NBC News for Windows Phone

Official NBC News app hits Windows Phone 8

You know what's crazy? Microsoft and NBC once ran a joint news channel and website called MSNBC. But back in 2005, NBC bought the stake that Microsoft had in the news channel and only last year completed the transaction to completely take over the website. It then went from being msnbc.com to nbcnews.com. And now you've got an official Windows Phone app to keep tabs on the latest news from that very site.

NBC News is an app for Windows Phone 8. It allows you to stay on top of current events both locally and globally. With NBC News for Windows Phone you can:

"The NBC News app empowers users to quickly and fluidly browse, read and watch original and exclusive news stories from all of NBC News' trusted brands. In addition to watching shows such as Nightly News, Dateline and the TODAY show, users can access our topical content categories covering technology, politics, entertainment and more."

So why only Windows Phone 8? Can't tell you for sure, but it doesn't take advantage of some features you'd only get with the latest and greatest version of Windows Phone. For example:

  • Voice commands: Start the application by holding the Windows button and saying "NBC News". You can also say "NBC News, watch Nightly News" or "NBC News, go to Tech and Science."

  • Category tiles: You can pin any show or news category directly onto your start screen for quicker access to the news you love. (including those ever delicious double wide tiles..mhmm) 

  • Lock screen integration: Get beautiful news photography to light up your lock screen. Enable this from the application settings or the systems settings, under "lock screen."

  • Audio article: Let the phone read to you by using the "read article" option from the article screen menu.


First impressions of NBC News? Very solid for the first version. I didn't think I'd be easily impressed by the ability to have articles read to me, but could totally be handy in those situations when you can't spend too much time looking at your screen. Voice commands as always are futuristic and fun to use. The overall design and layout of the app is very beautiful, although you'd be forgiven for mistaking the layout to the USA Today app. Performance is excellent, both scrolling through articles and video playback were fluid and smooth. 

NBC News is free for Windows Phone 8 users, you can grab it here in the Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

QR: NBC News

Thanks for the tip Jon D!



Reader comments

Official NBC News app hits Windows Phone 8


Love the design, very metro. Couple of minor complaints though:
1. It takes forever to open the app via a section's pinned tile (eg. US News, Technology)
2. When I open a particular section via its pinned tile, and back out, it doesn't exit the app. It goes to the app's main page.

Edit: Never mind #1. Opening up much faster now.

Good execution of a clean Metro (or Modern) UI. Like that the title header doesn't take up so much of the app but it could be shortened a bit. Still I have to say it looks good.

What phone do you have?
Edit: So looking at your comment history it looks like you're running Windows Phone 7.5 or 7.8... like I stated in the headline and the article many times...this is just for Windows Phone 8. Sorry charlie!

So... Should we just drop Windows Phone 7 and give up hope?

All apps will work they said. Developers will target both they said

Not to nitpick as I understand your frustration but...

"All apps will work they said"  --> Right, for Windows Phone 8 users who want to run WP7 apps, not the other way around. They never said that

"Developers will target both they said"  --> They didn't say that either, though they did give developers the tools ability to do so. The fact is, it's easier to code for WP8 than WP7 and for companies with limited mobile budgets, it doesn't make sense for them to target what is essentially a legacy platform. 

I just wanted to mention that "all apps will work" doewsn't work in either direction. I tried to download the Monocle app that came out around Mango's release, but it said it would not work on my Lumia 920.

If apps are important to you then the answer to your question is obvious. I don't give a rat's ass about apps and am quite content with WP 7.8.

I wouldn't be surprised if they reused some of their Windows 8 app code for this, which makes supporting WP7 as well a bit trickier.

If it weren't for the Live TIles issue they fucked up with 7.8 I think in some ways my Lumia 900 feels better to use.  Nokia gave me most of the same gee whiz gadgets as the 920.  I think for simple app shit there is zero reason NOT to target both.

