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10 best news apps for Android
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. There is a tricky element to this. Some news sources lean a certain way politically and have misreported news to that end. Thus, we do not recommend individual news stations like CNN, Fox News, or similar things. Your best bet for factually accurate information is crowdsourcing. Here are the best news apps for Android.
We’d also like to give an honorable mention to Google’s official app (Google Play). The discover feed keeps track of stuff you like and slowly caters itself to your sensibilities over time. It’s quick, easy, and free. You can also get a similar feed in Google Chrome’s mobile app.
The best news apps for Android
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.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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 with over 40 million feeds in total. The only downside is the advertising. It’s a little heavy unless you pay the subscription price.
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.
Inoreader is one of the up and coming news apps. It works a lot like Feedly. You get a newsreader 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.
Microsoft News is a surprisingly decent news aggregator for Android. It works like most, though. You open the app, select the topics you care about, and receive a feed with news curated by Microsoft employees. The service syncs between the app and the web automatically for cross-platform support. You also get a dark theme, the ability to save articles for later, and you get a good mixture of both left and right-leaning political news sites. There is truly a lot of news here if you want to read it.
Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $44.99 per year
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 a subscription. It offers unlimited storage, a tag system to help stay organized, text-to-speech article reading, and additional features for PC.
Podcast 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.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year
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 newsreaders. 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. A lot of people on Twitter aren’t good people and there are a ton of trashy rage bait blogs and rage posters. There is also a lot of misinformation here. However, those who can read between the lines and follow actually trusted news sources can use this as a pretty decent newsreader.
Your local news apps
Price: Free (usually)
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.
Bonus: Android Authority app
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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