As an internet junkie I am obsessive about staying on top of developments in my area of interest. So when I started using mobile phone as my primary internet access device it was only natural that first application I looked for was a ticker application for Indian Newspaper. There were very few options and I wasn't satisfied with any of them so I was pleasantly surprised when I got to know about News Hunt .It was closest to what I was looking for .
Developed by Eterno Infotech News Hunt is your Mobile Newspaper that allows subscribers to read their choice of dailies on the move. Its a nifty app which aggregate content from Indian News papers and repurpose them for mobile phone screen .The application is supported for more than 200 handsets covering most of the brands available in market. it requires Internet connectivity via GPRS or WiFi for Installation and usage. My experience with installation was smooth .With an app size of only 398 KB it was easy on my GPRS connection . It took me only 2 Min and 4 screen to install it on my Nokia E63 and additional two screens to configure my News preference and App was ready to roll .
I was impressed by the catalogue of News paper to choose from . As I write this there were 19 News papers available on News hunt . This include regional dailies like Danik Bhaskar ,Dainik Jagran ,Mangalam and English Dailies like Deccan Herald ,Indian Express etc .
You can subscribe to one news paper at a time and change your preference later.Each News paper is further classified in to various news categories like business, sports, technology, national, international etc .
Once you are done with the selection of News paper and categories you see list of news snippets on your screen you can go to any of them by vertical scrolling . You can read the complete story by clicking the snippet .
There is a news ticker on the top of the screen where you can see the latest news . if you minimize the app you can see the ticker on the home screen of your device .
My Take :
My first impression of News Hunt is very positive .Its easy to use and not very heavy on resources .Some of you might find the choices available in Englsih dailies a bit limiting but I believe that more options will be added in future .
What makes NEWS HUNT more appealing to indian users specifically is the fact that it has got support for regional language content. It is a BIG differentiator .In India where literacy rate for English as language is as low as 7% to 8% of the population. It’s a must for any news solution to support regional language content if they want to have a mass appeal.
News Hunt also allow you to choose news specific to your state . You can set your preference for News from Andhra Pradesh ,Karnataka etc . This can be a very attractive feature for NRI Expats and people staying away from their home state .Another salient feature of News Hunt is placement of advertisements .There were few banner adds between the news items. It was not intrusive at all . They have done a really good job of not letting User experience suffer because of advertisement .
News Hunt have got 7.5 Lakh download till date . I had a word with Mr.Chandrashekhar Sohoni ,Co -Founder of Eterno and he mentioned that they are in talks with couple of telecom operators in India for distribution.They are also working with News papers on some new initiative . Things looks very promising for News Hunt . Do try it and let me know what you think ?
Product Information and Download page : http://newshunt.com
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