Dailyhunt UWP app for Windows 10: Now on PC, Tablet & Mobile

Dailyhunt, the first multilingual app on the Windows 10 platform, that provides content in 14 Indian languages just got upgraded to a whole new level of awesome! And yes, we may end up bragging a little.

First off, the Dailyhunt UWP app is engineered to provide you a great reading experience on Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile! You can check it out here.

These are some of the key features introduced in our latest update.

  • Dailyhunt on Mobile: Get it from the Windows Store!
  • Dark Theme: Give your eyes that extra comfort by switching to the new Dark theme on Dailyhunt. We have painstakingly picked the colours for the interface keeping in mind, aesthetics, as well as readability.
  • eBook Reader: A comprehensive eBook reader for all the books in your Dailyhunt library. Fully featured with bookmarks, font settings and dark theme (we won’t let you forget about this one). You can also pin your favourite books to start menu.
  • Deeplinks: Links to Dailyhunt content from other apps and browser can now be opened in the app (if installed of-course) for a better, distraction free experience.
  • Cortana: Speak up! It took us some time but we made Dailyhunt very obedient to voice commands. Try saying, “Dailyhunt show latest headlines” and our app will pop a list of news stories based on your language preference up front.

Did you know we also have an army of elves working on the app day and night? Our team is working continuously to make your app experience better by the update, be it new features or under the hood improvements – tightening screws and fixing stuff here and there. We continue to squash bugs, while also finding ways to improve performance and keep everything up and running.

A gigantic THANK YOU to our Users for their support and great reviews (yes, they matter). Keep the love coming and we will return the favour, always.

Team Dailyhunt

 

P.S. If you haven’t tried Dailyhunt yet, you are missing out on something awesome! Get it here.

 

Dailyhunt on Desktop: Download now for Windows 10

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Dailyhunt serves millions of users daily, and our mission has never changed: to make it easier for people to enjoy the best content in their language, on any device.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce the Dailyhunt Desktop News App for Windows 10!

The Dailyhunt Universal Windows App is now available for download on Windows 10 desktops in an avatar not seen before. Read news and content in English and 14 Indian languages and from 600+ different sources. News, blogs, photo galleries and videos, are all available to you in an easy to use, full screen experience.

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Click to download the Dailyhunt app for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store

Your experience on the Dailyhunt Desktop app for Windows 10 is personalized through a recommended news stream that learns from your reading behavior and suggests content that will enjoy reading.

Customize your app by choosing topics that interest you and in the order that you want. Add trending topics to your list and follow the latest news and read the latest content.

Want to use the app in your own language? You can change the entire app to function in your favorite language.

Bookmark stories that you wish to read later and find them all in one single screen in the Saved Stories section.

We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for the Dailyhunt Desktop App. Send us your thoughts via the Feedback form (Settings > Feedback) or drop us a line at YourFriends@Dailyhunt.in.

Coming soon for Dailyhunt UWP: Windows 10 Mobile App, Dailyhunt Books & Dailyhunt Buzz!

Click here to download the Dailyhunt UWP Desktop App from the Windows Store.

Announcing Buzz

We know you need a break. You need a smile, and a moment to wind down from your busy schedule.

When you update Dailyhunt today, you’ll see a new section: Buzz, the best of trending videos, funny pics, images and memes on the internet.

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Buzz helps you find short form content – from funny videos to how-tos to entertaining clips to cute animals. Today most of this section is curated by Dailyhunt team with some help from our partners. We are working to quickly expand this and to let you share such content directly on Dailyhunt.

Speaking of sharing – we know you would like to express more, and with buzz we have made it easier for you to share your reaction to the buzz posts through emojis, and start conversations through comments.

screenshot_20160926-175137This is also an effort to mix our current product of a serious news app with lightweight-entertaining-content to grow Dailyhunt in becoming “the daily opened app” for local language content in all forms.

Get your updated version now for Android. Updates for iPhone/iPad & Windows phone are coming soon.

As always, we learn more from you than any other source. Please keep writing us your suggestions on how to make Dailyhunt better.

 

Keep buzzing!

Namaste Dailyhunt

Five years ago we started NewsHunt with a goal of bringing regional language content in hands of Indian mobile users.

Since then we have grown to be the largest news and ebooks application in the country. What started with solving technology problem for local language news has grown into solutions for ebooks, magazines and comics.

We now serve millions of users, but our mission has never changed: to make it easier for people to enjoy the best content in their language, on any device.

