Winston for iPhone wants to be the Siri for news

By , Feb 12, 2013

I know your news reader choices on iOS are rich. There’s Flipboard, Instapaper, Readability, News360, News.me and a whole lot of other lesser known apps. Winston, a new software by a Colorado-based startup, is unlike your regular news client. Instead of overwhelming you with an endless stream of updates, Winston presents you with a personable British butler which compiles a daily brief from your selected news sources and social network feeds.

It detects what’s important and then reads the summaries out aloud, so you can catch up on the latest while doing something else. It’s a novel approach that saves time and as such is likely to strike a chord with busy mobile users. I’m already liking Winston a lot. More tidbits right past the fold…

Upon connecting your social media accounts, Winston analyzes it and then speaks aloud key topics from across your sources in an unmistakable British accent.

Facebook and Twitter are supported, in addition to a bunch of dedicated sources covering technology, sports, fashion and other topics.

The app launched as a sneak peek in August 2012, but the team has completely redesigned the software, which is now available for public consumption from the App Store.

Winston 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

News briefs Winston compiles can be optionally accompanied by a slideshow that can be enjoyed in landscape mode over AirPlay on your Apple TV.

I was immediately hooked up to having Winston beam images to my living room TV. To me, that’s a novel way to stay up to date without having to interrupt work at hand.

Winston is also a must-have for hearing impaired users and the best way to get a quick morning news update while driving to work.

Here’s your changelog for Winston 2.0:

- new channels have been added including a personalized Twitter channel
- Newscasts now display more information in the new, more elegant design
- tap the bottom bar in newscasts to access a web view that allows you to browse the actual text of any news story Winston is telling you about.
- fully customize what appears in your briefing by rearranging your channels in the main menu (the order and content of your briefing now reflects the order and content of your selected channels)
- Winston has grown wiser over the past several months: he has expanded his vocabulary, and it may surprise you how much he knows about the news and social content present in your newscasts

Winston is smart enough to include only the updates that are relevant to you, though you can always include or exclude specific items from your brief.

Two more screenies.

Winston 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Winston 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Winston For iPhone costs nothing and is available now from the App Store. The program requires iOS 4 or later, works on the iPhone and iPod touch, but sadly doesn’t support the iPad natively.

Check it out, you won’t regret it.

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  • maurid

    1. Too good to be true, I think.
    2. I kinda liked the Galaxy S4 joke.

  • http://twitter.com/jasoncaine1 jpcaine

    Installed this app during a staff meeting at work. Opened it up and the voice immediately comes on without warning and says, “PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR VOLUME IS UP!” Needless to say I’m now unemployed. Lol

    • sadaN

      your not really unemployed cos of this app are you? :(

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      lol

    • Falk M.

      What the hell dude…

  • Anju Penty

    not available in India……sad

  • Howard Ellacott

    The Winston For iPhone link goes to a completely different page about Google Chrome…

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      go to the app store

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Dude, dude, dude MESSAGE FOR EVERYONE. IF YOU DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS APP you just don’t appreciate tech and your iphone. THIS IS the must have app of the year. I feel like the Ultimate Badass with this app

  • http://twitter.com/FadiJabbour1 Fadi Jabbour

    can’t find it in Germany app store

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I searched the whole article for this “but sadly doesn’t support the iPad natively” and was like ‘Noooooooooooooo’
    :’(

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    Please don’t. Synthetic speech is just pure garbage and reading an article would infuriate and confuse the person that is listening to this type of vocal torture.

  • rosssimpson

    Feeling like Lara Croft

  • http://twitter.com/Jamesmcadams82 James McAdams

    “Winston is also a must-have for hearing impaired users” – is that a joke?

  • http://twitter.com/FadiJabbour1 Fadi Jabbour

    thanks

  • http://twitter.com/AlbertDzurka Albert Dzurka

    This should have an a alarm clock option to wake up to,