Top 13 RSS and news reading apps
Last updated: January 12, 2020
RSS Readers and news reading apps provide convenient way of reading news in web browsers and on mobile devices. They allow tp compile news feeds from a variety of online sources, personalize your feeds and share news via different channels.
Feedly is RSS news aggregator application for various Web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android, also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others.
Flipboard is your Personal Magazine. It's a single place to discover, collect and share the news you care about. Add your favorite social networks, publications and blogs to stay connected to the topics and people closest to you.
One place to keep up with all your information sources. Rely on powerful free search, full archive of your subscriptions. Monitor specific keywords, save pages from the web and subscribe to social media feeds.
Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. If it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet or computer. You don't even need an Internet connection.
With Google News, discover more of the news and magazines you care about all in one app on your Android tablet or phone. Enjoy breaking news and in-depth articles featuring audio, video and more. From sports, business, cooking, entertainment, fashion and more - now get both free and paid news plus subscribe to vibrant full HD magazines, all in one place. With hundreds of premier publishers - it’s all there, easy to follow, read, and share.
Mobile news reader for Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, FeedHQ, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, Inoreader, Minimal Reader, BazQux Reader, Fever and Readability. Don't want to use a third-party service? Reeder also supports local/standalone RSS (no sync).
Apple News provides the best coverage of current events, curated by expert editors. And enjoy hundreds of popular publications with Apple News+.
A fast, simple RSS feed reader that delivers a great reading experience.
NewsBlur is a personal news reader bringing people together to talk about the world . Stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in. Read the content in context, the way it was meant to be seen. Reading news is better with friends. Share stories on your public blurblog. Hide the stories you don't like and highlight the stories you do.
Netvibes is the all-in-one dashboard intelligence platform for real-time social media monitoring, social analytics, brand sentiment, reputation management, news aggregation, data analytics and real-time intelligence. Analyze all your social+enterprise data. Keep your team on track with real-time alerts, colorful visualizations and automated reporting.
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SmartNews is the fastest, most efficient way to get all your news now. Your news in one minute. Zero loading time, a beautiful interface.
Microsoft News (previously named MSN News and Bing News) is a news aggregator and service that features news headlines and articles chosen by editors. Microsoft currently only allows users to subscribe to specified news sources
Get up to speed in one newsfeed with Pulse. This award-winning app puts relevant professional content at your fingertips and makes sharing with your network. Personalize your feed by selecting from hundreds of trusted sources including LinkedIn Influencers. See what’s trending among professionals worldwide and sign in with LinkedIn to easily like, comment, and share articles with your network.
Latest news about RSS and news reading apps
2020. News reading app SmartNews raises $92M
SmartNews has closed $92 million round of funding at a valuation of $1.2 billion. News aggregation apps seemed to everywhere a few years ago, and while they haven’t exactly disappeared, they didn’t turn into unicorns, with many of them acquired or shut down. But SmartNews has a few unique advantages. For one thing, it uses machine learning rather than human curation to “thoughtfully generate a news discovery experience” that’s personalized to each user. Secondly, many news aggregators treat the publishers creating the content that they rely on “like a commodity,” whereas SmartNews treats them as “true partners.” For example, it’s working with select publishers like Business Insider, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed and Reuters on a program called SmartView First, where articles are presented in a custom format that gives publishers more revenue opportunities and better analytics.
2019. Tonic launched a personalized news reader that respects user privacy
Canopy has developed a personalization engine that works without requiring users to log in or even provide an email and launched the news reader app, Tonic. The new app is designed to be completely private, while also learning what you like over time, in order to offer a customized experience. But unlike other personalization engines, all the raw interaction and behavioral data stays on your own device. Another big differentiator is that Tonic puts you in control over your own personalization settings. This is not typical. If you’ve ever used an app powered by personalization technology, there’s probably been a point where you were recommended a song, video, or a news article, for example, that seemed to be entirely wrong and not representative of something you’d actually like. But you may have been at a loss as to why it was recommended, because most apps don’t detail this sort of information.
2019. Apple shuts down Texture following launch of Apple News+
As expected, subscription-based magazine service Texture has shut down following the launch of Apple News+. Apple acquired Texture last year to serve as the foundation of Apple News+ and later announced that Texture would cease working after May 28. On cue, the app no longer functions as of today and points users towards Apple News+. Unfortunately, while Apple's notice in the Texture app says "don't worry, you can continue to read your favorite magazines" on Apple News+, the service is only available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Texture supported multiple platforms, including iOS, macOS, Android, and previously Windows.
2018. Microsoft launched AI-based news reading app Hummingbird
Microsoft launched a new AI news app for Android called Hummingbird. It allows to register an account with your hotmail or Linkedin email address. The benefits of logging in with an account is Microsoft being able to serve you news item that are populated with articles that they think you’ll be interested in. Just like other AI-powered services, the more you use it, the better it will understand you and your preferences. When you tap on an article, it will open in the original site but you will still see the Hummingbird title bar if you go to the reading mode so you can easily go back to the app’s main page. There are options to mute specific genres of news sources, so you can keep your feed centered around your interests, such as tech reviews or books. If there is something you are really keen about, there are social media sharing options, natch.
