(BBC) The free-to-download app uses algorithms to process news stories into summaries which users can then swipe to see in full if they wish.
“We worked hard on an interface that looks like nothing else on iPhone,” he told the BBC.
“We merged algorithm with beautiful design. It’s summarising thousands of articles every minute.”
Mr D’Aloisio, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Thursday, has appointed Bart Swanson, who oversaw the roll-out of retailer Amazon in Europe, to chair the company behind Summly.
Nick D’Aloisio talks to Jane Wakefield about the app in December 2011
“I see big visions for the company longer term,” the teenager said.
“We can really become the de-facto format for news on mobile. People are not scrolling through 1,000-word articles – they want snack-sized information.”