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November 05, 2012

New Summly App Launched for Browsing, Consuming News on iPhone, iPod Touch


A new mobile app for browsing and consuming automatic summaries of news on either the iPhone (News - Alert) or iPod Touch, is now available at the App Store. This new app, called Summly, is aiming to dramatically improve the mobile news reading experience.

Calling Summly an “amazing piece of technology,” Daniel, founder of Spotify (News - Alert), explained that it easily summarizes world news into a bite-sized format. Needless to say, it’s perfect for those who are constantly in a rush, yet want and need to be in-the-know, he adds.

With this new mobile app, users can quickly browse summaries of articles from hundreds of news sources as well as news in Twitter (News - Alert) streams. By being able to customize news by topic, keyword and news source of interest, users can easily navigate through innovate designs and gestures to most conveniently create and gather their most important news.

In addition to reading summaries, or in this case, ‘summlies’ through the app both on and offline, users can also share summaries with friends via social channels, SMS and e-mail. Additionally, they can see summaries regardless of what iPhone device they are using, as ‘summlies’ adjusts to dynamically fill the screen size of the mobile device.

Currently available for the iPhone, the new app is optimized for any mobile screen and can automatically determine the most relevant facts in a story. Moreover, it automatically generates short summaries, enabling readers to quickly grasp the main points from diverse news sources – from The Wall Street Journal to ESPN (News - Alert).

Founded by Nick D’Aloisio, this new mobile app is available for free from the App Store for both the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as is available at iTunes app store.

“I designed Summly because I felt that my generation wasn't consuming traditional news anymore,” D'Aloisio explained, adding that in designing for the mobile generation, “I believe we've created an app that will benefit anyone who loves reading news on the go.”

“With the Summly app, not only does the 'who, what, when, where and how' of content rise to the top, Summly has the potential to create an ecosystem for the best content to be distributed more broadly,” noted Mary Meeker, a venture capitalist.




Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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