The 10 Best News Apps for Android

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There are tons and tons of news apps on the Google Play Store, so we sifted through the lot to come up with a list of the top ten we think everyone should either use regularly, or simply be aware of. If you own an Android device, immersing yourself in a world of news that’s tailored to your tastes is but a few finger-taps away.

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Pulse News

Pulse News

A classic design that’s often aped by others
Pulse is a highly touch-friendly app that uses a ‘mosaic’ design to make scrolling through feeds and subjects simple. At the same time, it’s also highly configurable and you can choose which sites you want to add to your daily digest and how you want them displayed. Plus, since it’s owned by LinkedIn, it’s also one of the most socially-intelligent news apps out there. Best of all, It syncs across devices so your Pulse feeds are available on your PC, your tablet and your smartphone.

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Zite

Zite

One of the cleverest news apps around, Zite starts off by asking you to flag up a few subjects that you’re interested in, then it builds up a very personal profile of what you like by scanning your social media links and RSS feeds. Once that profile has been created, it serves up relevant stories in a smart and sophisticated format that looks a bit like a personalised newspaper. It’s not as highly-configurable as some of the pure RSS apps, but it is an adventure into the unexpected every time you read.

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feedly

Feedly

Feedly is a simple service that syncs with your Google reader collection of RSS feeds and displays all the latest headlines and images of your favourite sites in one magazine-style app. It’s not as clever as something like Zite, but because it doesn’t try to second-guess you it can be better for those who like control over what they read. Even better, now that Google has closed Reader down, Feedly has stepped in with an identical replacement service so you can add new feeds to your Feedly account via your desktop browser and see them appear in third party apps like Reeder. With Google Reader gone, Feedly has emerged as not only a competent replacement, but a better one too.

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News24

News24

News24 is one of South Africa’s most popular sites on the desktop, and the Android app is highly acclaimed as well. It offers a great mix of national and international headlines which are regularly updated throughout the day. You’ll also find sport, horoscopes and recent weather in an app that adapts to the size of your screen and – if you’re only interested in niche subjects – there are different apps from News24 that specialise by subject. There are also multi-language options, like Nuus24, and you can customise the main view to see stocks and share prices too. It’s a powerful window on the world from a South African viewpoint, and an essential app for all local Android users.

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Google CurrentsGoogle Currents

Currents is essentially a “social magazine”, a platform on which big-name multimedia producers like CNET, Forbes, The Verge and Kotaku can create customised content for readers. Once the app is downloaded, you select what content you’re interested in from a wide range of sources, and then browse through it all using Current’s slick interface. You can save articles for reading offline, bookmark interesting features and share what you find with Twitter and Facebook.

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Instapaper

Instapaper

If you surf the interwebs a lot and often come across articles that look interesting, but which you don’t have the time to read at that very moment, you’ll love Instapaper. It’s an app that lets you save online articles for offline reading, in a high-contrast format that makes them very easy to read. Over 150 apps support the ability to “send to Instapaper”, making it easy to create a list of articles for delayed consumption.

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The Verge

The Verge

The Verge is one of today’s most respected tech websites, and this app gives owners of Android phones and tablets access to all of the site’s content. You can read expert opinions, in-depth product reviews and features and use the app’s “Story Streams” feature that tracks the stories you mark as being most interesting to you as they unfold. You can also watch many of the site’s online video shows and listen to their podcasts without needing a computer.

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AL Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English

Now you can read and watch all of Al Jazeera’s news content on your Android device. This app grants you access to the broadcaster’s English blogs, opinion pieces, features, news and more, and aggregates it all into a single location for easy and convenient access and sharing via Twitter, Facebook and email. You also get access to live video and audio broadcasts, providing you with some of the most cutting-edge and timeous news information available today.

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Flipboard

Flipboard

Flipboard is cleverly laid out to look like a digital magazine, with panes that flip over each other to reveal ever more information. When the app starts, you’re asked to specify the topics that interest you, and then Flipboard scours the internet for relevant stories to populate the app’s slick interface with. You can even follow Facebook and Twitter feeds and big-name news sources like the New York  Times, packaged in a fun-to-use interface.

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Reuters News Pro

Reuters News Pro

Get all of the world’s breaking news on your Android smartphone or tablet, as well as news that’s relevant to your region with the official Reuters news app. Customise watch lists, get detailed company profiles and even watch video coverage of the latest business and world news stories on your device. Every news type that Reuters covers is available, including sports and entertainment, science and technology and even Reuters’ popular “Oddly Enough” stories.

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Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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