With the advent of the internet, it has become elemental to us to have access to information on our fingertips at all times. Quite weirdly, the struggle now is to be able to break away and preserve our mental tranquility, to protect ourselves from the avalanche of information coming at us from all directions.
A concerted effort is put by makers of various apps to have the ability to tailor the flow of information through them to the user’s preference. This is one of the key aspects of quality news apps. Bearing this in mind, it becomes evident why some news apps have gained greater traction than others.
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The most popular and well-received news apps in the world are constantly being updated to refine their information selection-cum-rejection process further and further, to make it as in line with the user’s tastes as possible. These apps are:
1. Google News
Google News is a news app, period. It collects news from various sources and lists it in a very minimalistic, clean interface. Multiple sources are also brought in to report the same news, to give a reader a greater perspective and greater insight into the event being discussed.
Very neatly, these parallel articles are placed parallel in the feed (within the basic list) that makes it very easily intelligible to work your way around in the app. The Favourites menu is the corner for managing your subscriptions, purchases and saved articles. Google news gives you a say not just in the kind of content that enters your feed, but also the sources that bring that content.
Conventional news categories, namely Country, World, Business, Sports and Entertainment are compiled into different lists, with the category name sitting side-by-side on the top of the app in the form of different tabs. With the All Coverage option, a reader can deep dive into a particular news item and discover tons of sources talking about the same thing.
Download: Google News
Flipboard’s ace in the hole is the sheer richness of its features and feel. Flipboard compiles news articles, magazine articles, social media posts, and youtube videos into a chic archive. Categories can be further divided into subcategories for the nerds, the suggestions made by the app based on the listed interests of the readers are extremely relevant.
The Daily Edition is a section that substitutes a newspaper and is released every morning at 7 a.m. local time, though news that breaks out further along in the day promptly shows up under it as well. Smart Magazines come up with a variegated mix of information about a particular segment, bringing in sources from related trending topics to hashtags.
With such diversity in content and its sources, Flipboard has something for everyone.
Feedly is an attractively interfaced RSS feed. It picks up content from a variety of media outlets and brings it to the reader. It can be synchronized with other apps such as Google Reader, from which all relevant information (subscriptions, starred posts etc.) will be imported.
The subscribing function has been simplified by putting media sources into different categories (such as business, design, lifestyle) based on the content they offer. Any article of interest can be shared via social media sites and email. Bookmarking sites such as Pocket and Instapaper can also be brought in to work on Feedly’s arena.
The home screen widget bypasses the app to take the reader directly to his subscriptions. The availability of so many services makes Feedly one of the most user-centric news apps today.
4. BBC News
BBC News is one the world’s more trusted news houses, and renowned for its objective and unbiased approach to news coverage. Aside from real-time updating of news and fantastic news alerts feature to keep you forever in the loop, the app also has the BBC news channel sitting at the bottom of the app’s home page.
Videos of the Day is a special section dedicated to bringing the most talked about and viral videos of the day to the user. After the recent revamping of the app, it now showcases the even greater depth and range of news reporting than before, well at par with the other news app fighting for the top spot in this category.
MyNews is the user’s personalized feed section, allowing the user to follow topics of interest.
Download: BBC News
Reddit is not a news site technically. It’s a bubbling pot of discussion forums, AMA sessions, trending posts, and entertainment. But the gravity of Reddit on its devoted community is such that almost anything and everything that happens is first reported and dissected her, making Reddit an extremely powerful tool for anyone wishing to be in the loop of things.
Reddit has a bunch of apps to accommodate its gargantuan community of users and their varied preferences- Reddit the official app, Boost for Reddit, Bacon Reader, Relay for Reddit, Sync for Reddit, Slide for Reddit, Relay for Reddit, Reddit offline.
Twitter is yet another non-news app we feature in the list of the most potent news apps in the world. Twitter is different from other social media sites in that it is a platform meant only for voicing and hearing people’s opinions and statements.
