10 best news apps for Android
The internet has changed the way we see news. Instead of having a TV producer or a newspaper editor dictate what matters most to us and then buy into their product, we are now free to surf the waves of the Internet to find the news that matters most to us. There are a lot of websites that deliver news and it can be difficult to keep track of them.
In this list, we talk about the best news apps for Android to help you stay organized, connected, and find the news you want. There is one tricky element. Some news sources lean politically in a certain direction and have misreported news to that end. Therefore, we advise against individual news channels such as CNN, Fox News or similar. Your best bet for factually accurate information is crowdsourcing. Here are the best news apps for Android.
We would also like to give credit to the official app of Google (Google Play). The explorer feed tracks what you enjoy and slowly adapts to your sensitivities over time. It’s fast, easy and free. You can also get a similar feed on the Google Chrome mobile app.
The best news apps for Android
AP News is a reasonably decent news app for Android. It gets its news from itself along with hundreds of local and national sources. The user interface is maintainable 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 completely free with ads. The ads are a bit annoying, but it’s nothing too serious.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Feedly is one of the most popular messaging apps out there. It’s an RSS reader. That means you can pull from a variety of websites and sources. The goal is to build your own news network from places you trust. It comes with integration with Facebook, IFTTT, Twitter, Evernote, OneNote, Pinterest, LinkedIn and others. In addition, you can access your feed on your mobile phone or on your computer via the website. It’s a rock-solid option with over 40 million total feeds. The only drawback is the advertising. It’s a bit heavy unless you pay the subscription price.
Flipboard is another of the most popular news apps. It works similar to Feedly. You can create a custom feed from your favorite news sources, websites, and other places. Flipboard differs from Feedly in that it’s a bit flashier. It includes fun animations, large images, and an interface that gives it the look of a digital magazine. It also has additional features for things like Discovery. The recommended messaging feature is hot junk, but everything else about it is pretty decent. It’s also completely free, if that helps.
Inoreader is one of the emerging news apps. It works similar to Feedly. You get a newsreader that you can customize to your liking. It comes with 28 pre-built themes for those who don’t want to dig and find their own sources. The app offers offline support, a decent choice of topics, and tracks 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 put as much work into setting up their feed. It is completely free to use.
Microsoft News is a surprisingly decent news aggregator for Android. However, it works like most. You open the app, select the topics that interest you, and you get a feed of what’s new curated by Microsoft employees. The service is automatically synced between the app and the web to provide cross-platform support. You also get a dark theme, the ability to save articles for later, and you get a good mix of left and right political news sites. There’s really a lot of news here if you want to read it.
Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $44.99 per year
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Pocket is one of the most unique messaging apps. It offers no content. However, it stores all the content you stumble across throughout the day. You’re bound to find something on Twitter, Facebook, or in a chat that you can’t read right now. You can put this in Pocket and come back later to read it. It offers offline support, a decent reading experience, and some discovery features. Power users can sign up for a subscription. It offers unlimited storage, a tag system to help you stay organized, read text-to-speech articles, and additional PC features.
Podcast Addict is a good all-in-one news app solution. It’s a combination of an RSS reader and a podcast app. It has a collection of 450,000 podcasts. In addition, you can subscribe to almost any news source. 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 makes a combination of both better than this.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year
Reddit bills itself as the home page of the internet. At least that’s mostly true. Most trending news ends up on Reddit somewhere. You can subscribe to subreddits that allow you to see different interests. You can find a subreddit for just about anything from fashion to tech, from Android to iOS and everything in between. The official app is good enough for the job. It doesn’t have many power user features. However, it sums up the basic experience very well. The community can be a little mindless at times. Overall, however, it’s one of the better news apps and communities. The optional monthly subscription adds some extra features and removes ads.
SmartNews is one of the newer news apps. It works like many of its competitors like News Republic, News360 and other news readers. It basically looks at a lot of news sources and recommends top trending topics. Yes, it’s one of those. The good thing is that you get the news that everyone is talking about. The bad news is that it’s not as configurable as we’d like. Also, it relies on opinion blogs rather than news sites for many topics, which we didn’t like at all. It’s good for some things, bad for others. However, that’s as good as news sites get these days.
Twitter is arguably the best social media platform for news. It’s one of the few platforms that still displays posts in chronological order. So it shows you what is happening. It has hashtags, trending topics, and some other discovery features. You just follow the sources you like. Their feed will then show their most recent posts. A lot of people on Twitter aren’t good people and there are loads of trashy anger bait blogs and anger posters. There is also a lot of misinformation here. However, anyone who can read between the lines and follow really trusted news sources can use this as a pretty decent newsreader.
Your local news apps
Price: Free (usually)
Your local news apps aren’t usually all that bad. You are more focused on the things that are happening in your community. Most people focus on the world news. Sometimes we lose track of what is happening in our own cities. In general, these apps are simple. They only show the news and sometimes even the weather. In addition to the TV stations, there will also be local newspapers with apps in many cities. For example, Columbus Dispatch has its own app. Sometimes these apps are great. Sometimes they aren’t. Your local news is also important.
Bonus: Android Authority app
Here’s a little shameless self-promotion! We have an official app. It’s also a pretty nice app, if we say so ourselves. It’s a good place to catch up on the latest tech news around the world of Android. This includes reviews, news, leaderboards, comments and anything else our team can dream up. The interface uses Material Design. It also links to our podcast, our YouTube channel and more. It’s free to use with no in-app purchases.
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