Ethr by Ethr Inc. is an innovative new personal newscaster app that makes keeping up on all the latest news a breeze. Traditionally, when we consume our news we do it by flipping through articles on the web or in paper form and we often watch news in video form as well. At times, this may be hard to do when we’re on the go. Let’s face it, if you’re out for a jog it’s probably not the best idea to be staring at your smartphone's screen. That’s where Ethr comes in. This app takes full advantage of Apple’s built in Siri technology to provide news content in a verbal form that doesn’t require you to stare at the screen. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Traditionally, news apps are reader apps and are often designed to run on one platform alone. If you think about standalone apps by some of the big news reporters like CNN and BBC you’ll get the idea. These apps do a nice job of presenting the news in a polished format but they’re still only one source of the news. Ethr brings together multiple news sources in one user friendly app and it reads the news to you, differentiating it from other apps in this category.
One of the nicest things about Ethr is its fantastic user interface – this is a smooth looking app without any clutter. There are no ads or in-app purchases to slow you down and you won’t have to contend with any annoying pop ups asking you to rate the app either. What you get here is a content rich app designed to give the end user the best experience possible. This app will require 34.4 MB of available space on your iOS device.
The main screen of the Ethr app features a graphical user interface with snapshots from all your favorite news sources which you can customize from within the settings function. Most of the major news sources are represented here including BBC, CNN, and ESPN and they’re easily accessible. To select a category you simply tap on the news source to get started, and then you can navigate through the articles by touch or with voice commands.
The voice control features are what really makes this app special. You can navigate through individual articles by voice command and when you find an article that you want to hear more about you simply play it like you would in your favorite music player. The app uses Siri-like technology to read the articles to you, so you could be out for a jog and catching up on the latest news at the same time or even listen to your favorite news sources while driving your car! Apple’s devices contain some cutting edge technology and this app takes advantage of that to create a unique news reader experience.
Reads articles to you so you don’t have to concentrate on the screen
Multiple news categories
If you’re a news junky but often find yourself in situations where you just don’t have time to keep up with all the latest stories, then you may want to give Ethr a try. This is a unique and innovative news reader that will actually read the articles to you through your headphones so that you can concentrate on other things. This app is a must have if keeping up with the news is an essential part of your day.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.