BuzzFeed has announced the launch of its BuzzFeed News app on Android devices. The app launched on iOS in June, and provides users with a list of stories and content from BuzzFeed and other news outlets, which are focused on current major topics.
The BuzzFeed News app offers a ‘Catch Up’ feed of news articles curated by BuzzFeed editors from around the web, as well as important tweets. Tapping an article’s synopsis brings up the full article to read or share with others, while tapping a tweet allows users to view the tweet’s mentions and other information on Twitter itself.
Outside of the Catch Up feed, users can set alerts for topics important to them. By default, the app notifies users of all ‘major breaking news’ stories, while additional options allow users to receive alerts relating to U.S. or world news, business and technology stories, the 2016 U.S. presidential race and more.
In a blog post, Stacy-Marie Ishmael, managing editor of mobile news at BuzzFeed, commented:
We built BuzzFeed News for Android to be faithful to the core tenets of Material Design, Google’s recommended principles for apps on its platform, and to be wicked fast for our audiences no matter how EDGE-y their data connections. This is just our opening gambit—there’s even more to come.
The BuzzFeed News app is now available to download for free on Google Play. To date, the app has been downloaded more than 350,000 times on iOS. Ishmael said more than half of BuzzFeed News’ 25 million monthly visitors ‘are on some kind of mobile device.’