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Teen behind hit new app billed as 'next Mark Zuckerberg'

Nick D'Aloisio said he had been designing apps since he was 12. Photo: ITV News

A 17-year-old student from London has told ITV News life is "pretty crazy" after launching a new phone app that has already attracted millions of pounds from backers and celebrity endorsements.

Nick D'Aloisio devised his Summly app, which summarises online news stories, while revising for his GCSEs.

With fans ranging from Stephen Fry to Rupert Murdoch - whose News Corporation has already signed a deal to share payrolled content with the teenager - D'Aloisio has been likened to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The tech whizz said his news app best suits the size of touchscreen phones. Credit: ITV News

D'Aloisio said he had been designing apps for mobiles since he was 12 before coming up with his smash hit idea.

He said Summly offers "snack-sized content" from media sources which best suits the size of touchscreen smartphones and saves users time in scanning content from newspapers and other media channels.

The Wimbledon teen admitted the response had been "pretty crazy" since yesterday's launch: