With India heading into General Elections over the next two months, Reliance Jio is tapping into the newsy climate with its own JioNews app, available on both Android and iOS users in the country.
The app gives access to news from different media houses in the country, letting them read electronic versions of international magazines, as well as Indian magazines like the Caravan.
If you are a Jio mobile user, all these features can be availed by signing in with your mobile number, something which also works for people on JioTV and Jio Cinema app. But it’s not just the digital content, you can also stream up to 150 news channels and their live coverage from the app on your mobile screen.
Opening the app, you get to choose language options, in which you want to read and see news content from. As you can see here, JioNews supports most varied languages that are consumed in different parts of the country. In terms of news TV channels, you get access to all popular platforms like NDTV, CNN NEWS 18 and even BBC World for that matter.
The app seems to be available as a free trial for 90 days and it’ll interesting to see how Reliance Jio decides to price it after that.
In terms of content, you can choose subjects or titles around which news can be curated on your main page. Top stories, cricket, lifestyle, health and careers are some of the options to pick. The app interface is fairly simple, with a colour mix of white and red making it pleasing to read content on the platform.
It’s fairly obvious that JioNews works out as an alternative to Google News and even Apple News, with most of the content picked up from other media houses. This makes it another news aggregator platform.
Strangely, Jio doesn’t mention anything about JioNews supporting its JioPhone range of devices. This feature may roll out in the coming months.
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