The Internet has changed the way that we view news. Instead of having a TV producer or a newspaper editor determine the most important stuff for us and then buying into their product, we are now free to roam the waves of the Web to find the news that matters most to us. There are a ton of sites out there that deliver the news and keeping track of them all can be hard to do. In this list, we’ll talk about the best news apps for Android to help you stay organized, stay in the loop, and find the news you want. We’re not going to recommend any individual news sites. They all do a relatively decent job reporting on most news. However, each one leans certain ways politically and are therefore less trustworthy than we would like. Thus, most of these news apps allow you to source multiple places at once so you can form your own opinions!
AP News is a reasonably decent news app for Android. It sources its news from itself along with hundreds of sources both local and nationwide. The UI is serviceable and clean and you can find news on a variety of topics, including sports, entertainment, travel, technology, and more. It’s not the best for politics, but it’s better than most. The app is entirely free with ads. The ads are a bit annoying, but it’s nothing too serious.
Feedly is one of the most popular news apps out there. It’s an RSS reader. That means you can pull from a variety of sites and sources. The goal is to build your own news network from places that you trust. It comes with integration with Facebook, IFTTT, Twitter, Evernote, OneNote, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others. Additionally, you can access your feed on your mobile phone or on your computer with their website. It’s a rock solid option. However, they are switching stuff up quite a bit currently so expect some bigger changes over the next year or so. The app and service is totally free to use as well.
Flipboard is another one of the more popular news apps. It works a lot like Feedly. You can create a custom feed with your favorite news sources, sites, and other places. Flipboard differs from Feedly by being a little more flashy. It includes fun animations, large images, and a UI that gives it the appearance of a digital magazine. It also has additional features for things like discovery. It’s recommended news feature is hot garbage, but everything else about it is pretty decent. It’s also completely free if that helps.
Google Feed (formerly Google Now) is a semi-decent way to get the news. You can choose the topics you care about in the settings and the app adds more topics as it sees you searching for it on the Internet. Thus, you should get a fairly consistent feed of news about stuff that you have shown interest in before. It leans a little too hard on opinion blogs over genuine news sites and that’s not great. Additionally, it may feed you news on stuff you looked up once on Google Search like six months ago on a whim. However, there are controls to see certain topics less often. It’s perfunctory and it provides other features as well. That makes it a decent option, even if it’s not a full news reader.
Inoreader is one of the up and coming news apps. It works a lot like Feedly. You get a news reader that you can customize to your tastes. It includes 28 pre-made topics for those who don’t want to dig and find their own sources. The app features offline support, a decent selection of topics, and it’ll track what you read. It’s not as in-depth as something like Feedly. However, it’s a good alternative for those who don’t want to do as much work setting their feed up. It’s completely free to use.
Pocket is one of the more unique news apps. It doesn’t offer content. However, it will save whatever content you happen to stumble across during your day. You’ll no doubt find something on Twitter or Facebook or in a chat that you can’t read right now. You can stuff that into Pocket and then come back to read it later. It has offline support, a decent reading experience, and some discovery features as well. Power users can sign up for the subscription. It offers unlimited storage, a tag system to help stay organized, text-to-speech article reading, and additional features for PC.
Podcast and Radio addict is a good all-in-one solution for news apps. It is a combination of an RSS reader and a podcast app. It boasts a collection of 450,000 podcasts. Additionally, you can subscribe to almost any news source that you like. The app supports podcast playlists, categorically organized news feeds, Chromecast support, and even support for YouTube and Twitch channels. There are better podcast apps (Castbox, Pocket Casts, Doggcatcher, etc) and there are better RSS apps (Feedly and Flipboard). However, nothing does a combination of the two better than this one.
Reddit bills itself as the front page of the Internet. That’s at least mostly true. Most trending news items end up somewhere on Reddit. You can subscribe to subreddits that let you see various interests. You can find a subreddit for virtually anything from fashion to tech, Android to iOS, and everything between. The official app is good enough at its job. It doesn’t have many power user features. However, it nails the basic experience very well. The community can be a little vapid sometimes. However, overall, it’s one of the better news apps and communities. The optional monthly subscription adds a few additional features and removes ads.
SmartNews is one of the newer news apps. It works like a lot of its competitors like News Republic, News360, and other news readers. It basically looks at a ton of news sources and recommends top trending topics. Yes, it’s one of those. The good part is that you get the news that everyone is talking about. The bad news is that it isn’t as configurable as we would like. Additionally, it leans on opinion blogs rather than news sites for a lot of topics and we didn’t like that at all. It’s good for some stuff, bad for others. However, that’s about as good as it gets for news sites these days.
Twitter is arguably the best social media platform for news. It’s one of only a few platforms that still show posts in chronological order. Thus, it’ll show you what’s happening right now. It has hashtags, trending topics, and some other discovery features. You simply follow the sources you like. Your feed will then show their latest posts. Some people on Twitter are really not great. It’s also prime territory for click baiting and rage baiting. There are a ton of horrible people on Twitter that say some pretty awful things. However, those who can read between the lines can find the latest good stuff faster than most other places. Plus, the mute and block buttons help weed down the nasty people.
Your local news apps are usually not half bad. They focus more on things happening around your community. Most people focus on the worldwide news. Sometimes we lose track of what’s happening in our own cities. Generally, these apps are simple. They just show the news and sometimes even the weather. On top of TV stations, many cities will have local newspapers with apps as well. For instance, the Columbus Dispatch has its own app. Sometimes these apps are great. Sometimes they’re not. Your local news is important too.
Here comes a little shameless self promotion! We do have an official app. It’s also a pretty nice app if we do say so ourselves. It’s a good place to check out the latest tech news around the world of Android. That includes reviews, news, best lists, op-eds, and whatever else our team happens to cook up. The interface uses Material Design. In addition, it links to our podcast, our YouTube channel, and more. It’s free to use with no in-app purchases.
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