It seems like eons ago that I would start my work day with a cup of coffee and a newspaper to get my daily news fix. I still do it but with a slight difference: my Android phone has replaced the newspaper. So I thought, why not write about my experience in exploring all the amazing news Apps in the Android Market? I have compiled a list of news reader apps that have both minimal and elegant user interfaces, to share my views with you and some useful suggestions with App developers.
Some interesting statistics and surveys about the US smartphone and tablet markets have been released in the past month. The Android operating system is still trailing behind iOS in overall userbase, but Android handsets are becoming more and more desirable compared to all other devices: Blackberry, Windows, and, yes, even iPhones.
As an aspiring journalist and writer you can rightly assume that the current situation in Libya, Syria and Yemen has me constantly checking my phone for updates. I’m also following top journalists who are in the thick of the action on Twitter.
I think news applications have started to get stale since their first incarnations on Android. Even Pulse isn’t exactly doing it for me anymore. Understandable I guess; I mean, the news doesn’t exactly excite the general population like other genres might. Yet it’s an important cornerstone in any country. Finding, sharing and critiquing as fast as possible is what 21st century journalism is all about.
I normally use several applications to get my news throughout the day (and night): Al Jazeera, BBC and Pulse, to name but a few. They all do a fine job at delivering it to me but when I discovered a different application that had so much more to offer they were quickly removed from my homescreen and relegated to the abyss that is the main menu, lost in a sea of other rejected applications I haven’t gotten around to purging yet.
Todays smartphones give users a wealth of functionality: as a portable internet browser, music player, camera and even sometimes to make phone calls!
One use that continues to be popular is using a smartphone to read and aggregate news. Now, although there has been a slew of the aptly coined term “Jumbo Phones” announced over the past few weeks, the smartphone screen can sometimes be too small to comfortably browse text based websites.
Applications such as Google Reader or Feedr look to remedy this by developing an RSS reader built for the phone, but scrolling through text headlines is not much more intuitive than the previous option. Enter: Pulse.
We’re pleased to announce this sneak preview of a new member in the AppStorm network of sites: Android.AppStorm!
Complimenting Mac.AppStorm, Web.AppStorm, iPhone.AppStorm, and the recently announced Windows.AppStorm, our new Android site will be offering reviews and roundups of Android software, along with tips and tricks to get the most from your Android phone.
Although we’re announcing Android.AppStorm today, it won’t be officially launching until early 2011.
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To start receiving our awesome Android content as soon as the site officially launches, you can easily subscribe in advance.
What Do You Want to See?
So, I hope you’re as excited about Android.AppStorm as I am. We’ll be building up a team of writers and editors over the coming month, dedicated to bringing you high-quality Android news, reviews, roundups and how-to’s. It’s going to be fantastic!
If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions for the new site, I’d really love to hear them. Just leave a comment here – I’ll be sure to read everything that gets posted!