Please install the app and review it as well. We need the "media" to auto-advertise WP8 when they advertise their app.

Hopefully this gets Hearst to develop local news apps... Would love to see a KCRA 3 app even though I wouldn't use it.

Oh wow great app. The reading of the article is great just used driving home on 880. I wish that it would blackout the screen. It doesn't play in the background so I pressed my power button thinking it would keep reading and it stopped. Also, is it me or is the quality of the video ammmazzing. Plus on the video I love that it doesn't take up the whole screen...actually I love that I have the choice of portrait or landscape for video. Kudos nbcnews might have gained yourself another viewer.

OK, one small gripe. The Join us on Facebook banners are a bit annoying. I would definitely pay $0.99 to have these eliminated.

Wow. Is development on WP8 improving exponentially or what?  THIS is why I bought the L920. This NBC app is like butter. SMOOOOTHER than smooth and glides like glass.  Love it. I'm pleased.

Sadly my first use of it showed all the ways it can present the story from the Boston Marathon today. Beautiful app, but I just don't feel like using it tonight. :(

I wanted to see everything fold out as NBC is my first choice when it comes to news and I sent them an email asking when would the app be available for WP and after the email I just decided to check the store and lord behold there it was!!

Sorry to tell you - the world outside your home and workplace is not just good. and thats what newsapps are for - telling you things that happend in the world

Yes, the world is not all peaches and cream, in fact the news is usually depressing and discouraging. There are alot of insane people out there. It's easier to live with blinders on sometimes. Sometimes you just need a damn break!

I have this app on my Win8 desktop PC and my Surface RT. The WP8 version seems to load faster. I like this app a lot...not as much as USA TODAY but a close second.

Great. Now I can watch Chris Matthews blame the GOP for everything....like he blamed the right for the marathon bombings, from the convenience of my phone.

Is it me or does this app not have a sports section? The rt version doesn't seem to either, anybody know if there id a sports section?

I need the ability to read and add comments on an article as well. Please update with this option...

I noticed the time is persistent in the system tray in this app. Nice touch! I wish more developers would do this or give you the option to swipe down like in the wpcentral app.

The article states:
"So why only Windows Phone 8? Can't tell you for sure, but it doesn't take advantage of some features you'd only get with the latest and greatest version of Windows Phone. For example:"
I assume the author meant to say "....but it DOES take advantage of......"

Fantastic app and laid out very well. I liked the USA Today app quite a bit but always used the web for NBC. Now this makes it much easier and it's just a beautiful app. Well done dev's.

NBC News app (only for Windows Phone 8) has got to be the best app that fully utilizes the Metro UI design. You can you do voice command "News NBC" to open the app. And the video playback UI has scroll back/forth functionality. Awesome typeface too!

Also, sorta related, I went to Bloomberg Business Weekly (BBW.com) and it recognized my Windows Phone and asked if I wanted to put a BBW.com tile on my start screen.  Loved that!!

Yay! More official apps!
But also....
Everyone go to Snapchat.com, go to support, then tech support, then my device is incompatible.

"Doesn't take advantage of..." does it or does it not? I'm kinda confused. It sounds like he is describing what it does do, but leads with it "doesn't take advantage of some features you'd only get with [Windows Phone 8]".

Is everyone new out here? 
TODAY you will get an APP from NBC.  TOMORROW you will get an article on NBC telling you that Microsoft sucks and so does your Windows Phone.
Since NBC is back to NBC and is no longer MSNBC, the comments about Microsoft, Windows and Windows Phone have been less than positive.  Seems a little hypercritical to download an APP from an organization who bad-mouths your favorite phone and operating system.  I don't care if the APP comes with a Kate Upton tile.  They can shove thier APP up thier arse.

Is anyone having a problem opening the app? It's not opening on my phone, already tried reinstalling it . I have a Lumia 820

This app is........................Pointless if you live outside the US. Thinks the world is just the USA.