2018. Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as rebranded MSN app
Microsoft is launching rebranded Microsoft News apps for both iOS and Android, alongside using its news engine to power news across a variety of Microsoft products. While the MSN name is going away on Android and iOS, the site itself will remain branded as MSN.com, a portal for news that the software maker launched back in 1995. Microsoft is combining curated news from more than 1,000 “premium publishers” and 3,000 brands with human editors and artificial intelligence. Microsoft’s AI scans more than 100,000 pieces of content every day, and processes it to determine its topic, popularity, and freshness. The newly designed Microsoft News app includes a dark mode, better integration with iOS and Android widgets, continuous reading, and breaking news alerts.
2018. Google News gets AI-redesign
Google introduced a revamped version of Google News that now merges with Google Play Newsstand. The A.I.-powered, redesigned service combines elements found in Google’s digital magazine app, Newsstand, as well as YouTube, and introduces new features like “newscasts” and “full coverage” to help people get a summary or a more holistic view of a news story. The updated version will present a briefing at the top of the page with the five stories you need to know about right now, as well as more stories selected just for you. The feature uses A.I. technology to read the news on the web, to assemble the key things you need to know about, including also local news and events in your area. And the more you use this personalized version of Google News, the better it will get, thanks to the “reinforcement learning” technology under the hood.
2017. News reading app Feedly gets filters
RSS reader Feedly added Filters, that automatically remove stories from your feeds, based on rules that you define. Filters exist on top of your feeds, shielding you from time-wasting memes and helping to surface what’s important. You can create a Mute Filter while reading. Let’s say you open a story and decide you don’t want to see any more stories like it. Use your mouse to select a keyword or phrase and click “Mute this phrase” from the menu. Filters is available only in paid versions that starts at $5/month.
2017. Feedly adds team boards, notes and annotations
News reading service Feedly has introduced Boards, a feature that makes it easier to organize the stories you want to save for yourself, or share with others on a team. This feature is ideal for business users and co-workers who want to track stories about clients, projects or other interests. You can add story to a board of your choosing or save it to multiple boards. The Teams product is where Boards can become even more useful. When you save a story to shared board, you can mark it up with added context. For example, you can highlight key parts of an article and annotate the article with your expanded thoughts or ideas. Plus, you can notify fellow teammates using integrated Slack and email mentions. Boards, Notes, and Highlights will also work on any device including the web and mobile, via the Feedly app. Basic accounts can only create up to 3 private Boards. For unlimited boards, you’ll need to upgrade to Pro ($5/mo.) or Teams ($18/mo. per user).
2015. News reader Flipboard launches new ads targeting based on user interests
Flipboard adds better targeting to its advertising partners in the form of the advertising based on the interest graphs it has built for its users. For example, an advertiser that chooses to advertise with coffee topics may also have their ads shown with craft beer topics. The reason behind that, is that many of the same people who read stories about coffee also care about stories about craft beer. The goal for this kind of ad product was to essentially recreate the advertising experience that is seen in magazines — with high-quality ads being placed against content that might not be directly relevant, but is nonetheless related. That more or less fits in line with Flipboard’s overall mission of emulating the magazine experience on a mobile device.
2015. Feedly news reader adds Shared Collections for business users
Feedly’s business model smartly targets those who take in a lot of information from a variety of sources on a regular basis. That includes business professionals tracking industry news, among others. The new feature Shared Collections, only available to Pro subscribers, lets you create collections of reading sources which can be shared publicly or privately. Effectively, it’s a simple way to take a group of sources you’re already subscribed to and actively reading within Feedly, and click a button to make them available to others. It allows users to share the collection of blogs, publications, YouTube channels and alerts. A “Pro” version of Feedly’s service, which includes a powerful search feature and integrations with third-party tools like Evernote, Pocket, OneNote, LinkedIn, Dropbox and more, is available for $3.75 per month, billed annually.
2015. LinkedIn redesigns its news app Pulse
LinkedIn launched a redesigned version of its news app Pulse for iOS and Android, taking a more curated approach to surfacing news stories — a major departure from the app's previous approach to news delivery. The previous version of Pulse had a more RSS-like model, with a nearly endless stream of stories from all the publishers you followed. The new Pulse features a cleaner design, which is more in line with LinkedIn's other apps. The home page of the app now displays a feed of personalized stories based on data from your LinkedIn profile. The app uses information like your job title, industry, company and connections to surface stories it thinks will be most relevant to you. The publishers you followed on the previous version of the app will be taken into account in Pulse's recommendations.
