How to Build a News App in 2021, What You Need to Know?

Important Things to know about News App Development

With surging digital growth thanks to COVID-19, mobile app development is the primary priority for a large number of enterprises and businesses. As the behavior of users continue to change, a large number of businesses are adapting their strategies to facilitate better customer experience. 

There is no denying the fact that a mobile app is important to run a business successfully than ever before. The same notion applies to the development process of a news app too. Always remember that a news app is not just the mobile version of your website. You are developing a news app which would increase user engagement to a great extent. 

In other words, it would play a crucial role in creating a robust and strong mobile presence. It should also be able to attract a large audience towards your offerings. So with these things in mind, let’s take a look at the various aspects of developing a news app.  

The Type of News App you can develop 

So you have an idea and you want to transform it to a responsive news app. But at the same time, you should be aware of the type of news app you would be able to develop. Here are some of the common news apps that are trending and popular across the audience. 

Developing a Branded News App 

Are you the owner of a media house, a publication or a newspaper? If your answer is yes, then you should develop branded news apps with proper marketing efforts. Note that these apps usually publish news from in-house editors.  

Blogging 

Your news app can also double up as a platform from where you can showcase your blogging skills. In simple words, with the help of these apps, you would be able to publish your blog stories on various mobile platforms. 

Aggregator 

If you have a community of followers and readers and want to provide them with the latest updates from across the world, go for an aggregator app. Note that the main aim of an aggregator news app is to collect information from the internet and post them in one place. 

News App based on Communities 

Quite interestingly, these are the news apps that function as a community platform for media personnel. You can register via these apps to publish your stories. For instance, Medium is one of the popular news app based on community. 

So as you can see, you can develop a variety of news app. However, you have to first evaluate your requirements to comprehend the type of news app you want to develop. 

Functionalities to be included in a News App 

Always remember that the attention span of readers is usually short while they go through your news app. In other words, it is of utmost significance to include all the essential functionalities which would make it popular. So here are some if the essential features which you should consider including in a news app. 

#1 Illustrated Categories 

Your news app should have a well-illustrated category section. The categories would make it easier for your users to navigate through the app. The categories would also provide simple access to the several sections of your app. Even under news, you can include various types of categories like tech, fashion, health, beauty, etc. 

#2 Filters and Search Bar 

It goes without saying that your news app should come equipped with dedicated filters. Moreover, it should also comprise search bar which would make it easier for users to search for their favorite news. It is quite normal for your app to possess billions of stories. Note that the search bar should be able to provide the users with precise details. 

#3 Integration with Social Platforms 

Nowadays, it is quite common for users to share news on various types of social platforms. So your news app should have social plugins with the help of which they can share the news easily. Having a social share button on the app can increase its popularity to a great extent. 

#4 Presence of Push Notifications 

Well, a news app is all about push notifications. With the help of push notifications, you would be able to notify users that whether or not any new updates have been published. The push notification feature usually comes handy in case of a news app. 

How to build an Engaging News App?

No doubt, building any kind of app is not easy unless you plan beforehand. So here are some steps you should follow while developing an engaging news app. 

Opt for the Type of News App you want to develop 

You should decide which type of news app you want to develop at first. This would help you to commence in the right direction. 

Choose the Functionalities you want 

Next up, you should select the functionalities you want to include in the news app. As discussed above, there are wide varieties of features you can include in your news app to make it engaging. 

Select the Proper Launch Platform 

Before developing a news app, you should choose the ideal launch platform. Here a launch platform refers to the OS of the device. In simple words, you have to choose between Android, iOS and Windows OS while developing a news app. 

Marketing the News App 

Developing an app is not enough! You also have to know how to promote it amongst your target audiences. You have to promote the app in relevant channels so that it gains the required exposure. You should also build excitement among people to download and install the app. 

Conclusion 

Considering the points as mentioned above before commencing with the news app development process would make the process seamless. Always remember that irrespective of the type of app you are developing, you should always emphasize strategies. The right strategies would help you to develop a highly responsive news app.

Author
Prashant Pujara is the CEO of MultiQoS Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a leading website and Mobile App Design Company specialized in android and iOS app development. He has more than 10 year’s experience in software development with a strong focus on mobile app development for all kinds of platforms including iOS and Android.