Best news apps for Android

Jan 19, 2010
Tech

Accessing news headlines from your mobile phone keeps you in the loop anytime, anywhere.  With the rising popularity of Google’s Android mobile platform, there is no shortage of news apps that can be downloaded to Android devices. Here are a few of the top news Android apps, some with broad appeal and others with a […]

Accessing news headlines from your mobile phone keeps you in the loop anytime, anywhere.  With the rising popularity of Google’s Android mobile platform, there is no shortage of news apps that can be downloaded to Android devices.

Here are a few of the top news Android apps, some with broad appeal and others with a niche approach.  Whether you want news alerts from the Associated Press or a full-featured Google Reader Android app to manage your news feeds, the Android Market has something for you.

From the Horse’s Mouth

USA Today (free) has a well-rounded news app for Android.  The USA Today news Android app delivers headlines across sports, money, and other categories. Get the weather, snapshots and photo highlights from the app’s home screen. Subscribe to any category for a more customized experience. Read full articles, and share stories with friends via email, SMS, or any other sharing app you have on your Android mobile device.

NPR News (free) for Android is a good app for NPR junkies.  The Android app allows you to listen to and read stories from the public news source.  Search by popular stories, programs and stations, or search by topic. Access to podcasts from nationwide NPR stations gives you a broader experience than what you would get just by turning on your radio.

AP Mobile is a global news Android app, letting you drill down by zip code for relevant news. This free app has a custom home screen based on several available categories and subcategories.  From there, you can access headlines, photos and videos with full-article access. Save and share articles, with push notifications available as well.

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News Aggregators

ExpressNews (free) does a pretty good job of aggregating several major news sources into a single mobile app.  ExpressNews for Android covers the gamut for categories, ranging from lifestyle to international headlines. Save articles for later reading, and share items via email, SMS and other sharing apps installed on your Android device.

Sports Tap gives easy access to your team’s news.  The free Android app has channels for different sports on the home screen.  Through this sports news portal, you have quick access to scores and stats that will keep you up to date with just a few clicks.

Google Reader Apps

NewsRob is a great Google Reader Android app, and it is free.  Easier to navigate than the mobile version of Google Reader, the home screen features your Reader folders, displaying the number of new items for each. Click through to read full articles, with an option to star individual items. Share items in and outside of Reader, and manage your feeds.

Greed Full is another useful Google Reader tool, available for $1.99 for Android users. With access to starred items, folders and feeds, Greed Full makes it easy to navigate this Android app. Filter items by read and unread, and share items via email or Reader.  Push notifications are also available for new items, with additional custom settings options and offline access.

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