Best News Applications for Android – Review
Ever wondered, which Android news application is best for you. Well, we have compared three best known News application currently available in Android market.
The first thing you’ll notice about USA Today’s Android News Application is that it’s dead simple. On first launch, the clean blue home screen comes up quickly with top stories and your metro-area weather (even with GPS disabled).
Scroll easily through the stories and choose from the news categories above them: Sports, Life, Tech, Travel, etc.
Above the headlines, you’re one click away from all the recent sports scores, a feature that readers of the paper are known to look for. Scroll down for the scores, scroll across for each league (NFL, MLB, NBA, etc.)
The same ease applies for weather and a sharp looking photo gallery, with news pics by category and fast-loading slide shows. Flick left or right to advance, tap for a photo caption.
The one downside of this app is that there is absolutely no customization or settings. You can’t alter the feeds, create a home page, or change the color scheme. But after a bit of use, there’s really no need. The app works so fluidly and intuitively that customization might only complicate things.
Conclusion: For a quick news fix and the latest sports scores, the USA Today app is perfect.
This News application is a public radio junkie’s dream come true. Its big, clean, list interface is easy on the eyes. Click a category like “Top Stories” and scroll through the list.
Where this app really shines is the audio player that peeks from the bottom. Click any story with the red audio symbol next to it, and instantly stream it to the player.
You can also queue up multiple stories of interest with the “Add to Playlist” feature, then kick back and listen to a customized NPR news broadcast. You can continue to browse and read other text stories while the audio is playing.
Beyond browsing the news by category, you can also scope the recent podcasts of your favorite NPR shows like All Things Considered and Fresh Air, and stream them right into the audio player. Also, if you’re a fan of a particular local station, you can enter the call letters (or your zip code) and snag those podcasts as well.
There are one major shortcoming that You cannot stream the live broadcast of your local station as you can on the web. To your respite that NPR has said that they will be enabling this feature in future updates.
Conclusion: Shortcoming aside, the easy access to hoardes of NPR audio makes this app a keeper.
AP Mobile News
The Android application from the Associated Press is laid out similarly to USA Today’s offering, referenced above. The interface is clean and fluid. An initial input of your zip code keys you in to local weather (accessible from the menu) and local stories in your news feed. A dedicated photos tab brings you a collage and slide show of gorgeous AP photography, including captions.
This application differs from the others in this round up in that it is highly customizable. From the settings menu, you can control what stories you see and in what order. If you want the app to open and display entertainment or tech stories first, simply drag those category to the top of the list.
The app also has useful social integration with Twitter (Twitter) and Facebook (Facebook), allowing you to share a story you’re reading directly from the app. And one feature AP Mobile has over the other two is video content. A dedicated tab cues up a list of the AP’s recent videos and streams them right in the app, similar to the way Android streams YouTube (YouTube) videos.
Conclusion: It may be a little heavy for those who are just looking for a quick update, but can be a versatile information resource for those who take the time to fine tune it.