It's a shame that most American news outlets simply don't match our high journalistic standards (or conscious lack thereof), so the impetus is on readers and viewers to seek out multiple sources of information. This is easy to do with RSS readers and other news aggregators, but there's a certain immersive experience that only a dedicated app can provide. Al Jazeera America has just added one more such app into the Play Store.

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Al Jazeera bought CurrentTV and launched a new American network last year, one that presents the news in a different tone than many cable viewers have grown accustomed to. Considering the broader Al Jazeera network is based in Qater, it should come as little surprise that the channel offers more in-depth world coverage and a different perspective than most of its contemporaries.

The app differentiates itself with careful attention to design. Users swipe between stories similarly to Flipboard but scroll text the traditional way after selecting one to read. There is also the ability to swipe from the right of any article to view a very brief "Behind the Story" summary. The app hides the notification bar, but it the leaves virtual navigation keys intact on devices that rely on them. It offers a hands-free audio mode, supports breaking news alerts, lists the channel's show schedule, and seems to be free of ads.

All in all, this is a far more stylish offering that the broader Al Jazeera app launched for tablets last year, and you can check it out for yourself below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • MJ

    I am sure the comments on this post will be of the same high quality as the ones on the AP's previous Al Jazeera tablet app post linked to above --> http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/15/al-jazeera-english-app-for-android-tablets-now-available/

    Hint for the uninformed -- Al Jazeera English is not bias like the regular Al Jazeera news oulet. The best world news reporting one can get outside of maybe the BCC Word News. Our 24/7 cable news stations can't hold a candle to either...

    • Kenton Douglas

      Both, and similar would be nice with Chromecast support.

    • ddpacino

      *BBC you mean?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      So far I was not disappointed, @qwerty led the way.

      I have been watching AJA lately for world news coverage, which has been great. I really like what they're doing.

      • Gunther

        I posted 2 replies, one to Qwerty and one to John Q, but your site seems to have deleted them. Halp me Artem! You are my only hope.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Looks like they're showing up fine. I didn't do anything, probably Disqus lag.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        I think ALE has some of the best quality reporting out there, right along with the Guardian.

  • qwerty

    Stop advertising for the Terrorist News Network

    • aNYthing6

      Really? Come on, dude.

    • cizzlen

      Stop advertising your lower than normal IQ on an Android website.

    • KingofPing

      Out to prove once and for all that you have *not* been paying attention?

      Good job!

    • Gunther


    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Just because it's too complicated for your simple FOX NEWS mind doesn't mean it's terrorist.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        You know, if you object to his unfair characterization of a news network, it's super hypocritical to counter his ignorance with the exact same type of stupid. Shame on you.

        • James

          Calling FOX News a news network? Shame on you.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            There you go! Join in on the ignorance; feel free to completely disregard how hypocritical you're being. Perhaps you'd be better-equipped to understand my point if you gave Fox a watch.

          • IHateYou

            Anyone with a clue knows Fox News is as biased and misinformed and flat out bullshit as you can get.

            It's not news. It's basically the "fuck Obama, everything is his fault" channel. Also "gays are ruining America", "terrorists are everywhere" and so on and so forth.

            No one with even a hint of intelligence believes a word on that channel or would watch it to actually get something informative from it.

            They've even gone to court to say they weren't news, but entertainment. When you do that, you no longer have credibility to stand on.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            I'm not turning this into a debate about Fox News, but you must also be an intellectual midget if you truly believe having some entertainment programing no longer makes you a newscaster. Just because NBC News airs "Lockup" doesn't make them a prison channel. Quit drinking the Jon Stewart Kool-Aid and think for yourself, for once.

            It's evident you don't know what you're talking about, so I'll resume my day now.

          • IHateYou

            Yes. Because pointing out the issues with Fox news automatically makes me a Jon Stewart Kool-Aid drinker. /s

            You're a serious idiot. It's fine if you watch that channel. No one is saying otherwise, but calling it "news" is a stretch.

            And I didn't say having entertainment-like programming makes a channel have no credibility. I'm saying Fox News went to court to argue that they were not actually a "news" channel, everything about it was "entertainment" and as such anything they said could not be held against them. Especially making up facts.

