How to Make a News App?

How to Make a News App
Faiza Khalid
CIS engineer | Developer | Tech Writer

Are you wondering how to make a news app? 

The news and magazines app market segment is expected to reach a global market value of 1.77 billion US dollars in 2026, with a CAGR of 8.88%, as reported by Statista. According to the Ipsos MORI US Mobile app research report, a user spends 31 minutes daily on a news app.

The statistics indicate a growing interest in news applications compared to traditional mediums of Television, newspapers, etc., due to easy accessibility to smartphones and internet connectivity for the masses.

The news app market statistics highlight profitable opportunities for interested business investors and startup founders.

Make a News App

A news or magazine app delivers the latest updates and information content on various topics, including politics, sports, culture, entertainment, etc. 

A news app is either a news aggregator app that collects and displays news from various sources, like Feedly, or a brand-specific app that augments a news agency, like the New York Times app.

You will go through the following steps to build a news app:

Perform a Market Research and Decide on App Specifications

You will conduct elaborate news app market research. You will analyze the competitors’ business models, app features, limitations, etc. You will also study the end user demographics, interests, etc.

The current market trends and consumer requirements will help you finalize your news app project scope. Then, you will decide on the app features according to the news app market research. Every popular news app has the following key features:

Sign-in: Your news app should have an easy sign-in process. You will offer sign-up options with minimum personal details requirements and via social media channels, like Facebook, Google account, etc. 

News categories: You will organize news under various categories like regional, international, political news, business news, weather updates, sports news, etc.

Push notifications: This feature helps keep users active on your news app. Users easily click personalized notifications and breaking news alerts to read news on subjects of their interest.

News Search: You will provide a news filter and search option so that app users can easily find the news of their interest.

Content Formats: You need to offer news content in various formats, such as videos, articles, audio, etc. Infographics, high-quality images, etc., enhance the quality of your application and increase user engagement.

User interaction tools: Features such as user comments, likes, bookmarks, etc., help users give feedback and save news content to view later.

Social media integrations: You will offer interactions with other social media channels so that users can easily share news content from your app with their social media contacts on other platforms.  

The news app features are not just limited to these. You will offer features that make your app stands out from the rest. You will decide on the news app specifications and enlist them in a system requirements specification document. 

Your development team will consult this SRS document to build a news app as you require. You can read our article for tips on writing good project specifications.

Form a News App Development Team

You will require a competent project development team to create a news app. You will hire for multiple roles as follows:

  • A project manager manages the complete app development lifecycle, assigns tasks to other team members, tracks the progress, ensures timely delivery of app features, etc.
  • A business analyst analyzes business product limitations and offers solutions according to the target market trends and expectations.
  • A UI/UX designer designs an interactive app user interface.
  • A native app developer develops a mobile app for a particular operating system, such as Android, iOS, etc.
  • A hybrid app developer makes a cross-platform mobile app.
  • An app tester tests mobile apps for their functionality and performance.

Select a News App Development Methodology

You will need to decide on a software development methodology for your development team. Appropriate app development and management framework help a project manager manage the project progress and developers follow a uniform software development process. 

Software development teams commonly use agile methods, such as Scrum, Kanban, etc., to develop mobile applications.

For example, scrum, an agile development framework, divides an entire software development project into multiple iterations.

A scrum team delivers a deployable app feature at the end of each iteration, called sprint. Sprints shorten the time to market and efficiently tend to the frequently changing app market requirements.

You will build a small cross-functional scrum team with your developers, testers, and a scrum master (project manager). Your scrum team will conduct daily and weekly scrum meetings to discuss roadblocks, propose solutions, track performance, etc.

For more details, you can read our article on how to build a scrum team.

Provide App Development Infrastructure

You will provide software app development infrastructure to your development team, including development IDEs, testing tools, networking services, APIs, memory management, database solutions, etc.

Cloud computing technologies help businesses access the latest app development technologies, backend resources with fast scalability, development, and testing tools with no installation or maintenance costs, etc.

