The Google News & Weather application has been bundled with stock Android for quite some time. While it can be considered useful, Google has left it relatively the same since the days of Android 2.3 Gingerbread back in 2011. Today, the Google News & Weather app has been completely redesigned to represent the company’s vision for the operating system and its design language.
Things were getting a bit confusing on the news-front of Google Play. First we had Google Reader, but it was discontinued. Play Magazines and Google Currents brought the news straight to our devices, but why were they two separate apps? After all, they pretty much preformed the same function.
Now, Google is introducing Google Play Newsstand. This application combines Play Magazines and Google Currents into a single, standalone application, and will let you follow your favorite magazines, newspapers, blogs, news sites, and will format all of the news for your device.
Have you ever scrolled down your Twitter feed and felt overwhelmed by the number of how many articles you want to read? “Pocket,” an Android and iOS application certainly minimizes these issues, as it saves articles and web sites in a central location to read later. Today, the application’s developers released version 5.0.
Major additions includes a “Highlights” feature, which categorizes your saved articles and sites into one of four categories: best of, trending, long-form articles, and short articles. As you save new articles, the app will automatically categorize the content, making things a lot easier for you.
Google has revealed they are working on a new Google Now card that will deliver local news stories based on a user’s location. Google Now cards work off of algorithms to present the user with “contextually relevant” items. Among the inputs used to determine what is relevant are interests, time of day, and location. The new card is being tested in a closed beta right now, apparently only within Google itself, as revealed by Johanna Wright, Google’s vice president of search and assist.
At first glance the question in the title might seem a touch odd however I challenge you to check out your most used applications over the course of a week and you may just be surprised. It’s ironic that in this day and age the phone in your smart phone isn’t high up the list of priorities for most people. A recent study conducted in the UK by The Telegraph newspaper and mobile operator O2 suggests that making calls is actually as low as the 5th most used application for the average person. The study also finds that the average smartphone user will use their phone for up to 2 hours each day with web browsing, social media, gaming and music taking up the majority of that time.
Check out the info-graph below and let us know what applications you most commonly use in an average day.
Source: The Telegraph
You just saw some thoughts on News Republic earlier. Now what if you are only interested in technology-related news? Well you’re in luck. MOBILESREPUBLIC has their APPY Geek app which essentially is a technology-centric version of NR. Similar to NR, you search for articles based off your topics– Android, Apple, Smartphones, Dual-Core, Gaming, etc. The topics you search for are then pushed to you in the form of recent, noteworthy, and relevant articles. Again, you can’t view articles from your favorite technology sites, but rather are limited to a handful of technology news sources. When you find an article interesting, you have the ability to be social by sharing the app via email or any social networking site that you may have. You also have the ability to find related topics and articles based off your original article using the handy link feature.
Be sure to hit the break for the Market download link, QR code, and some screenshots of the app in action. Now go on, what are you waiting for? You have a great app waiting to find a home on your smartphone or tablet.
What does the average Android user think of when they hear of a news reader app? They think of something like Pulse Reader or even Google’s little app. Well friends, developer MOBILESREPUBLIC wants Android users to know their News Republic app is a viable alternative to other news reader apps out there. It may not be the flashiest app and it lacks key features, but read on to see why the app is a must-have for all Android users as well as the Market and QR code links.
The greatest thing about your smartphone or tablet is the ability to access news on the go. You can have the world literally at your finger tips and see news by opening a browser or an app. Now suppose you don’t want to go back and forth in your browser or have multiple news apps open, which could ultimately slow your phone down. Wouldn’t it be nice to have just one app which streamlines all of your favorite news sources in one simple interface? Well friends, you’re in luck– Pulse News allows users to see all of your favorite news sources into one simple and intuitive interface. Of course there are other news readers out there, but Pulse News is by far the simplest and best reader available. Read on to find out why as well as find the Market and QR download links after the break.
There are plenty of news apps available, but I won’t touch any unless they have a widget. One of Android’s greatest strengths is widgets, which makes you more efficient. BBC News just updated and now supports widgets, both big and small. You can even shuffle the order in which categories appear.
In addition to the widgets, they added a new “Send to BBC News” option so you can report anything major that happened in your area, and the ability to move the app to your SD card which is always handy for those that have limited space.
Just hit the download links below
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