Hyderabad based news platform NewsDistill has rebranded itself to PublicVibe. PublicVibe (formerly NewsDistill) provides instant neighborhood news starting from villages to metro cities in India. The topic based news aggregation engine categorizes entire news feed into topics and subtopics across all regional languages. So that user can read news without noise.
PublicVibe (formerly NewsDistill) aggregates global and regional news in multiple languages and let the user read news and watch videos from their favorite publishers instantly. The user can catch up more topics in less time as compared to any other news aggregator apps that are available in the market. It prioritizes news articles and videos across the globe. The user can see the perception of different channels on the same topic and personalize the news feed as per their preferences. PublicVibe is available in both Android and iOS.
Commenting on the name change of the company, Mr. Narasimha Reddy, CEO, PublicVibe (formerly NewsDistill) said, This is indeed a big move for the company as we are evolving and this is in line with our future roadmap. This name change better reflects the current and future direction of the company.
The logo reflects ever-evolving spirit of our company and urge to deliver news to our users instantly with a rich and vibrant user interface. Our aim is to sense the public pulse and radiate it precisely for users to stay abreast with latest happenings, he further added.
Talking about enhancements, he stated, We are improving our recommendation engine to understand overall behaviour, personal and social activities of a news reader to recommend news accurately. For example, if you are going for a movie, we recommend you the trailers, movie reviews, interviews etc before you head off. We are coming up with many other interesting features like this in the next few months. Soon PublicVibe can become your personal news assistant to provide real-time news updates that are completely personalized to you.
As part of the latest of PublicVibe (formerly NewsDistill), user interface in Android app is enhanced to give you the best news reading experience. Bhaskar Reddy, Vice President-Marketing said, In the latest version 2.3, PublicVibe has onboarded fun and entertaining content through videos, GIFs and pictures. Also, English news feed is categorized into 500+ sub categories.
“The first stable version of Android app was launched in March 2016, and since then it has got a tremendous response. We will be coming up with an updated iOS app in couple of weeks.”
Regional language users contribute to over 75 percent of the total traffic of the app. This is proof that the stand out indicates the potential of the regional language news in India.
PublicVibe is now available in English, Hindi and 7 more regional languages.
Features of the app:
News Comparison – Latest news articles and videos are grouped by topic to read and compare same topic from different publishers instantly. It can also help user to read more topics in less time.
Personalization – First news aggregator to introduce contextual personalization.
Local news Access nearby and local news starting from villages to metro cities in India.
News Player – First news player in the world. Now user can not only read but also listen to the news articles.
Live cricket Fastest live cricket scores updates.
Smart filters Filter news by Country (India/World), State, Language, Channels, Genres and Videos instantly. So that you can find what you are looking for in just 2 clicks.
User Recommendations – The more you read the more we recommend.
Pocket- Save articles in pocket and read them offline.
Share- Share posts that you like over Facebook, google+, LinkedIn, Whatsapp and other social networks instantly.
Last year the company had raised $100K in seed funding. (source: Crunchbase)