We would advise you to opt for a mobile backend-as-a-service to save you time with installation, configuration, and maintenance.

A cloud service provider will host and maintain your app development infrastructure, and your team will focus entirely on app development.

For example, the Amazon MBaaS platform, AWS Amplify, assists developers to build complex and enterprise-level applications. It manages API integrations, database storage, app deployment, ML features, etc.

Some other MBaaS providers include Firebase by Google, Apple CloudKit, Progress Kinvey, etc.

Design a News App

Your UI/UX designers will create your news app interface and layout. A news app has a minimalist interface that allows users to read news reports, watch video updates, etc.

Your app designers will use UI principles of balance, contrast, pattern, etc., and UX factors like usability, usefulness, accessibility, etc., to design an intuitive and interactive app layout. 

They will follow Material Design and Human Interface Guidelines to design Android and iOS mobile apps.

Design tools like Figma, Marvel, Proto.io, etc., will help your UI/UX designers create app wireframes and design mockups.

Develop an MVP

Your app developers will code the news app according to the prototypes designed by UI/UX designers. We would advise you to start with a minimum viable product for your news application.

A minimum viable product or an MVP is a software product with just the core app functionality. An MVP helps business owners analyze the software potential in the user market.

Your developers will create a news app MVP with essential features and deploy it for early customers. You will collect customer feedback, and developers will incorporate user feedback into successive development cycles. 

This way, your news app will improve according to the target customers’ expectations.

There are two types of mobile applications; native apps and hybrid apps. Both app types require a specific skill set.

Native App Development

Native mobile apps are specific to a mobile operating system. They use device software and hardware components, like camera, memory, GPS, etc., and give an optimized performance. 

Android and iOS are major operating systems in the mobile user market. You can develop apps for both to reach the maximum number of mobile users.

iOS App Development

Developers use Objective-C or Swift programming languages to develop apps for Apple devices. Swift has easy syntax with a low learning curve. It is also compatible with Objective-C.

Apple recommends Swift and offers a range of supporting tools for iOS app development. For example, your developers will use Xcode IDE by Apple to code, debug, and compile an iOS app. They will use SwiftUI to code an intuitive application frontend, Jazzy for style documentation, etc.

Moreover, your news app developers will use APIs like Apple News to publish and manage news articles, User Notifications to send important app alerts, Apple Pay for an in-app purchases gateway, etc.

Android App Development

Android app developers mostly use Java programming language. It is platform-independent, and a majority of Android SDKs use Java. Kotlin is also gaining popularity in android app development since its release and support by Google.

You can read the comparison of Java and Kotlin in our article.

Your developers will use tools like Android Studio IDE, Android Virtual Device Manager, Android Asset Studio, etc., to build an engaging news app for Android.

Moreover, your developers will use APIs like Newsdata(io), News API, etc., to integrate news feeds into Android applications. Other APIs and libraries like Notifications, Social, Authorization, etc., by Android help developers build these app features efficiently.

Hybrid App Development

Hybrid apps, also called cross-platform apps, are not platform-specific and run on every mobile device. Developers write app code once and deploy it for every platform. 

App code is wrapped in a native container to give a specific OS experience. However, the hybrid app experience is less in performance and interactivity than native apps.

Your app developers will use standard web technologies, like HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, to write a hybrid app code base. Frameworks like TailWindCSS, Next.js, Ionic, etc., will provide support to develop hybrid apps quickly.

Moreover, your hybrid app developers will use APIs like Web Search, Newsriver, News API, etc., to integrate news feeds, OneSignal, Experience API, etc., for push notifications, and APIs like Facebook API, Twitter API, etc., for social media integrations.

Database Development

Your news app will require a database system for easy data storage and retrieval. As your news content will be in various formats, including videos, text, images, etc., your developers will need database technology to handle unstructured data, such as MongoDB.

Your developers will design a database model that explains various business entities and processes for a news application. Different data modeling techniques include relational, entity-relationship, object-oriented, etc.

