Your Twitter feed.
The morning paper on your doorstep.
Televisions in the doctor’s office waiting room.
The news is everywhere you look!
It isn’t surprising—the news is important. People want to know what’s happening in the world, both politically and culturally.
There’s one more place you can find news: your Android phone.
And that’s not all! You can actually watch and read the news in Chinese to learn the language while you get your daily news fix.
We made a list of some seriously great Chinese news apps for Android that you can download now.
First, let’s look at why Chinese news apps are such a lucrative way to practice Chinese on the go.
How Can Chinese News Apps Help Me Learn Mandarin?
- Reading the news or watching news clips in Mandarin can improve your listening and reading skills. The best way to become more fluent in the way of listening and reading is to, quite simply, listen to and read Chinese.
- Chinese news apps make practicing Chinese on the go easy. You can work on practicing Chinese on the bus, at the gym and anywhere you find yourself with a bit of time, right from your Android device.
- Learning about Chinese culture is part of learning the language, and you get the best of both with Chinese news apps. Not only will you get to practice your Chinese language skills with these apps, but you’ll get some vital exposure to what life is like in China and other Mandarin-speaking nations today.
Spread the News! Here Are 5 Chinese News Apps for Android
China News | 中国新闻
China News | 中国新闻 is a great free news app to use if you’re more interested in reading newspapers than televised news broadcasts through an app. It’s also a solid resource for advanced learners to brush up on their reading skills, as the entire app (navigation included) is in Chinese.
This app has quite a few unique features, including the following:
- You have a “favorites” section
- You can remove certain newspapers from your feed
- You have the option to select a default news source
- You can block images to reduce data consumption
- Share news articles quickly and easily via SMS and social media
Dozens of Chinese and Taiwanese national newspapers are available through this app and are updated semi-regularly. There are some ads here and there, but not nearly enough to be a readability or usability issue.
Taiwan has a huge Mandarin-speaking population, so it’s only natural that a free Taiwanese newspaper app would make our list!
This app is great for learners who plan on traveling to Taiwan at some point and want to learn about current happenings in the country while also improving their Chinese.
With TaiwanNews (台灣新聞), you’ll have access to the following:
- Dozens of newspaper publications
- In-app access to Chinese-language versions of websites such as Xingbar and Yahoo Finance
- Chinese and Taiwanese news articles
- A ton of choices for genres and topics
- A “save” option for publications and individual news posts
- Clear, accurate and authentic Chinese articles
Beginners may be a bit lost since everything is exclusively in Chinese characters, but intermediate and advanced learners will appreciate the clarity and simplicity of this app’s navigation. The only downside to this app is that it tends to consume a lot of data, so if that’s not your cup of tea, we’d suggest trying something else.
CHINA DAILY – 中国日报
This news app for Android is perfect for all levels of learners, especially newbies. The navigation is in English, so you can easily find different types of content with ease.
China Daily has both news articles and video clips, plus live broadcasting feeds and worldwide news. You can choose either English or Chinese subtitles and translation for all the content, so it’s definitely customizable for your needs!
China Daily also offers:
- A rewards system for sharing, reading, liking and commenting that results in free gifts
- Chinese language-learning resources in addition to news
- A built-in Chinese-English dictionary
- Personalized recommendations for articles and videos
- Push notifications
This app is unique in that it has an “audible” function for all of its written content. This way, you can practice your listening skills while reading an article at the same time. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
This app is definitely for more advanced learners. Navigation and content through Duowei News is entirely in Chinese characters, and there aren’t many translation options.
Still, this app is pretty awesome and totally free to download and use.
With Duowei News, you can access the following:
- Newspaper articles
- News video clips with Chinese audio
- Lifestyle, economics, politics, breaking news and other subjects
- Personalized content recommendations
- International content
Duowei News is also very user-friendly with a sleek, easy-to-read interface. What sets this app apart from the rest is the sheer volume of content. While Duowei doesn’t have an official list of all its news contributors, one can assume that literally hundreds of newspapers and news shows provide ever-changing content for this app. You’ll never run out of news content with this one!
民視新聞 (Mín shì xīnwén) — “Folk News” from Formosa Television is a TV news application that reports on current happenings in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Reading is fun and all, but some of you out there may want to focus solely on your listening and comprehension skills. This useful app is perfect for you, as video clips make up the bulk of its content.
With 民視新聞, you get:
- 24/7 breaking news broadcasts
- Constantly revolving, changing content
- Videos from YouTube, Weibo, Twitter, Youku, etc.
- A ton of news sources for a variety of content
- Clear video and audio
- Weather forecast, along with political, lifestyle, economic and educational content
This television news app is 100% free to use and has a ton of interesting content to scroll through. Beginners may have trouble dealing with the exclusively Chinese navigation, but if you can get past that, you have the opportunity to really improve your newbie listening skills.
Some of these videos have Chinese or English subtitles, but the majority of them don’t.
It’s so easy to access Chinese news with apps!
Hopefully, a few of these Mandarin-language news apps will find a home in your smartphone for a long time.
Em Casalena is a published author, freelance writer and music columnist who writes about a lot of stuff, from music to films to language.