Such is the allure of the simplicity of the functionality of Twitter that it has come to be the most favored site to witness and discuss breaking news events as they happen, keep tabs on the lives of the rich and the famous (which is considerable news fodder in itself) and comment on recently televised TV shows and sports games.
With support for adding photos, videos, links, and GIFs alongside tweets, Twitter is a wholesome enough environment for news distribution and consumption, and wildly popular for it.
For the uninitiated, Pocket is a bookmarking app, currently the most widely used in the world. Its presence in this list is justified by how manageable it makes reading a hundred and one articles every day when you have your sights set on them, but do not have the time to do so.
Keeping multiple tabs open on the browser kills machine productivity and affects its general working, making this option a redundant one. Enter Pocket- it bookmarks all unread pages for future use and later opens them in its own precinct.
The icing on the cake is that it is an offline reading app– you can store a page to read it in no-internet zones such as flights, making this app quite indispensable for avid readers who also happen to be frequent fliers.
8. The New York Times
The New York Times is one of the most extensively read newspapers in the West. It diligently covers not just news from its home soil (the United States) but also countries with prominent roles on the world stage- UK, China, Russia, India, and a few others.
Its recently retouched app has a sleek user interface and added features such as control over notifications, categories etc. The notifications are frequent yet non-redundant, striking a shrewd balance to keep the user well informed without being overwhelmed. Articles can be saved for the future, and access to content is easy.
Download: The New York Times
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9. AP News
The Associated Press is one of the oldest news organizations in the world. It is a non-profit cooperative employing thousands of employees in hundreds of newsrooms scattered across the globe. With such an extensive presence across the globe, AP’s news can be relied upon for being extremely accurate and informed.
The app has a no-fuss approach to doing its job, and everything- from the interface to the functionality- is pretty straightforward. The reader can choose to get more articles on his areas of interest, click on the Trending tab to keep abreast with the latest happenings in the world, save articles to read later and delve deep into a topic in a section that keeps in its archives esoteric articles written by specialists across the world.
Download: AP News
The Buzzfeed app started out as a hub for reporting the most sensational and controversial incidents happening around the globe. Over time it expanded to include works of serious journalism, becoming a wholesome news app in the process.
Aside from the usual functionalities of exploring areas of interests, following trending news and sharing news pieces on various platforms, one can also bookmark stories, enable push notifications for real-time updation and share individual images and videos with friends.
Also, as a part of the buzzing and thriving community of Buzzfeed, one can take part in the discussions taking place in the comments section beneath every article or post.
11. CNN News
CNN, like The New York Times, happens to be one of the most prominent media companies in the US. Their news coverage is renowned for being prompt and ethical. The app serves to provide a digital platform to reach out to the customer base of CNN who no longer prefer the television as their mode of information reception.
Apart from written journalistic pieces, CNN Original Series such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”, news programs like “Anderson Cooper 360” and award-winning CNN Films are also accessible via the app.
Download: CNN News
Inshorts compresses news articles into 60-words pieces that contain only facts, no opinions. The link to the full article is provided at the bottom for in-depth reading.
2. Times of India
Times of India is one of India’s most read newspapers. Its app gives access to the newspaper via a gadget. Categories such as Politics, Sports, Entertainment are extensively covered.
Download: Times of India
DailyHunt is popular with regional news readers, providing options to read the news in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telegu, Urdu, Oriya and Punjabi.
For the US
1. The New York Times
The NYT app has been discussed above.
2. CNN News
The CNN app has been discussed above.
3. LA Times
The LA times brings to its readers news from around the world from the outlook of Californian people. The West coast is covered extensively in this app.
Download: LA Times
4. Fox News
Fox News represents the perspective of the vast majority of conservative Americans and presents their perspective on various events as they happen.
Download: Fox News
So no matter which part of the World you come from, we have an app tailored just for you.
Which one is your favorite app to keep tabs on the latest happening around the world. Do tell us in the comment section below if you got any suggestions for above.