Developers will use a database management system to implement this data model. Your developers will also consider scalability and security requirements when choosing a database management system. 

Some database solutions for mobile applications other than MongoDB include Couchbase, PostgreSQL, etc.

Big Data and Machine Learning

Your developers should be familiar with the latest technologies of artificial intelligence to build advanced capabilities in your news applications. 

Today a large volume of business data is available for businesses. Businesses can utilize this enormous data for enhanced business intelligence, leading to better customer understanding, future business strategies, and business growth.

Your developers should be able to process and handle the big data and utilize it via machine learning models.

Some ML-based features in a news app include a display of personalized news content, classification of news articles, news reports summarization, fake news detection, etc.

Multiple programming libraries and software tools are available that help businesses run machine learning models quickly without implementing ML algorithms from scratch.

However, your developers should be familiar with ML concepts and algorithms like supervised learning, unsupervised learning, regression analysis, clustering, classification, etc., to adopt a suitable machine-learning model for your business data.

Some machine-learning libraries and tools include Scikit-learn, Numpy, Keras, Apache SystemDS, GraphLab, etc.

Test your News Application

Your app testers will test your news application and ensure it runs correctly without any errors or bugs. Test engineers run multiple tests to guarantee mobile application usability, functionality, performance, security, etc.

App testers automate test scripts to test functional and non-functional requirements and efficiently complete the application’s quality assurance process.

Some automated testing tools that will help your QA team include XCTest for ios apps, Espresso for Android apps, Appium for native and hybrid apps, etc.

Publish your News App

Once your news app passes all the quality assurance checks by app testers, your developers will start app deployment. They will publish an iOS news app on Apple App Store according to Apple publishing guidelines and an Android news app on Google Play Store per their guidelines.

Developers use DevOps practices to introduce agility in the development process, quickly develop high-quality software with continuous testing and integration, etc.

Some software tools to help build a DevOps pipeline are Apache Maven for dev process automation, Bamboo for continuous integration, GitHub for version control, Kubernetes for configuration management, etc.

Read our articles on how to build a DevOps pipeline and the top DevOps tools available in the market for more information.

Monitor and Maintain

You will continue to monitor your news app performance in the app store after the app publishment. Your business development team will implement ASO (app store optimization) to help your news app rank better on the app store.

You will also gauge user feedback via app store reviews and in-app surveys. Tools like SurveySparrow, UserGuiding, etc., will help you implement in-app survey forms in your news app.

Your app development team will plan the successive development iterations according to the user feedback.

You also need to maintain your app to keep it alive and active among users. There are continuous software updates and advancements in hardware technologies.

Your developers need to keep your news app up to date with the latest software versions and hardware updates to give excellent performance.

Your development team will also need to provide technical support in case of any bugs or glitches in the app’s performance.

Ready to Build a News App?

The mobile app market is quite competitive. Your app will take more than basic features to compete with the popular news apps in the market. You will need competent developers to build a news app with advanced features.

If you, as a business CEO or CTO, do not find experienced app developers and testers on your project team, we would advise you to partner with an experienced software development company.

Why not outsource your complete news app development project or hire required developers from the expert developers’ community at DevTeamSpace? All our developers are experts in the latest software development technologies and have experience in software solutions development for multiple industries.

You can write to us your initial app development project specifications, and one of our account managers will get back to you to discuss how we can help.

FAQs on How to Make a News App

1. How do I make a simple news app?

You can use a news app builder like MobiLoud News to build free news apps with simple UI and features. For complex news apps like Google News, Yahoo News, etc., you will require custom app development.

2. How do I create a mobile app?

You will perform market research on your app idea, finalize your app specifications, partner with competent developers, and provide them with development tools. Your development team will design, build, test, and deploy your own mobile application in app stores.

3. How do I start my own news app business?

You need to decide if you want to make a news aggregator or a business-specific app. Next, you will conduct user market research and decide on your own app features. You will also devise app marketing and monetization strategies. You will require an expert development team to make a successful news app and grow your business.


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