            In other news, Jon Stewart gives a more fair and balanced version of the news than Fox News ever has.

            It's okay. Your moronic beliefs are still intact, despite my pointing out how the channel you apparently worship and defend vehemently online is actually a purely entertainment channel (again, they've argued this in court) and not actually a news one (again, it's on the record).

            Poor baby. You should resume your day. Misguided and wrong as it may be.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Well, that's showed me. Your angry rant has certainly shut me up. Next time, try logic.

  • ddpacino

    I wish CNN would update their damn app. At least the CNNMoney app said that they were working on an update. I don't even know what to stick to.

    I have Circa (love it), but BBC News, Breaking News, ABC News, etc. installed for alerts. I find none of them (maybe except Circa) are perfect at always giving me on-time alerts for breaking news.

    • sal

      Yeah yesterday Fox News got a 2.0 update that brought holo UI to their app

  • John Q

    This is propaganda from Qatar. Just like Russia Today is for Russia. No mater what people say these guys are super bias and will never say anything against their Saudi overlords. Better stick with multiple news outlets for better overview and not this propaganda BS.

    • KingofPing

      Wrong Al Jazeera, man. Try again?

      This is not the Al Jazeera you're looking for...

    • Gunther

      You are right that Al Jaz is biased in some instances, see their coverage of the Arab Spring protests in the Gulf...particularly Bahrain. There's no denying that, they toe the line when Qatar's interests are at stake, and in places such as Syria they do push the agenda of their State sponsor. That said, in instances where Qatar has little interests that they consider pivotal, their reporting is top notch. They do great reports from the Amazon, the situation in the Congo, Rwanda, Thailand, etc. Most of these tend to be in depth reports that look at the good and bad in all the actors involved, including the US. Like any news organization, what you say is true, the best way to get an accurate view of events is to look at multiple sources, but Al Jaz does far better than its American competitors in looking at real issues, and not settling for soundbytes.

      Here in DC, it is widely known that many security focused govt agencies, actually prefer Al Jaz, and have for a while, to CNN, BBC, or any other news outlet due to their wide ranging world news reporting.

      • Nunya Bizniz

        ...that's how they kept such a good handle on Benghazi

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      So what about American news?
      Are they unbiased or are they pro-american propaganda?

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      Saudi =/= Qatar

      • erg

        You have to forgive him, he's American, and there's no known cure.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          So tolerant and understanding. We can't stereotype ethnicities but it's acceptable to put down an entire nation, right?


    • Gabernasher

      Go back to FOX.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Go back to MSNBC, where they actually *DO* falsify stories and edit audiotapes to suit an ideological agenda.

        • Muslim Communist

          Not ideological diversity, but factual diversity.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            So hysterical, I forgot to laugh.

        • Gabernasher


          Or I can just read Al Jazeera America and BBC International...

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Oh, wow. A left-wing hitpiece website; I'm so impressed. Ever heard of George Zimmerman? At least they had the decency NOT to edit the 911 tapes...

            The snarky website does not resolve the glaring incongruity in your statement.

          • Gabernasher

            What? That FOX is full of shit and Al Jazeera America actually has mostly unbiased news? Much more so than any US source of news? Is that the glaring incongruity in my statement?

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            If you think the truth is definable solely by *ALWAYS* and *NEVER* statements, you have a lot to learn, my friend.

            I presumed, based on your reply, that you're in the minority because you feel that their programming is always biased or never accurate, when really quite the opposite is true. I'm not going to personnally articulate my position for you, because if you scroll up and down you'll see it for yourself.

    • lljktechnogeek

      Al Jazeera has yet to have Alex Jones on as a talking head (to my knowledge), which puts them miles ahead of RT.

    • mehim

      Lol I'm a saudi, qatar membership in the regional Council got suspended and al Jazeera is getting kicked out of Saudi Arabia soon for not playing ball - among other things -

  • lljktechnogeek

    Moving away from the poltiical debate that's started below and to the app itself, the whole "white text on solid black background" thing kind of bothers me. It just seems to ruin the visual flow.

    Still, the little TV icon in the upper right that goes to the channel schedule is a nice touch, and bonus points for including the channel number once you tell the app who your cable company is.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    This is awesome news! (Pun intended)