News reading is a hobby of mine at Starbucks on my Motorola Xoom. I’ve found a few good free market applications which render news in bits and bytes one can easily peruse. Here is my synopsis and relevant information for each of the applications I use:
World Newspapers – This is the primary source for me. Not limited to this or that number and can be used to read google reader accounts if you want. The developer regularly updates the application and it works fine on my HTC Sensation phone or my Xoom. You can save articles, share and add your own sources as you want. The interface is kinda clunky at times but lets face it; you end up reading the news more than staring at the interface for the list of sources. Give it a shot.
Taptu – This one may come in a IOS version; not sure. I ain’t never touched an iPhone so don’t know. I seem to remember loading this on my iPod touch during the three days or so I had one. This one presents the news in a different format which I find rather innovative. Articles roll by from left to right. You can add sources up to 1000. Again, you can share, save, and also find new sources of your own or use one that is managed by the Taptu team. Very cool! Give it a try to see news presented slightly differently.
Feedly – This is my newest one and the nice thing here is that there is a Google Chrome application for Feedly as well so you can see the same basic presentation on the Xoom, the phone, and in my browser. The graphical presentation in Feedly is really unique, themable, and you are able to add sections, link to your google reader account, and it shows everything in a visually pleasing UI which really makes it comfortable reading.
There is no one favorite application for me to reading news. I like all three and they all present. I argue to give them all a try. Here is what’s missing though from these that I can see. There is no way to sync the list of favorites to a website so when you add a new device or tablet, it will read the list you have maintained, added to, or removed from. I urge the developers to consider ways and means that the applications can sync to a central source. Feedly would benefit definitely by sync’ing to the sync’ed extensions and settings in Chrome. Lets face it, we all use Chrome these days. Faster, easier, nicer than Firefox and they’ve made a lot of inroads to centralizing data.
Most of all, thanks to the enterprising devleopers on Android for making it the nicest mobile operating system out there. And the most popular! I mean the thanks to the widest possible group of folks including developers like Cyanogen, the XDA forums people, the folks that build ROMs and maintain them, people that document things and make Android an online phenomena.
Great job everyone and thanks from a regular user.