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10 best RSS reader apps for Android
It’s true that RSS isn’t as popular as it once was. Even so, it’s a great way to stay up to date on the latest news and pull together a ton of news stories from various websites and sources. There are still plenty of people who use it and it’s one of the best power user tools available for those who need to stay current. Do keep in mind, though, that not every website keeps an updated RSS feed anymore. It’s a technology that isn’t quite as vibrant as it used to be. Here are the best RSS reader apps for Android.
The best RSS reader apps for Android
Aggregator is a less popular, but still very powerful option for RSS readers on Android. It has the basic features. You can follow almost any website and the feed populates with that site’s latest news. It supports RSS and Atom, has both dark and light themes, and it supports OPML files. The app uses Material Design and it’s quite easy to use. The screenshots below really do tell the whole story with this one. It’s completely free with no ads and that’s always a plus. Unfortunately, it hasn’t received an update since 2018. We hope the developers didn’t abandon it, but at least it’s free so you won’t lose any money if it is.
Feedly is easily one of the best and most popular RSS mobile apps. It works like a standard RSS reader. You find a bunch of news sources you like. The app shows all those articles and you read them. It also offers a bunch of other stuff, including cross-platform support, support for third party apps like Evernote, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, IFTTT, and others. The whole thing is free with no in-app purchases. There is a subscription option. However, unless you really want premium fonts and support for Evernote, you can probably skip it.
Flipboard is another one of the most popular RSS reader apps for mobile. It features some slick animations and a decent UI. It also works pretty well too. The app features the basics so we won’t go over that. It’s not as powerful as something like Feedly. However, it is a little easier to navigate and it definitely looks a little more refined. It also has a Daily Edition that compiles some news from all of your sources. It’s kind of like a magazine, but for mobile, and you get to choose what’s in it.
Flym News Reader is one of the newer RSS reader apps. It features a simple, but modern UI along with light and dark themes, offline reading, a search, widgets, and more. It also has support for OPML. That makes moving to this one fairly simple for prior Feedly users. Otherwise, you get what you see. A simple, good looking RSS reader that works quite well. It had most of the sources we would want and the usability is quite good. The app is also free with no in-app purchases. It’s also open-source. The app has a few bugs, but nothing substantial.
Price: Free / Up to $6.99
FocusReader is the newest RSS reader on the list and a bit of a wildcard. It actually aggregates between a number of RSS providers, including Feedly, Inoreader, local RSS, Tiny Tiny RSS, and a few others. You can sign in to all of your accounts and have everything in a single spot. The app also supports a reading mode along with podcasts if you want to listen to those. There is also a dark mode, various feed views, and syncing. It’s newer than most and the developer is doing a good job of updating it. We hope to see it continue to improve since it’s one of the best right now.
Price: Free / $2.99-$4.99 per month / $14.99-$49.99 per year
Inoreader is something a little different. It boasts a number of categories. You select the stuff you want from those categories to create your news feed. Some other app features include saving news for later reading, archiving articles, cross-device syncing, and more. The app also includes Material Design. That makes it colorful and easy to use. Inoreader is free with no in-app purchases or advertisements. There is also a premium plan that adds some extra features, such as no ads, support for social media profiles, and more. There are quite a few subscription options and we’re not fans of how complicated it is.
Microsoft Start is actually a decent news aggregator. It works a lot like Feedly, Flipboard, and similar apps. You open the app, define your topics, and get a news feed. Your settings are synced to the web version as well although syncing is a bit finicky from time to time. Some other features include the ability to save articles for later, a good selection of news websites, and a clean UI. It’s also entirely free (with ads) and we didn’t find any egregious problems.
Palabre is one of the more traditional RSS reader apps. It also works with a variety of other RSS mobile apps. That includes support for Feedly, Inoreader, The New Reader, and even Twitter. The app features a simple, Material Design interface, several customization options, and more. It still needs a bit of work. However, it works well most of the time. You can get the app for free. There is also a pro version that adds some additional features, such as a dark theme.
Price: Free / $3.99
Most RSS reader apps focus on RSS first and podcasts second when they support podcasts. Podcast Addict takes the opposite approach. It is primarily a podcast app. However, it also supports an RSS feed as well. This is great for people who listen to a bunch of podcasts but also want something to read every now and then. The app comes with a ton of features for both RSS and podcasts, including widgets, Android Wear support, Android Auto support, and more. The pro version removes ads and gives you some extra features.
Twitter is a semi-decent okay place for news as long as you follow the right sources. Believe it or not, you can actually treat this very much like an RSS reader. Most of the big blogs (including us) and news websites have a Twitter presence. You simply follow the ones you want and your feed is nothing but news. Twitter is one of the few social networks left with a (mostly) chronological feed so it actually works well. Just make sure you’re not following trash and you may have to set your timeline to chronological order manually.
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