News Alarm – indie app of the day

August 9, 2014
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news alarm review

What is News Alarm?

News Alarm is a mixture between a podcast application and a news application. How it works is you set an alarm and then pick a podcast or two. When the alarm goes off then the app will start to play the podcast instead of a ringtone, alarm tone, or music. It’s built for people who like to wake up to the news.

The app layout is pretty simple. It uses the Google Now style card-based layout and each card is an alarm. You can set multiple alarms if you want to and have each one go off with a different podcast. From there, you just wait for the alarm and listen to the podcast while you perform your morning ablutions. It’s really easy to use.

The podcast line up is a little small but it has a lot of really good ones including NPR, The Guardian, BBC, and Joe Rogan among others. There are more categories too including movies, comedy, music, and business.

Aside from the main features, there isn’t much more to this application and we admit the user base is probably pretty niche. We would’ve liked to have seen support for more podcasts or even see the podcast scrape iTunes like Pocket Casts or Doggcatcher.

news alarm screenshot

Why use two apps when one will do?

PROS
  • Combines alarms and podcasts into a single app that wakes you up with what you like to listen to.
  • Some of the biggest names in podcasting is present.
  • Card-based interface is modern, colorful, and enjoyable.
  • Free with no in app purchases and I know how much you guys like that.
CONS
  • It's a new app which means bugs.
  • Doesn't scrape iTunes which severely limits your podcast selection.
  • Can't add your own podcasts.
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Overall, this is a useful alarm if you happen to like podcasts and alarms. We imagine most people who would be into this are those who like the news but it can be useful for those who like movies, music, and other non-news genres. It’s free to use with no in app purchases so if you’re interested, there’s no harm in trying it out.
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