Smartphones have proven to be great sources of information relaying as well as offer the best ways to stay connected. Staying informed with the latest news is made easier, though it can be tedious having to filter through the flood of information that can be found online, from online news websites or to daily updated blog posts. With this in mind, what news apps for Android can make it easier and deliver the news you need?
Feedly: a modernized RSS feed
RSS feed or rather a Rich Site Summary feed is the traditional way of tracing updates to websites, but new apps such as Feedly, have revamped this drastically by gathering freshly published news content from a range of sites for your perusal.
Feedly’s free version app provides adequate functions for most users. You can have the content you are interested in loaded up, then you can choose to have the grouped by topic and you are set.
You can browse through the bunch of publications suggested by the app based on your preferences, which you can either add or remove as you like. There is also an algorithm that displays the popular stories, which can save you time. Though the mobile app version doesn’t have an option to filter by popularity, the web version comes with a Sortly feature that offers the same functionality.
Pocket: for offline reading
For when you don’t have time to seive through content that you may find interesting, the Pocket app is your best bet. Pocket offers a simple way of saving content for viewing later. What is more impressive is the fact that these saved items can be viewed offline. It is also integrated with Feedly, so to view an article later, simply share it to Pocket and you are off.
Pocket provides a neat and trimmed reader view for the saved articles, without the website ads, backgrounds or all the headers. This is also a way of archiving publications, for easy reference in the future.
Inside: for summarized news
Inside offers a simplified overview of the news. A group of curators choose stories, outline them in a simple paragraph then publish them to feeds. If a story catches your eye, you can click the link to read the story in its entirety from the original source.
The app is streamlined with various categories such as the trending stories and top news, which only makes for a diversified news reading experience.
Flipboard: your personalized mobile magazine
Flipboard’s name is influenced by its attractive animation of flipping through pages to move on to a different story. Flipboard allows you to highlight topics you fancy from a wide variety of options, which it can then use to relay content to you.
You can follow people through the app, add more publications that you find enjoying, and using its algorithms, you can achieve a highly polished and personalized magazine to flip through at your leisure.
An app from your favorite publication
If you prefer to stick to the news you are used to reading, then installing an app from your go-to publication is the best choice. Nowadays, most news publications have their own apps that offer more convenient browsing, whether its CNN, BBC, NBC, Fox News or even the New York Times, just try them out.
How do you keep up with the latest news? Let us know in the comments.