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Top 5 Indian Alternatives to UC News App

UC News is one of the most popular news applications in India, with over 50 million users. However, amongst other Chinese apps, it has been red-flagged by Indian Intel agencies. Fortunately, there are several better Indian news apps available in the market. So, if you’re looking for other options, here are the top five Indian alternatives to UC News for Android & iOS.

Also, read- Top 5 Non-Chinese Alternatives to UC Browser.

Indian Alternatives to UC News for Android & iOS

1. Inshorts 

Inshorts grabs the latest news from multiple national, international sources and compiles them in a short and crisp 60-word format. The same is personalized for you and is available in both Hindi and English languages.

The intuitive UI makes it easier to swipe through bite-sized news. You can swipe up for the next story, swipe left for the full post, and right to discover different categories. Plus, it automatically learns through your likings as you browse.

The app presents stories from various genres, including cricket, Bollywood, science, politics, business, technology, etc. You can also manually set a topic’s relevance and share news directly on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social platforms.

Developed by: Inshorts MediaLabs Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

Android iOS

2. Jio News 

On Jio News, you can not only read the latest news but can also stay updated with trending videos, live cricket scores, and hashtags. Currently, it features about 250+ e-papers and 800+ Magazines from India and all over the world.

The app supports over 12 languages, including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, etc. And one can enjoy content from 600+ publications in over fifteen genres, counting in national, political, sports, entertainment, business, and technology.

There’s also a separate live TV section with access to over 190+ live news channels sourced from JioTV. Jio users can access lifetime premium benefits while non-Jio users get a trial period of 540 days.

Developed by: Reliance Corporate IT Park Ltd, Navi Mumbai

Android iOS

3. DailyHunt (formerly NewsHunt)

DailyHunt is another popular Indian alternative to UC News featuring a perfect blend of news, entertainment, and videos. It offers pin code level local news from Indian villages & districts, followed by world news, entertainment, cricket updates, horoscope, weather, etc.

Furthermore, you can read news from your favorite local newspapers. The same is available for various regions across India in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, English, Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati, and other languages. You can even create your profile on the app and upload photos, memes, and videos.

Dailyhunt also gets a built-in dark mode to reduce eye strain in the night time. However, the UI may not be liked by everyone.

Developed by: Verse Innovation, Bengaluru

Android iOS

4. Way2News

Way2News is a short news app similar to Inshorts but comes in eight Indian languages that are Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bangla, and Gujarati. Yes, the app doesn’t support English for now.

It has separate sections for personalized content, news, Corona updates, videos, business, entertainment, and digital magazines. Alongside, you also get access to contests, horoscope, birthday greetings, motivational quotes, and Whatsapp status quotes.

While it’s quite simple and straightforward, the only con is the lack of English support.

Developed by: Way2Online Interactive India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad

Android iOS


NDTV is the channel’s official app that brings you the latest stories, videos, and photos from NDTV newsrooms. You can have access to live TV, videos, photos, news, cricket scores as well as reports and opinions from award-winning journalists.

If you don’t want to read full, detailed stories, you can head to the News Beeps section where you’re shown bite-sized news, similar to Inshorts. Besides, there are tons of categories to choose from, including entertainment, sports, lifestyle, business, auto, gadgets, food, and more.

The app also features a 24×7 live video and live radio from NDTV India/ NDTV Khabar and NDTV Prime. Unlike others in the list, it gets Chromecast support, meaning you cast videos and live TV to supported televisions and other devices.

Developed by: NDTV Ltd, New Delhi

Android iOS

Wrapping Up

So these were some of the best UC News alternative apps available in the market. As noted, all the apps mentioned above come from Indian developers or companies. And that’s not just for the sake of it; they’re genuinely good in the business.

Out of all, my favorite is Inshorts for its quick, short news format. Anyway, what’s your choice? Have anything else to suggest? Feel free to comment below. Stay tuned to GadgetsToUse for more such articles.

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Ritik Singh

Ritik is the Managing Editor at GadgetsToUse. He manages the website and oversees the content to ensure it's as informative as possible. He also heads the sub-sites in the network. Putting work aside, he has a great interest in personal finance and is also a keen motorcycle enthusiast.