Today we are introducing our next avatar of NewsHunt – now called Dailyhunt

Dailyhunt is everything you’ve loved about NewsHunt and more – the app is now in your language. It is cleaner with richer viewing experience and with a ton of new features to help you discover and read articles, books, comics and more.

Get your updated version now for Android. Updates for iPhone/iPad & Windows phone are coming soon.

What’s new in Dailyhunt:

New design: We’ve created a beautiful interface focused on making the experience of reading lighter, cleaner and without distractions. The UI is in your language making the experience native for your consumption

Personalized streams: The beauty is not just skin deep, the experience is personalized through a recommended news stream that learns from your reading behavior and suggests content in the form of news, books, and videos.

Favorites: Tag your favorite topics and sources for easy access and better personalized news stream. Topics range from local news, technology, travel to recipes in your language.

Buy Individual chapters: Select books are now available for sale with option to buy individual chapters. A much requested feature both by our readers & publishers. More books with individual chapter sales are being added every day. Dailyhunt chapter wise billing

New languages: Welcome, आईं ना(bhojpuri) readers. Assamese, Sindhi and Nepali coming next.

New Countries: We are thrilled to now serve Srilanka, & UAE There is a lot more to come, and we hope you find the new Dailyhunt as exciting as we do.

Finally..

Thank you for your continued support over the years. We love to hear from you. Please let us know if we could be doing better with our product (or anything else for that matter :))

Download Dailyhunt now for Android

– The entire Dailyhunt team

We Welcome Readers of Urdu to NewsHunt, سلام علیکم

Language of poetry and art, and often quoted as a one of the most beautiful spoken languages is now available on NewsHunt. We are delighted to bring together The Siasat Daily, and BBC Urdu on our platform with additional content partners coming soon.

The Siasat Daily on NewsHunt

Urdu news on NewsHunt is currently available on Android, and will be available on rest of our supported platforms soon. Please install NewsHunt now and let us know what you think.

ثبات ایک تغیر کو ہے زمانے میں
[Sabaat aik taghayyur ko hey zamaney mey.]

Only change is permanent.
Famous Urdu poet Allama Iqbal (1877-1938)

NewsHunt becomes first in India to launch Magazine eSingles together with Delhi Press

Continuing our efforts to get best of Indian language long-form content in hands of our users, we are now adding Magazine eSingles to NewsHunt together with Delhi Press and its award winning magazines – The Caravan, Manohar Kahaniyan and Saras Salil. These magazines are offered on chargeable basis to customers with a variable pricing for singles and as well as complete issues. Within the first ten days of offering the content of the three magazine, we have seen more than 5000 purchases of magazines which goes on to showcase the intrinsic value  & demand of such content as well as willingness at the reader’s end to pay for such content. We are now working with Delhi Press to offer content from all the group’s 37 magazines on our app.

The Caravan is the first and only publication in India devoted to narrative journalism. It’s stories present a unique mix of detailed reporting, lively and vivid writing and a commitment to the art of storytelling whether the subject is politics, culture, travel or art. Drawing on the tradition established by international magazines like The New Yorker and Granta, The Caravan presents a rich and nuanced picture of contemporary India in all its complexity. Since its relaunch in 2010, the magazine has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most sophisticated publications – a showcase for the region’s finest writers and a distinctive blend of rigorous reporting, incisive criticism and commentary, stunning photo essays, and gripping new fiction and poetry.

Launched in 1993, the big hit amongst readers in cities, towns, rural India’s villages & hamlets, Saras Salil is the largest read fortnightly magazine in India with a total circulation of more than a million. Published in 5 languages namely Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Telegu, Saras Salil provides news, information and entertainment in a language that is simple to understand for the young educated masses. In the respect, Saras Salil is a complete read for the progressive working younger generation, with a strong emphasis on politics and social issues as matter to him, balanced with entertainment. At the same time, the magazine has an entertaining side to it with a mix of racy imagery, satire, and buoyant stories

Manohar Kahaniyan was launched in 1944, and has been one of the foremost entertainment magazines in India, known for its spellbinding real life stories. In 1994,Manohar Kahaniyan was the largest read magazine in India. By bringing alive real life drama through its stories; Manohar Kahaniyan has charmed practically the entire Hindi reading public. Manohar Kahaniyan is a name synonymous with the genre of crime and thriller storytelling, an ode to the adage that “truth is stranger than fiction”. It carries stories from real life crime that have shaken a family, a community and sometimes even the country. Whether it is death, deceit, crime, or real life drama, Manohar Kahaniyan brings out the motivations and emotions in a narrative format that brings it easier for people to understand the chronology of events, a buildup of the plot and sub-plots and an interesting climax.

