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For people on the go, the news apps for smartphones and tablets play an integral part in their way of life, giving them the convenience to get updated anytime, anywhere. Just like other apps, not all are created equal. There are run-of-the-mill apps but there are also apps with excellent features. To help you choose the type of news apps for your mobile phone, here are the list of the top 10 impressive news apps you could ever have.
Yahoo News Digest
Yahoo News Digest is currently available in the United States and United Kingdom. It provides the need-to-know news gathered from various sources for text, images and info which are created by algorithms.
What’s good with this app is its ability to pull news that you like. It is designed to understand the user’s interest, thus pulling and adding other regular news from a wide array of mainstream news and other niche oriented sources that might interest you. Videos and images are included also in the selection.
Inside.com – Breaking News
This app provides people a 300-character, summary-type news which is linked to the original source. With its user-friendly thumbs up and thumbs down system, it enables to fine-tune the app to focus on one’s preference thus providing the user what they want.
Paper – Stories from Facebook
This particular app is constantly evolving in short periods of time. As of this moment, the Facebook news app can be availed in the US on iPhone but may soon be available for Android and other users worldwide. It gathers shared news stories, putting emphasis on topics that you like rather than random posts. Most of its stories are taken from assorted categories such as technology, health, culture, and more.
This is a sophisticated and an easy-to-use RSS reader designed with quick sharing features and the ability to add articles with a “read-it-later” service like Pocket and Instapaper. Feedly reader has one of the most effective search options. It also makes constant improvement and updates on the system depending on users’ engagement.
Newsbeat is developed by the US media company Tribune. It allows users to select their favorite news sources. After that, stories are then pulled daily from these sources which are summarized and used to create a personalized news podcast using the text-to-voice technology. Weather and traffic reports are also included for the US market only.
Behind this app is a team of smart editors carefully and meticulously selecting relevant information and setting aside what they consider as “junks” or irrelevant facts. One of the greatest features of this app is the ability to “follow” certain stories. Users will get notification every time a story is added to its summary. Another great feature is for readers to be able to read offline, so you can still scan for updates even when WI-FI connection is unavailable.
Flipboard is one of the most established news apps. And with its recent acquisition, Zite, which was previously owned by CNN made it even more powerful. This was created for the purpose of making Flipboard a personal magazine to any mobile users. In addition to that, Flipboard has added another feature which allows users to browse updates in their social channels as well as RSS feeds. This app works well with traditional news providers and then reformats articles.
Interesting for iPhone
This app pulls thousands of articles from the list of best hand-curated content sources on the internet. It enables users to browse their favorite topics from news to technology, politics, sports, designs, entertainment and even more. It has the ability to compile stories and sort them out according to categories such as sports, technology and politics. What is more interesting with this app is the integration of Reddit, a great source for news updates to a growing number of people. It is also integrated with Dribble, a good site for designers.
Newsy: Video News
This app compiles news and then turns it into video news. This looks like a good candidate for Google, YouTube, Facebook and the other major industry player on the internet. But for now, this app is doing great and has its own place in the internet.
This list of news apps are my own compilation and may be useful to some and not to others. They all have their own interesting and useful features and all of these apps are free to use. You can simply download any one of the above listed news apps according to your liking. And if you are not satisfied with this app, you can always go to the next one on the list.