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September 28, 2013

Updated – BBC News app receives Push notifications update

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My favourite UK news app BBC News. Today received updates. The BBC released updates to their BBC News app on both iOS and Android that will allow users to opt in to receive breaking news push notifications.

Push notifications allow users to be alerted to breaking news stories on their smartphone or tablet in a form similar to a text message, even when they aren’t using their BBC News app. It’s one of the most commonly requested features for our apps so it’s great to be able to roll it out.

One of the other features we get a huge amount of requests for is landscape support in our Android app for smartphones and mid-size tablets and I’m pleased to say we are including that in our latest release as well.

These features will be available for Android users on version 2.3 or higher of the operating system and to iOS users on version 5.0 or higher.

The release of push notifications has been tied in to some changes we have made to the content management system used by BBC News journalists.

What’s in this version:

This is a major update of our app, with improved performance and image quality.

The app is now optimised across different screen sizes and we’ve also fixed a number of bugs.

Other changes include:

• Functionality to change text size is now in the menu to make it easier to find

• Full range of widgets added for all devices

• Styles and themes now reflect the latest look and feel for Android devices

Sharing breaking news alerts and other information across a number of different platforms was becoming a time-consuming task for our journalists and news gatherers…

To turn notifications off iOS

From your device’s home screen, visit Settings > Notifications and select the BBC News app from the list. Ensure all options are set to ‘off’, and Alert Style is ‘none’.

To turn notifications off Android

From the app home screen select ‘Settings’ from the menu (depending on your device this may be located in the red action bar overflow at the top of the screen, a hard key beneath the screen, or a soft key in the overflow menu at the foot of the screen).

Under ‘Notifications’ untick the box next to ‘Breaking news notifications’.

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Full details over at BBC internet blog

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini