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Newshog (google news and weather)                                                   making news an integral part of your life !

NewsHog is the most comprehensive, feature rich, free news aggregator on Google Play. NewsHog gives you the most news on any topic or location of your choice! This news app has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech and offline reading that take the News reading experience to the next level.

NewsHog is a news reader designed for avid news readers who want the latest news on their fingertips. Whether you are sitting down comfortably to read, or on-the-go, or even sleeping, NewsHog is there for you! Designed around the concept of channels (topics) rather than individual sources, NewsHog currently has more than 100 preconfigured channels (top news, business, technology, sports, etc.,) aggregating thousands of sources via Google News.


NewsHog also includes Google News Regional Editions for many countries, custom channels for any keyword, and even local news for any state, city or zip code. NewsHog is optimized for both phones and tablets with a list layout for phones and optional grid and tile layouts for tablets.

highlights

Winner of Google Play Players choice Award!

Also featured on Google Play in Feb, 2014

Frequently asked questions

We are building our FAQs based on the queries and feedback received from many valuable users like you. Please check if your question is resolved in the list below, or else please do not hesitate to contact us.


o    How to customize your news channels, create your own channel, reorder channels?

Under overflow menu -> channels, you can select from the pre-set 100+ checking the channels of your interest. With the [+] button you could also create a channel of your choice based on the topic or location of interest. You can easily reorder channels by moving channels in the channel selection window.


o    How can I change channel or read next article?

On the main screen, you can swipe right or left to easily change channels in the channel view, and you can also swipe in the article view to navigate easily through articles.


o    How to filter out read articles, and keep track of latest news.

NewsHog automatically marks articles read after a predefined time limit (which you can change via Preferences screen). You can filter read articles by pressing the [show un-read or all articles]. This will save you time in scrolling through the list of articles.


o    Where does the news summary come from?

Early 2014, we launched a news summarization feature that automatically summarizes news articles using advanced machine learning and semantic analysis technology, so that users can consume news even faster on their mobile devices. This 100 word news summary is generated automatically using a novel algorithm that brings together two powerful approaches in natural language processing - statistical language processing and semantics based analysis. Default is set to enable summaries, but user could change that under preferences.


o    How does Text-to-Speech work to listen to news?
How about someone reading the news to you while you are getting ready for work, at the break-fast table, in the car? Just click the [text-to-speech] button (looks like a speaker) and the app will read out the news for you. You can choose to listen to just the headlines in channel view or full articles in article view. Further, by using the [like] button (optional) you could mark all news articles that interest you, and when you use text-to-speech in channel view, these articles will be read in full (enable this option under preferences). You have an option to change the pitch of the text-to-speech voice.


o    How can I set a News Alarm to wake up to the latest news?
If you like to wake up to the latest news, it is easy with NewsHog -> just set up the alarm on your NewsHog application, and it will turn on automatically at the time you specify to read out the latest news headlines from your selected channels.


o    How to read full articles in browser or reader mode?
In article view, NewsHog shows the headline along with a small paragraph of the news article. To read the full article, click on the browser mode icon to open the full article in browser mode, taking you to the publisher's website. Within browser mode, you have an option click on the [reader] button anytime to open the article in reader view mode, formatted properly for the mobile screen.


o    Is there a home screen widget for NewsHog?
Yes, a NewsHog home /lock screen widget is available.


o    How does play-pause text-to-speech (TTS) work by shaking device?
When NewsHog is reading out the news to you, pause it anytime without even looking at your device screen. Just shake your device, and it will automatically pause text-to-speech, and re-shake (after a little pause of ~ 3 sec) to start text-to-speech again. TTS will continue to read from where you paused it. Under settings/preferences, you could change the pitch of the voice and shake intensity. When there is an incoming/outgoing call, text-to-speech automatically pauses.


o    How can I save articles for reading later within NewsHog or save to Pocket?
Simply check the save icon on the top bar when reading an article, and it save your favorite news articles permanently within NewsHog or you can save to Pocket or other applications installed on your device using the [share] button.


o    How do I change the automatic download frequency of news articles?
In the background, we keep downloading and refreshing your channels from our server so when you open NewsHog, the latest articles are there for you. The time interval is set at every 6 hours by default, but it can be modified to your desired frequency via Preferences.


o    How to share articles to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, email, Blogger, etc.?
Simply click on the share icon to share news articles to various social networks, email, text message, etc. In addition, you can click on the like button to mark articles you like to share later.


o    How to translate articles?
When reading a news articles, click on the translate button to translate the news article to your preferred language. The Google Translate app has to be installed on your device.


o    How can you bypass the lock screen and read news by shaking device?
This functionality, when turned on, would allow you to access NewsHog over your locked screen. This way, you do not have to unlock your device to read the headlines and top news. With your privacy in mind, NewsHog does not allow you to share articles or change NewsHog preferences without unlocking. This is an optional feature (go to preference screen to switch it on), since we understand some of you may not want any access to your device without the lock code. This option is switched off by default, so under preferences you will have to turn this functionality on.


o    How to change list-grid-tile layout, font size, background color, etc?
Users can change list/grid/tile layout or font size under Preferences. Grid and Tile view are only available for tablets. User can change the font size in article view by pinching; keeping all content within boundaries of the screen. You can change the background color as well.


o    How do I see Weather updates?
Under overflow menu -> channel, select the channel on Weather to get news on this topic. We are working on releasing a widget on Weather updates.


o    How is NewsHog different from other news aggregators in the market?
NewsHog is a news reader / news aggregator designed for avid news readers who want the latest news on their fingertips. Whether you are sitting down comfortably to read, or on-the-go, or even sleeping, NewsHog is there for you! Designed around the concept of channels rather than individual sources, NewsHog currently has more than 100 channels (top news, business, etc., many more to be added soon) aggregating thousands of sources mostly via Google News. Other sources are coming soon.
In addition to a beautifully designed unique User Interface, some of the exciting features of NewsHog include 100 words news summaries, Text to Speech for listening to news on-the-go, read full articles within NewsHog properly formatted for the mobile/tablet screen, Alarm for waking up to the latest news, instantaneous access to articles pre-downloaded to save you time, offline reading when you don't have internet access, save articles for reading later, lock screen bypass for immediate access to the latest news, and more.


o    Is NewsHog available on iPhone/iPad?
We do not have a version of NewsHog available yet for iPhone/iPad, but we do have plans to develop one in the near future. If you are interested in an iPhone/iPad version, please revisit this website or like NewsHog Facebook page for regular updates.


o    In which countries is NewsHog available?
NewsHog Regional editions are currently available for USA, UK, India, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Singapore, Ireland, Israel, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. You could manually change the regional selection under preferences.



TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS


o    How to clear space on device?
You could change the clean-up frequency under preferences to save space on your device. The default clean up frequency is set to 48 hours, which could be reduced to 24 hours to save space on device.


o    How to resolve issues with Battery drainage?
Check out this cool article “10 Ways to Extend Your Smartphone's Battery Life - WLTX.com


o    How do I logout from Facebook?
In the preferences screen, uncheck ‘Login to Facebook’



WANT NEWSHOG AD FREE?


NewsHog Subscription – Based on several requests from user to provide NewsHog ad-free, we conducted a survey to find the right subscription rate from our valuable users. We are working to launch ad-free subscription version very soon. Subscribing users will also avail the new premium features that are being developed by the NewsHog team.


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