Lumiappaday #3: BBC News Mobile demoed on the Nokia Lumia 800

| November 24, 2011 | 10 Replies


We are now on our third Lumiappaday. As I mentioned in the beginning, whilst we are doing at least one Lumia App a day, we might do more than one. Today, hopefully we should have a couple of other apps on show, and same again tomorrow. Otherwise, it’ll take forever to show you the apps I’ve collected up, let alone new ones I’m finding.

Number 3 is called BBC News Mobile

#3 BBC News Mobile.

Price: Free




This is a dedicated BBC News browsing app.

It ties in with the metro panoramic UI and has some tiles for the popular stories as well as feeds that you can personalise (Depending on what type of news you’re interested in) and pin to your homescreen.


Stories appear first in a brief summary with a thumbnail image and then swiping over reveals the full text.

These stories can then be shared in the usual methods.


You can set a live tile to show the latest news as well as activating push notifications that appear at the top whenever there’s a breaking story. This isn’t the official BBC app, but it is very well made.

Rating: 9.5

Design: 10. Very slick looking app, in keeping with the clean metro design. The feeds and most read tiles are quite attractive.

Usability: 9. Very simple to use, straight forward. Stories can be viewed in landscape and if you want, there’s a link that takes you straight to the browser version. Adjustable font size might be welcome. Not a problem for me though and you could pinch zoom the story in the browser later.

Performance: 9. Fast, reliable, no hiccups. Pulls stories quickly. The only possible niggle might be the slight blink when resuming after multitask but that’s not really an issue. Resuming from lock screen does take half a second or so.

Price: 10 – it’s free, and no adverts.

Conclusion: Great news app. If you like BBC, it’s a must have download.


Category: Applications, Lumiappaday, Nokia, Video, Windows Phone

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  • Matt

    Do the BBC video stories play too?

  • Mark Hawky

    Been reading the lumiappaday posts and they are going to be very handy for when i get my lumia at the end of the week (sadly my n900 is has an antenna issue).

    Only bit of criticism is that there are no links to the apps on the posts (just so you can find the right app as there are a few ones that are duplicates).

    E.G for this app

    There might be a reason you haven’t included links (I have never run a blog myself so there may be some sort of restrictions lol )

    Anyway keep up the great work, i look forward to seeing more of the lumiappaday posts 🙂

    • Jay Montano

      Thanks Mark,

      Sorry I was in a bit of a rush posting this one and missed out the link. I think the other two should have direct links for the app. As shown in video, they should be extremely easy to find on marketplace.

      Will update post thanks.

      • Mark Hawky

        Ahh yes so they do lol, Cheers jay, cannot wait to get my Lumia.

  • Abdullah Usman

    Does look really pretty. Very both, WP7, and BBC 🙂

  • Ganaesh D.

    Dammit the design looks so good I WANT A LUMIA NOW AAAALNLFSVSBLVB

    …eherm. Headbanged the keyboard for no reason. Yeah.

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  • stylinred

    doesnt look as good as the cnn/international app imo for the n8

    but this BBC app does look like it ties in with the whole WP look

    • MDF

      are you serious?
      the cnn app is a good app for symbian but nothing special and as of looks its pretty bad when you compare it with the metro style of the bbc app

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