2015. Flipboard allows users to add own opinions to their mobile magazines
Mobile news magazine app Flipboard will now enable magazine creators to add more of their own voice to their publications by allowing them to share thoughts and opinions on the news they’re sharing, as well as ask questions, quote text, customize their magazine with links or their own personal photos, and more. Before today, Flipboard users could build their own magazines by pulling in articles from a variety of sources in order to offer unique collections focused on a topic of interest. But unlike their glossy counterparts, this aggregated digital content sometimes lacked an editorial voice. Now, that can change as creators will be able to add text, links, images, and more to their magazines. Flipboard suggests the feature could be used to do things like ask questions, converse with readers, request co-contributors, or make notes about changes to the magazine, for example. It also allows magazine builders to quote sentences that struck them, or share their own sentiment and opinions about the articles included, which could help to provide more context to a story.
2015. Instapaper launches Notes in its mobile news-reader
News reading and sharing app Instapaper has launched a new annotation functionality called Notes. The feature allows users to select a piece of text from an article or other work, and make comments on that text. By default, Notes is set to private so no one can see your annotations. If they so choose, users can share their notes through the Twitter’s textshot feature. Users can also share through other third-party iOS applications, such as Facebook, Evernote and Tumblr, or through a new IFTTT trigger. Finally, if you want to share everything by default, Instapaper added a button that lets you choose to “Share All Notes.”
2015. Japan’s news reading app SmartNews expands globally
Japanese Flipboard alternative, SmartNews has raised $10 million to expand its presence in the U.S. The company’s founders believe that part of the reason for SmartNews’ growth is because of how the app has been built. Many aggregation service will claim to have intelligent algorithms directing what articles get recommended to users; SmartNews claims its are better. The machine learning-based recommendations focus not only on what you click on to read, but where you pause when you are browsing in the app, and what people read and pause near when they like the same things you do, comparing all of this against a massive trove of articles, to deliver to users a clean interface of things they may want to read.
2015. News reading app Instapaper adds speed reading option
Instapaper, the mobile news reader, launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience. With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader, which highlights a single word at a time for a more focused and efficient reading experience. The update also brings with it faster saving of articles from mobile and Instant Sync, which is a faster and more reliable way of sending articles to your Instapaper app on iOS. Instapaper recently redesigned the whole experience around the app, launching version 6.0 as a freemium model for the first time. Speed Reader will be free to use ten times each month, and then will fall into the premium tier of the service.
2015. Microsoft wants to buy social news reading app Prismatic
Microsoft is rumored to be acquiring Prismatic - an app that recommends news articles to users based on what their connections are reading and liking. Microsoft is one of several large companies that are talking to the startup, with the “most serious interest” otherwise coming from Apple, Yahoo, Google and Facebook. Prismatic has raised $15 million to date, with investors including Accel Partners, Jim Breyer, Yuri Milner and Javelin’s Alex Gurevich. Prismatic news reader, made for iOS, Android and the web, recommends stories you might like based on interests that you specify (e.g., food, iPhone news, China), the interests of your friends, and how you interact with the links it delivers to you — do you click; do you share, save or discard; do you comment.
2015. Flipboard launched web news reader for desktop
Mobile news-reading service Flipboard is finally coming to desktop with its web-version. Flipboard hoped to make its website familiar, but also to build an experience that was true to the web. In the same way it dynamically re-builds stories for optimal layout on smartphones and tablets, Flipboard’s web version takes advantage of the unique design principles and user interaction features on the desktop. Instead of flipping through different articles on mobile touchscreens, Flipboard’s web design is built to enable users to scroll through content that is relevant to them. Layouts change based on the type of content that is displayed, with some of them featuring full-bleed images and other highlighting text. At the same time, the web version takes advantage of all the personalization features the company has built over the years.
2014. Flipboard 3.0 makes topics the center of attention
Flipboard has launched a new version of its social-magazine app, adding smarter curation tools as well as a daily newspaper-style magazine that will be curated by the company’s editorial staff. The app has implemented content analysis and recommendation technology that was developed by Zite (which Flipboard acquired in March), making its universe of 10 million customized magazines easier for users to sift through. Now, when a new user or existing user pulls up the topic picker, each choice reveals other sub-topics that might be of interest. Flipboard used to offer 30 topics, but now it offers a total of 34,000. The mobile app has also undergone a complete redesign to make signing up and choosing topics easier. But the biggest addition to the new version is the creation of a curated daily news-magazine called The Daily Edition, which will be put together by Flipboard staff and is intended to give users a one-stop way of catching up on the top news in a variety of sectors.
2014. News reader Google Currents rebranded to Google Play Newsstand
Google Currents, Google’s magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you’re interested in, instead of only subscribing to publishers, blogs and RSS feeds. The company is also renaming the app to Google Play Newsstand. This change also follows the shift from Google Currents on Android. In the updated iOS Newsstand app Google has introduced revamped top-level navigation for browsing through the news content. There are now a few categories to help readers manage their subscriptions as well as dive into reading the news they care about, including a “Read Now” section which points you to the articles and editions from publications and feeds you currently subscribe to; “My Library,” which is a list of your Newsstand subscriptions; and “Topics,” a way to subscribe to areas of interest.