What Is The Best News Reader App For Android?

Christian Cawley 06-10-2014

Struggling to get over Google Reader? Need an alternative to Feedly?


There are many news reader apps for Android that enable you to catch up with the latest news in your area of interest. Here we look at five great apps that offer curated content and customizable news sources for your phone or tablet.

Find out which we think is the best of the bunch!

What To Look For In A News Reader App

RSS is dying. While it might hang around as a service used by website editors to manage newsletters or keep up to date with other sites, it has, on the whole, been superseded by social sharing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and curated content.

Whether Google was being prescient with its culling of Google Reader, or whether they simply wanted to drive that area of technology forward, is a question we’ll probably never know the answer to. The end of Google Reader has had an effect on the news reader apps that are available, however, with many of those we assessed in early 2013 RSS And Beyond: The Top 5 Android News Reader Apps For Free RSS, which means Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary depending on who you ask, is a popular way to receive news updates from your favorite websites. You can pick and choose which updates you... Read More now no longer available.

Happily, others have come along to replace them, and we’ve gathered the top five choices (which also happen to be free) here to help you decide which one to use.


Each app is rated out of five, based on the depth of features, ease of setup, usability, and quality of news.


Despite the scandal that rocked Feedly early in 2014 Feedly Was Stealing Your Content -- Here's the Story, And Their Code Last week, Feedly rolled out a controversial new "feature" -- hijacking feed links. Here's the full story of why people are angry, and how one blogger helped to right the situation. Read More , it remains a hugely popular choice.

This shouldn’t be a surprise: Feedly delivers curated news as well as material from the RSS feeds and websites that you specify Feedly: The Fast and Easy Way to Read RSS Feeds on Android What was once just a mediocre RSS app for Android has become one of the fastest, sleekest, and outright best on the Play Store. Read More (it usually finds the RSS feed for you, removing the potential challenge of finding, then copying and pasting it into the app).



Feedly can share to Instapaper and Pocket, as well as any apps with sharing capabilities on your device. Adding and removing news sources is simple, and Feedly also provides support for Google News alerts and YouTube content.

Rating: 4/5

Flym News Reader

You’ll find no flash features or pointless add-ons with Flym News Reader, just a slightly silly name and a choice of curated content by topic and the ability to add RSS feeds.



However, the app is wholly competent, offering the ability to set posts as favourites, to share with compatible apps on your device, and a fullscreen mode.

A choice of themes are available, as is a WiFi-only refresh. If you want to keep your curated news reading simple but up-to-date, Flym should be your choice.

Rating: 3/5


Perhaps one of the most visually stunning apps on Google Play, Flipboard pretty much does exactly what the title says: you flip through a virtual pin board of news items, selected from the app’s wide range of categories. It’s available on phones and tablets, and the tablet version even has a dedicated interface Flipboard For Android Tablets Is Finally Here. Here's How It Works The ultimate tablet magazine is ready for your Android. Long an iPad-only offering, Flipboard arrived for Android tablets in December – and I've barely put my tablet down since. With the ability to pull in... Read More  so that it doesn’t look like a blown-up phone version.


For added connectivity to the most current and relevant news, the app also provides support for your Twitter and Facebook feeds, while LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+ and many other networks are supported.


Like Feedly, navigation through this app is almost entirely by swiping up, with long previews of the news items giving you plenty of opportunity to decide whether to read now, ignore, or save for later, which you do by tapping the + symbol and “flipping” the item into your own custom magazine.

Magazines can be shared online, and contributors are invited! Flipboard’s slick presentation and vast selection of features mean it has a lot going for it beyond the basic features we’re looking for here, but if you are yet to try it, we recommend you do so soon.

Rating: 4/5


Perhaps a surprise entrance on this list, Digg was once best known as a sort of proto-Reddit, a source for all the best stuff on the web. And then, for some reason only the people at the top were aware of, this changed.


Fortunately in its new guise, Digg is regaining its lost ground and this app is one of the pinnacles of its renaissance. To say that this piece of software is surprising is a bit of an understatement. Adding a feed is a case of entering a URL or selecting from the topics already provided, and with your content setup you can Digg things you enjoy, just like the old days.

What is clear from Digg, however, is that the quality of curation is noticeably better than the other apps. You get the feeling that the articles have been read and approved by a human, rather than being featured because they meet the parameters of an algorithm. Add some polished, minimalist presentation Digg Reader Is A Beautifully Minimal Alternative To Feedly Digg launched a reader in June following the shutdown of Google Reader. Digg Reader is a slick, minimal reader that puts the focus where it should be -- on the articles you want to read. Read More , bookmarking and the usual sharing options, and Digg is potentially the best news reader available.

