January 8, 2013

Best Android Tablet Apps For Reading News

The Nexus 7 is an excellent device for reading. Its build and internals have made it my favorite tablet for enjoying not only eBooks but the day’s news and information.

If you have not yet explored the world of aggregate reader apps it is time to do so. These applications pull in articles from your favorite sites, relieving you of the sometimes laborious process of leaping from one app or site to another.

Below are some recommendations for staying connected to your favorite sites and discovering some new ones.

Flipboard: This app set the bar for rethinking reading news on a tablet. After debuting and getting prominent reception on the iPad, it now performs very well on Android.

Along with many of the popular news sites, it also includes many exclusive partnerships. You can also connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts to get this content delivered in a reading-friendly layout. Additionally, you can add any site by RSS feed even if it is not listed in the Flipboard database.

Pulse: Many would swap this with Flipboard given the loyal following it has developed with over 10,000,000 installs on Android alone. Just like Flipboard it has an elegant interface and plenty of expandability for pulling in feeds from news sites, magazines, or blogs.

The interface has inspiration from the Stanford School of Design, and it certainly shows across multiple platforms.

Press: While Press is a dedicated RSS reader, which puts it in a slightly different category than the previous two apps, its design makes it another great option for reading.

Plug in your Google Reader account credentials and any sites you have subscribed to will appear there. Star and share articles with any other app or social service through Android’s excellent sharing feature.

Unlike the other apps in this list Press is not free; the cost is $1.99. However, it is well worth the nominal expense for an elegant application.

Feedly: Another news reader that excels in minimalist and user-centered design. It makes intelligent use of swiping through content and organizing them by  categories. Setting up is very simple through adding in your Google Reader account. There is a great “remove clutter” button for making the content pop out.

Google Currents: With Currents, Google has built up a pretty good competitor in this crowded field. It shows how Google is continuing to learn good design practices and no longer just creates utilitarian products.

The best part about Currents is that any publisher (including my humble little blog) can format their content for Currents. If only other news aggregators and mobile applications would find a way to do the same.

Pocket: The idea here is that when you find an interesting article somewhere on the web you “put it in your Pocket.”

Once you have installed Pocket on your device you can send any article in Chrome or your favorite browser to the app. It then reformats for easy reading; it especially looks great on a Nexus 7. Browser plugins are available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari to save articles when browsing the web on the desktop.

Image Credit: Google Play

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