The ads might work, but they hurt the reading experience
Gunosy aims to help user digest all of the day’s news in three minutes. To be honest, it doesn’t look that great. I don’t speak Japanese, so there was only so much I could glean from clicking around on the app. That said, display ads and sponsored links clutter the top of articles so much that I have to scroll just to read the first sentence. Images often didn’t align properly or failed to load altogether. These visual quirks don’t seem to have slowed down Gunosy. It’s approaching two million downloads, although the active user count hasn’t been disclosed. This is the company’s fourth round of funding after two more last year and a seed round before that. Another Japanese news reader, Kamelio, received a US$490,000 investment from Global Brain earlier this month. On the surface, it looks quite a bit better than its better-funded counterpart. There’s also Japan’s SmartNews, which resembles Pulse and reports 2.2 million active users. Gunosy also operates a fledgling job search site. The news reader app is available for free on Android and iOS.