In fact, I may have just found a new favourite app.

Rating: 5/5

Flyne. The Offline Reader

Another good choice is Flyne, which marries a great user interface with a good selection of sources and categories.

The app is let down somewhat because you need to pay for the upgrade to access Twitter and Feedly integration (features you’ll find free in other apps listed here), but that depends on whether you want free or paid apps, really.


Presentation of the news feeds isn’t a million miles from using the Android Twitter app, and items you enjoy can of course be saved for later or shared.

Configurable display options such as a night mode theme and font options are also available, while the offline reading makes Flyne a very useful news reader if Internet connectivity isn’t forthcoming (perhaps on a train or flight).

Rating: 3/5

The Winner Is…

If you want a lot of news from the specific sources you rely on, then Feedly is your answer. Need slick presentation with a smaller number of sources? Use Flipboard.

Flym Feeds is useful, while Flyne’s offline support makes it a useful “plan B” solution when news is needed but you have no Internet connection.

However, if you want to find surprising news on topics you’re interested in but pulled in from other sources that you wouldn’t usually have visited, Digg [No Longer Available] is the answer.

Which Is Your Favorite?

Do you use one of these apps, or do you have another favorite news reader? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anoop
    August 1, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I think you guys should add awesummly app in your list. Its is the best short news app, I am using this from around a year. Lots of features.

  2. Fred C.
    January 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I use Xoonity RSS Reader, for its user interface, search function and readability. And it's free.

  3. John
    April 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    your should try SCANEER by John Greezly on Android Play. This reader use more than 500 sources and adapts to you in a Tinder like interface. No configuration, no sign in. Very simple

  4. Flowreader
    April 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I use web-based one and organize things as I prefer, check FLowreader from - gives both web news and social accounts feeds.

  5. Beau Barbour
    February 9, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Check out Haku on iOS and Android. It's a 'tag' based machine learning news reader. All the content of feedly with the power of a machine learning search engine built it.

    It also allows you to create and share your own feed based on the content you 'tag'.

    Check it out at

    • Christian Cawley
      February 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      I'll certainly give it a go, thanks Beau

  6. Shay
    January 21, 2015 at 2:08 am

    I'd add RoundUp to this list, as it features news based on your social media, while your feed remains clean from cats and babies. It is always great to read on a flight as it cashes all of your articles for you with zero loading time. [Broken Link Removed]

    • Christian Cawley
      January 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Good suggestion, thanks Shay!

  7. Jason
    December 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I found in these apps, the news / topics are mostly pre-selected, you can't search of your own. Besides, in most apps, you can't increase the text size or maybe just to a certain size, which is very difficult for me to read on my phone. And sometimes, in like Feedly, when I clicked on a news, there was just a summary of the news, not the full story or even no content.

    There's one app that I really like, News Expert ( [Broken Link Removed] ) which I can search for any news, increase/decrease texts to any size. Plus, it has integrated popup word definition lookup, which I found really convenient when reading news.

  8. joncr
    December 25, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Way late to this, but I'm out looking for a decent Andoid reader. I don't need to sync, want to avoid "curated" material at all costs (why should I let some anonymous marketing dweeb push rubbish to me? I know what I want to read and how to find it.)

    Apps like Site and Flipboard are full of lightweight trivialized click bait. Seem mostly for people with short attention spans.

    Too bad most people think RSS began with Google Reader.

    • j
      April 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Did you find what you were looking for?

  9. NF
    October 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Posted is a free app that delivers breaking news alerts on any topic you type in:
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    You can even try "android news readers" as one of your alerts!

    • Christian Cawley
      October 31, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Good choice, I'll be checking Posted today!

  10. jimbo
    October 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Handles many web readers like Bazqux, etc
    Extensive tailoring options

  11. erin
    October 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm


  12. Youssef
    October 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hi there !

    If you guys want a news reader just for android suff like new apps , reviews and edoturials ....

    I recommand using Android Geek | Feedly | RSS , its the best android news reader out there , that keep you inform with the latest cool android apps and tools , videos review , how to on android..

    So if your a fan of android and want to keep in touch with the latest news , you must give it a try :)
    Android Geek Feedly on Google play : [Broken Link Removed]

  13. els
    October 10, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I use SmartNews. New and awesome.

