Top 10 Free News Apps For iPhone and Android Devices
There are many news channels, like Fox, CNN etc. that offer apps for Smartphones and Tablets. However, we are not concerned by any app from a specific source or channel. We will talk about only about those news apps that let you customize the topic and sources to read news, and you get to read what you really love. No boring stuff!
10 Best Free News Applications for Android and iPhone
If you are among those who love reading news and content on Smartphones and Tablets, then you already know what Flipboard is. Flipboard was launched in 2010 by Mike McCue and Evan Doll, and it was the world’s first social magazine app for mobile devices that started delivering contents from various news sites, blogs, and social networks. If you have been a Samsung Phone users, you must have realized that many Samsung devices come with preloaded Flipboard app/feature. Flipboard can also be accessed via any internet browser. Anyone can make a Flipboard account, select the kind of topic they like, and can also follow any specific channel or website to keep receiving updates from them. These are some of the cool features of this app.
- Customize your account selecting topics and following channels/website to read what you love.
- Create your own board, and flip the content you love. Those contents will be added to your board that you can read anytime, and your followers can also read them.
- You can also follow Twitter hashtags or handles right from Flipboard.
- Enjoy Flipboard in 25 Local Editions ; Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, Netherlands, Phillippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, US Latino.
2. Google News & Weather
It is Google’s News Application that also shows weather related information. The app actually works like an internet browser that allows to browse and read the news. When you tap on any link, it allows reading the article on the mobile version of the site. So you will not loose the native browser experience. AMP Pages have made this app even more useful, because when you click on any news that has AMP Sign (⚡️), it will load the article in less than a second. Get to know these features of Google News & Weather app;
- Read News in All topics from over 75,000 Sources.
- Save Data and Enjoy Ultra-Fast Page load for All AMP Pages.
- Read international as well as local news. It shows a dedicated section for local news by identifying your current location, but you must have location/GPS enabled. You can also change the country to find most relevant local news from a certain region.
- Add your favorite topics by tapping on Plus (+) icon, and access those topics anytime by tapping on the menu icon and then hitting the previously added topic, or add a new one.
- While reading an article, you can swipe left/right to read the next/previous article.
- Share news via email, message or social media applications.
- The app also shows Weather related information from Weather.com.
3. Apple’s News Application (iOS Only)
The News Application from Apple has completed a year now. It was launched in 2015, and iOS users got the first News Application from Apple after updating the device to iOS 9. However, Apple’s News application is limited to United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. If you don’t belong to any of those countries, you can still get the News App by Changing your region to the United States from iPhone’s Settings. Many iOS users have switched from Flipboard to Apple news as it does almost the same job. Some features of the News app are as follows;
- Read content from various sources, CNN, NY Times, BBC, ABC, and many other blogs and websites.
- Favorite those topics and channels you like to read about, and read content from around the web.
- Don’t have time to read content now? No problem, you can save to read later.
- Share link to the content with friends and family via Message or Social Media Apps.
Download Link? Not required. It’s kind of a feature, there isn’t any app to download.
SmartNews is a simple and useful app, but not as popular as Flipboard or Google News application. Like rest of the news application, it also delivers news from multiples sources. Here are some very useful features of this app;
- Search your favorite news channels or topics and add them to the category. The application shows a colorful category/topic bar on the top of the screen. You are allowed to add topic or news channel there.
- Click on any news to read in web view or smart view. When an article takes longer to load, you get the big Smart View button. You can tap on this button to load the article instantly.
- It is available in 3 editions; United States, Japan, and International.
- You can choose to receive Push notifications four times a day; Morning, Midday, Evening, and Night. Users can select desired time for push notification, and can also turn it off.
5. News360: Personalized News
News360 app is used by millions of users because of its cool User Interface and useful features. They serve local as well as international news. It creates a category automatically naming your location, and all you have to do it tap on it and confirm. Once confirmed, it will start serving location-based news along with international updates. News360 app comes with following features for Android and iOS devices;
- It lets users customize HomePage for your favorite topics and channels.
- The app shows the count of related posts on the top right corner that you will see while reading any article. Tapping on that option will fetch all those related posts.
- Users can swipe on the screen to read another article.
- You can increase/decrease the text size and switch to Night or Sepia mode to improve your reading experience.
- Articles can be saved to read later, and you can also share them on social media or via messaging/email app.
6. Yahoo News Digest
If you don’t have so much time to read many news articles, Yahoo News Digest could be the best solution. Yahoo sends you notification 2 times a day, one in the morning and another in the evening. You can set your desired time to receive notification. Yahoo analyzes news articles and delivers top news articles twice a day from various sources. If you want to read more, you can scroll down to the bottom, then drag the page up and leave, then you will see more articles on the screen.
Feedly is a very powerful application for those who want to add even those websites not available in Feedly. It has the ability to locate RSS Feed of any website and let users read news directly from the app. Feedly is one of the most popular news application because of these features;
- It allows to create own customize feeds adding topics and websites.
- Feedly is different from many other news apps because it allows adding even those websites that are not known by Feedly and its users. All you have to do it search the website with its domain name.
- Users can save any article to read later or find those articles that they have recently read.
- Share any article via email, messaging or social media app.
8. Drippler – Your Tech Assistant : Tech News and Tips
If you are a tech person, and all you care about tech news and tips, then skip all the news apps we mentioned above, and go for Drippler. Drippler is all about tech, and they don’t serve any other type of content on their app. Drippler has just 3 categories within the app; News & Tips, Apps, and Games. There is one more option as “All” that combines all type of tech news and tips. Drippler serves tips and news from many tech and gaming websites. If you can’t find anything you are looking for, use the search button.
Download Drippler Now : iPhone Users | Android Users
9. Reddit: The Official App
Reddit is more like a social media application, but it can also be considered the best source to find breaking news. Every day hundreds of thousands of news and updates are shared on Reddit, and Reddit is very good at filtering and removing spam content. Reddit usually shows a little information about the news/article, and provides the link to the original content. Users are required to click on the link to read the full story. Along with reading the news, you can also read comments and share your view. The Karma thing also helps to find great content. The link with excellent Karma score usually takes you to an awesome webpage with the informative article. Reddit’s official app is available to download for Android and iOS devices, and it doesn’t cost a dime.
10. DailyHunt (Formerly NewsHunt) : Best for Indian News
This app serves news from Indian local newspapers that are available in many different languages. Users can choose to read news in 14 different languages; Hindi, English, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Bangla, Bhojpuri, and Nepali. It is available in 5 different editions; India, Bangladesh, Africa, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Along with news, there are many free books and magazines that you can download and read for free.
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