Packaged for easy consumption on a smartphone and offered at a great price, these eSingles offer a great new way for you, our readers, to connect with some of most compelling voices at The Caravan and read exciting new stories from authors of Manohar Kahaniyan.

To make payment easy and seamless for readers who do not have access to traditional payment methods, the magazines and eSingles are available for purchase using mobile operator billing(Currently only for Indian users).

Give it a read and let us know what you think? More magazines and singles coming soon.

You can Download NewsHunt on Android here

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NewsHunt for Windows 8 Tablets Now Available

We are pleased to announce that NewsHunt is now also available for Windows 8/8.1 Tablet users.

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This touch-friendly, tile based NewsHunt is optimized for Microsoft’s Windows 8 Modern UI and designed together with Microsoft team to ensure users get the best experience possible on their Windows 8 tablets, touch screen laptops and other compatible devices.

For more information on NewsHunt for Windows 8 Tablets, download the app from Windows 8 app store. We look forward to your continued feedback and support.

 

eBooks now on NewsHunt

We excited to announce support for eBooks on NewsHunt, and proud bring together for the first time a collection of never before digitized Indian language eBooks to readers of Indian literature.

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The e-books are currently available in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi & English from over 50 regional language publishers, with additional languages and books being added every day. These ebooks are available under the books section of NewsHunt app in readable text ebooks format(not images/pdfs). We have kept your bandwidth usage and small file size in mind and have optimized each book for best mobile experience.

Our catalog contains a mix of free and paid books from popular Indian authors such as Surender Mohan Pathak, Rajesh Kumar, Rashmi Bansal and Chetan Bhagat amongst others. Besides credit/debit cards, the books can also be purchased directly through your mobile operator and will be charged to your mobile balance.

NewsHunt eBook Reader

To provide a rich reading experience – our ebook reader supports ability to customize your reading experience by setting font sizes and background color.

The eBooks on NewsHunt is currently available on Android. It will be available on iPhone and Windows Mobile soon. Please install NewsHunt now and let us know what you think.

Permission Marketing: Impact on Mobile Application Install Rates

At NewsHunt we have been lucky enough to have continued love of our users. Most of our app releases include a heavy mix of user suggested features and as a result we see a quick uptake on version updates with most users upgrading to new version within a few days.

We recently made a release on Android where we noticed a dramatic drop in new version upgrade rates.

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If you are not familiar with Google Play’s Developer console – the above two graphs show “Daily Upgrades By Device”, and “Daily Upgrades by Device By App Version”. All the nice spikes that you see are when we have released a new build, all except one for July 2nd where we saw a relative adoption rate of only 30%.

Quick investigation led to a new feature that we had added to support MRAID.

MRAID, or “Mobile Rich Media Ad Interface Definitions” is the IAB Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence’s project to define a common API (Application Programming Interface) for mobile rich media ads that will run in mobile apps.  This is a standardized set of commands, designed to work with HTML5 and JavaScript, that developers creating rich media ads will use to communicate what those ads do (expand, resize, get access to device functionalities such as the accelerometer, etc) with the apps they are being served into.

One of the possible ad types that MRAID supports is ability to show ads that lets you save an event detail(imagine an ad for a concert) to your device calendar. To enable access to device calendar, Android wants you to specify the same as part of application property/permissions.

“We all have to pay our bills, we understand, so far so good” you say – till you notice the permissions screen that you now get when you try to install NewsHunt:

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To be honest, and credit where due – our QA did notice this. But we were all so used to clicking the ACCEPT button, especially for our own app, any concerns were quickly brushed aside saying “no one reads this”.

Well apparently they do, and they do not like it.

Few loyal users noticed it too – and asked rather nicely to what was going on.  We quickly realized our mistake, removed that calendar event ad feature, and released a new build. Within few days it was business as usual.

What did we learn from all this?

a) An average user – even in India (where people give their mobile numbers to everyone) cares deeply about their privacy.

b) People do read the App Permissions screen, so be careful what you ask for.

c) Listen to your QA team 🙂

More on Android Permissions

More on Permission Marketing

Get Free Mobile Recharge on NewsHunt

NewsHunt is now number 1 news application in India on all leading mobile platforms: Google Play, iOS App Store, Windows Phone, and Nokia Ovi Store.

In recognition of continued support from our existing users, we are happy to announce free mobile recharges for our users who invite their friends to try out NewsHunt. First time users get ₹15, and each additional invite gets you ₹10.

Get Free Recharge

Happy reading NewsHunt and enjoy your recharges.

NOTE: This is only applicable to users in India.