Bangalore-based news content aggregator, Dailyhunt announced the launch of Newzly, a news-in-brief app for Android users.
At launch, the app offers a summary of trending news articles across multiple genres such as regional, international, entertainment, business, sports and technology, with content in nine languages – English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati.
Newzly seems to borrow design cues from competitors like ‘inshorts’. The app presents a summary of stories, in the form of cards that can be swiped horizontally to sift through news stories. Newzly allows users to read the full article by simply vertically. The full articles are loaded inside an in-app browser from the publisher’s website.
Curiously, on the Play Store, the publisher of the app is listed as OneIndia, a local language news website in which Dailyhunt had acquired a minority stake.
On quick inspection, the app doesn’t feature any integration with DailyHunt’s flagship app. At the moment there is no way to migrate a user’s interests and other personal tweaks from DaiyHunt to Newzly, this seems like a missed opportunity.
Prior to Newzly, Dailyhunt has also launched other products such as its progressive web app Dailyhunt Lite in November 2017. Also, it has partnered with Vuclip and YuppTV to offer original videos and Live TV on its platform.
In 2016, DailyHunt raised $25 million in a round of funding led by China-based Bytedance. It has also raised a series of investments from investors like Sequoia Capital India, Falcon Edge Capital, Matrix Partners, Omidyar Network, and Darby Overseas Investments.
Newzly directly competes with apps like inShorts, NewsByte, Magzter, NewsRepublic etc. There is a host of news apps on Google’s Play store which offer similar features. Google offers its own aggregator called newsstand. InShorts had raised funding of $5 million from Tiger Global Management through its Singapore arm.
Apart from news apps from startups as well as from traditional media houses. Social network platforms are also being leveraged to deliver the news. For instance, recently multimedia news portal BloombergQuint launched its WhatsApp broadcasting service to distribute news to readers in India. Instant messaging app Hike Messenger had started aggregating news stories in Hindi, English and other regional languages in September 2015. The messenger had launched the News feature August 2015 where it would aggregate stories from leading English dailies.