The onset of the smartphone generation has made everything on-the-go. From listening to latest songs, watching movies, dating, to even finding a soul-mate, has all reduced to the comfort of our palms. In such hustle and bustle of a tech-life, one seldom takes the pain to go through the obsolete rough pages of a printed newspaper. Though it has its own share of pleasures even today, how about suggesting you environments where reading the buzzing headlines is more fun. Here is the list of some popular news app for the new smartphone generation.
Yes, just like the TV Channel, the BBC news app is equally popular among masses. After a complete redesigning, the app dons a fresh look with provisions to personalize your experience of article viewing. You can also order the stories in your personalized news feed in a sequence set by time or topic. The app allows you to add topics so you can be routed to the kind of news you want to read. With relevant sections like ‘Most Read’ and ‘Most Watched’, as well as News indexes like Sports, Business, Entertainment and Technology, the content on the app is well segregated. Based on the articles you have viewed, the app also suggests related topics
This news app has all that makes you feel like an editor. Besides the latest news of national and international significance sourced from the world’s top publications, you get a magazine like feel with separate sections for Science only, Sports only, Movies only and the list goes on. The experience of it is soothing as you get to like and share the articles you love, discard the ones you dislike as well as create your own personal Flipboard Magazine by just pressing the ‘+’ button below any article. Flipboard is also available in 24 local editions for countries including India, Turkey and China.
Pocket is for the ones who prefer to deduce the story from its headline without diving into the details of it. It is one of the most user-friendly news app that lets you bookmark an article and save it for later. This app also has a recommender system running behind that suggests the news that you may like depending on what your friends have been following. It also allows you to recommend the most interesting stories to people you connect to. This app gets a thumbs-up for its time-saving environment.
News Republic is another popular news app known to be the most active. It claims up-to-the-minute breaking news from all over the world. It lets you create your personal news profile that comprises of all articles that you shared or reacted to. Their Tag Nav feature lets you navigate to a news that you want to go in depth of. You can also connect to news that your friends took interest in. Users have complained of excessive advertisements while reading stories so that is a downside but putting it aside, the automatic personalization according to news experience makes this app undoubtedly the best in business.
This is the best news app in terms of its minimal advertisement interface. It is like your daily dose of newspaper with simple presentation, ease of use and rich layout. Like all other news apps, it is customizable. The app offers you breaking news alerts, lets you save any content and offers offline reading option too. They also have a feature, GuardianWitness, which lets you contribute to their stories.
There are a myriad choices when it comes to staying up-to-date with the latest happenings in and around the world. I have presented the top ones based on user response and my own experience with these apps. Nevertheless, I still read the national daily slapped by the hawker every morning in the face of my balcony. One interesting thing to note here is that I am one of those who flip open the last few pages of the newspaper to go through the sports section first. If you share that habit too then I have an app to cater to your interest.
ONE SPORT NEWS
This swanky app opens up with two menu screens; one by the sports channel and one for the news type. The sports channel menu offers a wide range of names from ESPN to CricBuzz to Fox Sports, so you can choose any given channel that will fetch your dose of sports news. The second menu lets you make selection out of all major sports including Football, Cricket, Basketball, Formula One and Tennis. A ‘General’ option is also available if you want a little bit of everything.