing options.

You have the option to add your own Categories or Keywords and gather latest articles on them, but currently, these seem to have trouble in getting loaded (Update: all is well after a re-install ). For World news, Sports, Local news, Tech news etc you have options to select the sources, from a dozen renowned websites, that you want to follow. Although there is an option to save articles, I would have preferred Instapaper integration, too.

After spending about a day with this beauty, I can safely conclude that this is the best you could get. Try it yourself and I bet you couldn’t tell that the app was developed by a 17 year old school student!

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes, I am loving it!

Learning Curve:Medium, needs some time to get used

Who Is It For:News Lovers

What I Like:Looks and the animation effects

What I Don't Like:Alot of estures you need to memorise, to use this app effectively

Final Statement:Don't look further for a News app, its the best it gets.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Completely redesigned from the ground up. Pocket Sized News for iPhone.

Summly allows you to browse news fast, easily and beautifully, by viewing concise summaries of online content.

Dynamically optimised for the mobile size screen, Summly uses an algorithm built with NLP and Artificial Intelligence technology to analyze text and automatically summarize the most relevant pieces of news, based on the topics, keywords and new sources you prefer. The summaries we produce always fit the screen and are generated from hundreds of sources varying from the Wall Street Journal to ESPN Sports.

Summly's exemplary design includes a range of gestures that allow you to dive into the full article, share your summaries, read a longer summary or just keep browsing the succinct news that it provides.

Stay up to date on the news you want, faster and more easily with Summly.


? 400 character summaries which are automatically generated for quick browsing.
? Customize your news to the topics, keywords, and news sources that interest you most e.g add a keyword on anything that interests you!
? Summarization of hundreds of news sources from different regions of the world and localised in US, Europe and beyond!
? Share summaries as links with friends through social channels and email which are viewable online
? Innovative design and gestures make it easy to navigate
? Browse through headlines of summaries in a topic or simply swipe left-to-right to view summaries in a category
? Define your own social personality which corresponds to Summly's sharing features.

Try to have a good internet connection when downloading the app.

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From the first iPod Touch till the new iPad Mini, Roshan has loved each of his iDevices and has been busy tweaking and getting the most out of them. As a Med student from India, he splits his time between studying corpse and writing about his iOS passion. When not on the web, you could find him glued to TV Shows, movies or the bed! Recently, he has taken upon the role of an appreneur and is currently working on a revolutionary new app, Cyan for Facebook.

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