If you want to stay informed on current affairs, you could download every single news outlet’s app. But that would be overwhelming. Instead, make it easier on yourself and find a great news aggregator.
These news apps collect articles from a large pool of sources, and incorporate different types of reporting, so not everything comes from the New York Times or a local news station.
If you really only want updates from your regional newspaper, go ahead and download that dedicated app. But for news stories from around the world and across topics including entertainment, science, tech, politics, and beyond, find yourself the best news app for you that’s customizable.
If you use notifications you’ll be glad you stuck with just a few news apps to save your entire screen from blowing up with constant “breaking” alerts.
All of these news apps are free to download on Android and Apple devices, although some have premium, paid versions available.
Apple’s news service keeps iPhone and iPad users fully informed on current affairs. You can browse top headlines or set up notifications based on certain topics or news outlets. So you could get alerted about every politics story, say, if that’s what you really want.
For $9.99 per month you can subscribe to Apple News+ for access to a bunch of publications (even those with paywalls) and listen to articles narrated as audio stories.
Google News is basically Apple News for Android users, as you might expect. BUT, even iOS devices are compatible with the Google News app. If you’re already relying on headlines from the “News” section on Google Search on desktop you’ll probably fit right in with the search engine’s news app.
The Week is an IRL weekly magazine that collects and summarizes news from all over, but its accompanying app can catch you up quickly. If you’re into lists, the app’s daily briefing tab gives you “10 things you need to know today” every day. You can also read some articles on the app without a subscription, but for full digital issues you’ll need to subscribe (50 digital-only issues for $89).
Originally formed as a digital magazine, Flipboard makes newsgathering more about topics than individual headlines. It emphasizes community curation to create mini magazine issues customized for you about certain places, categories, or events.
This Japanese-based news aggregator uses machine learning to find top stories for its app. It’s been popular in Japan and the U.S. for many years, with a focus on news from those two countries. Partnerships with select news outlets are featured on the platform, and there’s a special election section with live coverage and results. Its local news section is plugged into 6,000 cities across the U.S.
This aggregator calls itself a “news reader” with a focus on customized news. It tracks the types of stories you click on to serve up more stories that you’re likely to be interested in. To be sure the computer gets it right you can also manually select topics. But fair warning: The app lists more than 1 million topics to choose from.
That’s not how I would spell “news” but that’s how the Murdoch-owned News Corp does it for its recently launched news app. It’s a mix of computer-selected stories and human curation that scans hundreds of stories before aggregating top headlines on a very bright yellow app.
Instead of surfacing the top stories for a national audience, the News Break app tries to localize it based on cities and metropolitan areas that you care about. So instead of big news from the recent Democratic and Republican conventions you can find local news headlines from your city or hometown. The app emerged a few years ago from a former Yahoo executive from China.
Yes, Yahoo still exists. While you may have switched over to Gmail for your email inbox years ago, Yahoo News is still going strong with a robust collection of stories from major news outlets. It’s especially known for breaking news and live events.
Pocket is Mozilla’s bookmarking tool, but the app’s homepage has a “Discover” tab that pulls up popular stories that others are saving to the app. You can also connect your Twitter account (and your iOS and Google contact lists) and see the links that people you follow are, well, linking for a more personalized selection. A premium version of the “read later” app with a permanent library and suggested tags for better organizing is either $4.99 per month or $44.99 for a year.
If you like reading interesting articles, but the thought of breaking news stresses you out — we’ve got you covered.
— Pocket (@Pocket) May 15, 2020