For a country with a relatively small population and small media pool, Sweden is leading globally in news consumption on mobile. According to Reuters Digital News Report 2016, almost 70% of Swedes are using mobile phone to access news. This is thanks to its early efforts in building infrastructure and developing mobile news service. While legacy publishers such as Expressen and Aftonbladet are still the prominent sources, these emerging services promise changes to Swedish news consumption practices. Read on to discover some of the most innovative news apps here in Sweden.
What it is: Quick news for the concerned citizens
In the age of information overload and fake news, Omni is Sweden’s best offer in both content and user interface.
So what makes Omni different from the ordinary news app? Omni collects news from over 1000 international and Swedish news sources. Better yet, the news are neatly summarized in all sorts of perspectives and approaches by Omni special editors – so you can be assured that these are confirmed sources – with the link to the original article. The app offers a sleek newsmix page where you can set your interest categories and receive push notifications on your news interests. This means you control your own news flow while still receive important news from all over the world.
Omni is building a strong readership – 500,000+ readers and still counting! The service is determined to become one of the biggest mobile news outlets in Sweden. With the positive feedback it has been receiving, that sounds like a feasible goal.
Lokala nyheter – Bildnytt
What it is: Participatory news with a local outlook
Lokala Nyheter – Bildnytt delivers short, quick local news to your mobile device. News are displayed in a map so you can get an overview of local news. Type in the area you want to be updated on, and the news will be sent to your phone. With the app, readers can also contribute news to their area, Bildnytt’s editorial staff will check the facts before the news is updated. Although the service is only available in Gävle and Sundsvall right now, you can still sign up for Bildnytt’s news notification on your local area. Bildnytt is a great combination of digital news and citizen journalism, and there is more to expect in the future.
What it is: Your Spotify-like app but for reading!
There is a little of everything for everyone on Ztory. With one subscription, thousands of newspapers, magazines and children books are within your fingertips. The service doesn’t generate press per se, but they do make access to publications much easier. Ztory’s broad publication database covers a wide range of categories and interests, making sure that everyone can enjoy a relaxing read wherever and whenever they are. The service is subscription-based with different price points – from a minimum fee of 49kr/month for unlimited access! You can enjoy both online and offline readings on your account, and access them on up to five devices!
We hope you are happy with our news app suggestion! Make sure to check out the apps and follow us for more updates on the Swedish App Scene!