Keeping up with news articles can be a cluttered process, especially if you use multiple apps or bookmarks on your phone or tablet. Using a news aggregation app or an RSS reader can tidy up your mobile device and make keeping up with things even easier. There are tons of apps that can get the job done, but we’re going to go over the best options in this guide to help you get started on staying on top of the news.
When Google shut down its semi-popular ‘Reader’ RSS reader, it encouraged its users to use other popular readers such as Feedly.
Feedly certainly took advantage of the opportunity, as it quickly enhanced its offering and created many new features for users.
Today, Feedly continued the trend by adding a “speed reading” feature to the beta version of its Android application. You’ll now be able to use a simple tap gesture to quickly move from one article to the next without waiting around for the page to load. If you’re part of the Feedly beta community, head on over to the Play Store and grab the update.
The new version also includes a few bug fixes (rendering on Android 4.1, an issue with the back button, login expiration, and more).
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Source: Feedly Blog
RSS reader Feedly has been on a roll ever since Google announced it was shutting down Google Reader, and the alternative reader has rolled out a new mobile app. In this new version, users will benefit from a new search and discovery engine, visual tweaks for easier reading, and better sharing. The new search engine taps into over 50 million feeds and Feedly claims “No other news reader comes even close to offering this breadth of choice.” Using smart topic completion, it automatically updates your search with feeds that are relevant to what you’re looking for.
Feedly has been the go to RSS reader for many of our readers (especially those of you with Google Reader accounts). A few days ago Feedly updated their Android app and brought in a ton of great new features and a cleaner, faster, more fluid experience. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the app is that the word “beta” has now been dropped from the splash screen (the background of the splash screen has also been changed to black). Instead of swiping from left to right to browse through your available articles, you swipe from top to bottom. When you get to the bottom of a page of articles, the page you’re on swipes away from the top, and the next page appears from underneath it (like a deck of cards). It’s a pretty smooth experience. While within an article, swipe left or right to read the next article, or swipe up from the bottom to close the article. If you’re wanting to find new content, swipe from the right bezel of the screen to pull up the “store” where you can find new content (all free of charge). Swipe from the left bezel to pull out your “subscribed feeds” list. Feedly has also added a new widget and layouts for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. In all, it’s a really fluid and high quality experience with some nice eye candy. Best of all it’s absolutely free! Download Feedly by using the QR code or download link below.
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If you’re looking for a beautiful RSS reader that syncs to your Google Reader account, look no further. “Press” is a gorgeous new app released by TwentyFive Squares that features a heavy emphasis on good design and simplicity. The app was built using Android’s new design philosophy so it already looks natural on your Android phone or tablet, but TwentyFive Squares took the design language a step further and added some nice textures, shadows, icons and typography to really push the app over-the-top when it comes to great design. Press is simple and easy to use and utilizes the two panel navigation that has become so popular with Android apps as of late. Articles look great and you can change the article layout and font if you so choose. The only flaw in the app is that once you are reading an article, there is no easy way to navigate to the next (via swipe gesture or otherwise), so you have to back out to the main menu. The developer has acknowledged this issue and is working on a solution. There is also no widget in the current release, but we’re sure that will be addressed soon as well. The app is $1.99 in the Google Play store for a limited time. Hit the break to see a video, screenshot gallery, and QR code to get the app.
YourVersion app users on Android smartphones can now have the same functionailty on your Android tablet devices as well, now that YourVersion has optimized their news reader app for tablet size screen resolution. YourVersion is totally free and brings breaking news, blogs and tweets right to your tablet or smartphone in a slick, easy to navigate interface.
The app makes it easy for you to integrate your social networking sites such as Twitter and facebook, while allowing you to easily share or blog interesting news articles to others. It can be seen as just another news reader, but they’ve paid specific attention to how the app displays on larger screens, making this a better user experience overall, rather than a regular reader app originally made for smaller screens, and stretched to fit a tablet size screen.
The app has a minimum resolution requirement of 1024×600 (same as Samsung Galaxy Tab). For tablet devices with smaller resolutions however, users are encouraged to still use the smartphone version of the app, which you can find here. Requires Android 2.1 and up.
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