Everybody can find almost everything online as the world is transitioning to a digital avenue. This digital revolution has gained pace, and the media industry is no stranger to it. Online news apps are increasingly replacing traditional newspapers. Online news apps have several features that make them preferable to conventional newspapers. Let’s look at the features that have contributed to the popularity of online news apps.
- You get the news in different languages:
Unlike traditional newspapers, where the factual information is written in just one language, online news apps give you the convenience of choosing your preferred language. You can get live news in Hindi, English, or your regional language. Even if an in-app translation is unavailable, you can easily copy and paste the text into a third-party translator and get it translated for free.
- You get live updates:
Traditional newspapers summarize the happenings of the entire day and deliver that in a printed form every morning. If something significant happens in the middle of the day, you will get the news the next day if you use a newspaper to access new bulletins. Online news apps address this challenge excellently by providing live updates of the local news you’re interested in. You’ll only need a stable internet connection and a phone to get the latest updates no matter where you are.
- You can adjust your preferences:
You may have noticed different sections in the newspaper, such as sports, international, and entertainment news, to name a few. But nobody can deny that searching for the information you’re looking for line-by-line can be time-consuming and tiring. Online news apps eliminate this problem by letting the readers adjust their preferences. Additionally, intelligent algorithms automatically understand your preferences and recommend news that is relevant to you. Furthermore, you can quickly type the heading of the news article you’re searching for.
- The content is more interactive:
Reading can be a tiresome task. Especially in newspapers, a reader is more likely to lose focus in the myriad of black-and-white words and letters. This problem doesn’t exist with news apps as they provide you with audio and video assistance. Such apps function similarly to news channels, but the content you see is personalized based on your preferences. Moreover, it’s scientifically proven that people retain more information from visuals than audio or textual media. Videos and images are powerful elements that online news apps utilize to keep the audience engaged and motivated to keep scrolling further.
- Anybody can access it quickly:
The biggest drawback of print media is the lack of assistance to people with disabilities. On the other hand, online news portals are more inclusive of people with disabilities. For example, a person with blindness would likely need somebody else to read out the newspaper to them. But, if they use their voice to control their phones, a news app will probably be able to read the news aloud. It will help people with disabilities become self-reliant. Additionally, people with poor eyesight have the convenience of zooming in or increasing the text size, which is something they can’t do if they’re reading from a newspaper.