Apps have a reputation for being frivolous distractions, with addictive games like Angry Birds and Draw Something gobbling up your spare time, while other novelty apps are ideal for wasting a spare 10 minutes. With so many online news apps appearing on Google Play, it is however possible to download something more constructive. Rather than spending your morning commute making green pigs explode using feathered projectiles, you could catch up with the day’s events.
As there are so many news apps now available, you may find yourself contemplating the pros and cons of online news, compared to a physical newspaper. The main con, as you’ve probably already noted, is that when reading a newspaper on your phone, you can’t cut eyeholes through the middle in order to play surreptitious spy games. You also wouldn’t want to put your mobile phone through a shredder in order to line your hamster cage. On the plus side however, online newspapers are cheaper, quicker to obtain, and kinder to the environment.
Here are e2save’s top 5 news apps on the market for Android’s Google Play
Online News App #1 – BBC News
The BBC’s free to use app follows a similar aesthetic to their website, setting out news stories by both genre and geographical location. Auntie Beeb’s website has a clear, striking, and easy to navigate design, and it’s nice to see these qualities have made their way into the accompanying app. With the BBC online news site receiving 14 million users a week, and the BBC World channel reaching 74 million viewers per week, there’s never been a better time to swell your chest with patriotic pride, and make BBC news your number one online news app.
Download the BBC news app from Google Play
Online News App #2 – Pulse
Pulse is an app that takes stories from a variety of different websites and then arranges them into a sort of interactive mosaic. You can then select which online news stories are visible on your homepage as you cross reference genre with publication. Want to read Lifestyle articles from Lonely Planet? Or maybe Politics from Fox News is more you thing? Click the catalogue tab for a full menu then add them to your homepage to display the type of stories you want to read, from the publications you like to read them from.
Download the Pulse news app from Google Play
Online News App #3 – The Guardian
The Guardian app is certainly the most colourful news app available, and from its bright icon through to its clear, vibrant layout, it’s clear from the outset that The Guardian sees itself as the cool kid on the news app block. An attractive layout presents top stories at the top of the homepage, which you can also customise to include your choice of multimedia, sport, culture, and other favourites. The Guardian app scores points for being attractive, engaging, and most importantly, free.
Download The Guardian news app from Google Play
Online News App #4 – The Times
If the Guardian sees itself as the funky youngster of the list, then The Times app is the old traditionalist. It strives to recreate the aesthetic of the newspaper, and succeeds in looking more like a broadsheet front page, than an organised list of online news links. It’s certainly one of the best news apps available on the market for Android, it’s just a shame that it’s only free for the first 30 days, after which you’re charged a subscription. With so many free news apps around, you may not want to fork out your hard earned pennies on what you can get elsewhere for free.
Download The Times news app from the Google Play
Online News App #5 – Sky Sports News
More video orientated than other apps, the Sky Sports news app from page is simply comprised of a scrolling list of Top Stories, half of which are video clips. You can also use the settings to browse different sports, and set your favourites. There’s nothing particularly imaginative or ground-breaking at work here, but with so much multimedia online news at your fingertips, it’s a must for any sports fan.
Download the Sky Sports news app from Google Play