Magazine & News Apps

As we all know, the rules of media broadcast and consumption have changed forever. Gone are the days when the news came from only three local television stations and a nearby city newspaper.

Today people decide for themselves what is newsworthy and important. Social sites, RSS feeds, web TV, subject matter experts, bloggers and podcasters allow us to zero in on only the niche news topics we care the most about.

The explosion of media resources is amazing, but it comes with a downside too. Focusing our news-gathering eyes and ears on only a few specific topics, we run the risk of becoming narrow-minded and miss out on blindside stories that may affect us indirectly.

Our collection of the best news apps will help you keep tabs on the topics that are important to you as well as keep you aware of bigger stories and global news that need your attention. And if you sort by “highest rated,” you’ll notice there are definitely a few must-have news apps in this category.

Google Currents is a new free app that provides a polished, easy-to-read interface for your favorite news and media sites. Right off the bat we loved how you could easily import all of your Google Reader subscriptions—a quality Google resource that had all-too-often gone unread during the past year.

Everyone’s flooded with headlines and news in our web browsers all day long. Instapaper and Read It Later are great apps that let you mark content you’d like to read at a later date. Articles and videos easily queue up for mobile consumption whenever you’re ready for them.

For multimedia global reporting, we like the CNN and NPR News apps—both quality sources that package stories properly for the small screen.

So there you have it; sort and explore. And if there’s anything missing, let us know what you feel are the best news apps for smartphones.

Flipboard

Flipboard Editor's Choice

Equal parts news and social, Flipboard does a lot of work and looks beautiful in the process.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

theCHIVE

theCHIVE – Probably the Best App in the World Editor's Choice

Often questionable, always entertaining.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Paper

Paper

Facebook goes visual and adds news.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Zite

Zite

Turn your mobile device into a personalized magazine.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Vice

Vice

Vice brings you unique and world-renowned news coverage in a seamless app.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Zap-Kapow!

Zap-Kapow!

Never get ripped off again when you buy classic comics.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Golf Channel Mobile

Golf Channel Mobile

The go-to news app for golfers and golf lovers.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Umano

Umano: News Read to You

Can it be true? Stay informed of popular news and multitask at the same time.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Feedly

Feedly

Feedly claims they're a fast and stylish way to get your news. And they're right.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Stitcher Radio

Stitcher Radio

No time to read your news? No problem. Tune in to Stitcher Radio and get it over the airwaves on your device.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

USA Today

USA Today

A news app as reliable, colorful and even more interactive than the paper itself.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

BBC News

BBC News

For a foreign perspective on the news, try out the BBC News app.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

The FADER

The FADER

The FADER is a must-have lifestyle app for music junkies.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Live 140

Live 140 - Tweet Streams for TV

See what everyone is saying about your favorite TV show—while you're tuning in.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

News.me

News.me

Read, react to and share the news with the simple click off a button.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Convention Floor Pass

Convention Floor Pass

Welcome to the floors of the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

ChannelCaster

ChannelCaster

Create your own channels of news, videos, social feeds and more.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Pocket (Read It Later)

Pocket (Read It Later)

Pocket (formerly named Read It Later) is the best app to read and enjoy articles on your smartphone.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

MustKnow News

MustKnow News

Quickly access the top-ten news stories of the hour with MustKnow News, an easy-to-use news app.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

TED

TED

It’s time to get inspired on the go.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

NYTimes Election 2012

NYTimes Election 2012

Get the in-depth coverage you would expect from The New York Times, but with a political-news focus for the presidential election.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

ElectionCaster

ElectionCaster

ElectionCaster is a stellar political-news apps for staying current with the presidential election.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

PressReader

PressReader

Catch up on world and local news with the newspaper reader app, PressReader.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Google Currents

Google Currents

Reading on your smartphone has never been this enjoyable, thanks to the Google Currents newsreader app.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

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