Vizo News App Offers Bite-Sized Stories on Mobile

The Vizo app summarizes news stories into short 'glances,' and allows users to personalize their feed based on their favorite topics.

Vizo News has launched its Vizo News app on iOS devices, offering the day’s top stories in short summaries known as ‘glances.’ These glances present the news in summaries of 400-600 characters, offering essential information and images while removing ‘misleading headlines.’

Co-founded by Gillis Baxter and Evan Bloomberg, the Vizo app is updated with 15 stories three times a day (morning, afternoon and evening). Users can customize the app’s layout to prioritize the news categories they’d like to view first. The app supports categories including Politics, U.S. News, World News, Science, Technology and more.

Users swipe left and right to browse glances in each category, and can tap a button to reveal each article’s original source(s). Tapping a source launches the device’s web browser to display the entire original article (where available). Users can favorite these glances to access stories, and their source articles, later on. Glances can also be shared to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as through text or email.

On the app’s home feed, users can tap the Vizo logo to view ‘State of the Day,’ a section offering the day’s top trending stories, regardless of category, in a single place.

Outside of Vizo’s curated stories, the app will soon introduce VizoU, a feature allowing all users to publish their own glances for sharing with friends, family and the general public.

Baxter commentedin a statement:

VizoU is one of the features that we are extremely excited about. It transforms Vizo from a news application into a news platform, a place where content is created and shared. VizoU lets users take a photo, write a quick 50-100 word glance and post it for their friends to see or for the world to see. The Glance format is ideal for sharing news on mobile as the picture is the focal point and it takes just a few minutes.

We are also going to add blog content in the near future. At Vizo, all of our glances are objective, just the facts reporting. We do not inject any bias into our glances. To bring more opinion-style content to Vizo that our readers are asking for, we are working with bloggers to bring their blog content onto the Vizo Platform. This will give bloggers a new audience and give our users the opinion style glances they desire.

Vizo offers two editions at launch: one for the U.S., and another for Israel. The company has partnered with smartphone manufacturer Huawei to have the app pre-installed on all Huawei phones in the Israeli market.

Vizo is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store. The app has also been released on Google Play.