  14. ksavai
    October 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Using Prismatic since long time. Works great. Works similar to Flipboard and recently came out with its android beta app.

    And as someone mentioned play news stand getting better and better.

    long time google reader and feedly reader but these new apps are worth leaving old RSS way.

    I will give digg a try.

  15. Neviln
    October 8, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Another vote for Zite! I have no clue why this app isn't more well known. The articles they post for each category are amazing. They aren't your average boring news stories...their articles are the ones that normally go viral on social media several days after Zite shows them...

  16. Aubeen
    October 8, 2014 at 12:55 am

    None of these...Pulse by a HUGE margin! I've if these.

  17. gh
    October 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    again no inoreader? still the best.

  18. Sam
    October 7, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    The new Google Play Newsstand is super nice. It's smooth, has plenty of sources, and it's now updated with material design.

  19. mma173
    October 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm


  20. Tony Karakashian
    October 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Overall, I've been happy with having setup Tiny Tiny RSS on my own box and using TTRSS (not the "official" client. The official is terrible.) on my Android devices.

    If you can set it up yourself and don't need them to help fix it, it's a good solution. I just added a bunch of plugins over the weekend that enhance functionality dramatically (in the web interface only, though), and with the filters I can setup I never see items I don't care about (which does translate down to the mobile version as those entries never end up in the database).

    I would say the only drawback I've had with using Tiny Tiny is the fact that support is truly abysmal. They even have a stickie post on their forums that's titled "Question about the forum: why are you all a55h*les?", with the responses essentially being "Because you're all idiots". With a start like that, you know it can only go downhill.

    And, no, RSS isn't dead. It's dying, but I'm holding on until the bitter end. Being able to consolidate all of my news in one place is infinitely better than trying to get it through social media because you end up missing so much unless you're constantly staring at your phone.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Good man for holding onto RSS. I doubt it will die out totally, but its days as a push update service are certainly numbered.

  21. Angel
    October 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I am using and I think it is the best. It's fast, clean and easy to use, also comes closest to the Google Reader experience.

  22. Darren
    October 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I use Google Play Newsstand. Nothing beats it, slick configurable, search by word gives articles and new topics to add to the main screen. Used with Flynx to open any links.

  23. eren
    October 7, 2014 at 7:12 am


  24. Inderpal
    October 7, 2014 at 3:14 am

    I use Play newsstand.

  25. Pulse reader
    October 7, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I'm reading this on pulse, which is in my opinion the best news reader you can get

  26. Joao
    October 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am a happy user of Feedly since the Google Reader shutdown, but Digg seems very good.
    I use Flipboard as well (for stuff I dont follow on Feedly) and its also an amazing app.
    Gonna try Digg now..

  27. Eileen Souza
    October 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I began using Feedly on my desktop but did not care for it. I changed to The Old Reader, which I love. On my phone I use gReader. gReader will download my posts from The Old Reader retaining my folder structure. It also interfaces with Feedly and, I rhink, Newsblur. I like this arrangement because any new folder or feed that I add on my desktop is picked up by my phone app. One of my criteria was that I did not want to have to update two apps manually.

  28. marc
    October 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Digg rocks and is my favorite. Also zite ( although it is slowly dying) and google Newsstand business insider is a must have too.

  29. Alexey
    October 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Don't see Newsblur here, I think this is the best rss feed reader!

  30. Alan Burnstine
    October 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I would add "Press" to your list. It isn't flashy or pretty, but it works great offline. I use Feedly when I have a good network connection, but on my commute home on the DC metro (when I do most of my RSS feed reading), I open up Press and let it sync my feed content before I hit the tunnel where network access is spotty, and can read feeds all the way home.

    Only issue, and this isn't a press issue, it is an RSS issue in general, is a lot of sites don't put the whole article in their feed has not been reliable of late, so having offline access doesn't let me read all of the articles I might want to.

  31. Hiten
    October 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    You did not mention Press app which is one of the best news reader apps out there.

  32. Qahlel
    October 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Well.. it's actually Readable with Aol Reader Beta...

  33. Jean-Francois Messier
    October 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I read news on different devices, so a synchronization between the devices is important. And since those devices include Linux and Windows (this one is not by choice), a web interface as well as an Android client is important. I used to have my own TT-RSS server that I was connecting to, But with Inoreader, I can have basically the same services and sync as TT-RSS, without having to worry about server maintenance. Inoreader gives me a rather-good web interface to quickly go through my 65 news feeds, and quickly open the articles that I want in my browser and extract the content to be displayed on my tablet. You can see Inoreader on