Five Best Android Newsreaders

Five Best Android Newsreaders

First we took a look at the five most popular newsreader apps for iOS. Now we’re back to balance things out with a peek at the five most popular newsreaders for Android.

Google Reader (Free)


Google Reader, the long awaited official app from Google, took its sweet time getting to the Market. None the less, despite being available for less than two months it’s one of the most popular RSS apps. It syncs seamlessly with multiple accounts and gives you access to the full subscription features like starring, marking as read, sharing and more. Google Reader also includes some neat navigational features like the ability to use your phone’s volume rocker switch as a next and previous key for your RSS feeds. [Google Reader on AppBrain]

FeedR ($2.01)


Many RSS tools piggyback on Google Reader. FeedR supports synchronisation with Google Reader if you’re a fan but also supports plain old feed importing if you like to manually manage your feed and keep Google out of the loop. You can search and preview your feeds, read offline with images thanks to local caching, easily switch between the mobile and full view for articles, and more. FeedR’s design places emphasis on transparency; the UI stays out of your way which frees up valuable screen space for reading. [FeedR on AppBrain]

Pulse (Free)


Pulse was a popular contender in our iOS newsreader Hive Five thanks to its sleek layout and photo-centric swipe based reading style. The interface translates surprisingly well to Android phones. Pulse is the most social of the newsreaders in this roundup and includes the ability to stream your Facebook feed right along side your news feeds as well as share stories via Facebook, Twitter and email. You can start fresh with Pulse or import all your feeds from Google Reader. [Pulse on AppBrain]

NewsRob (Basic: Free/Pro: $6.86)


NewsRob syncs your Google Reader account to your Android phone for real-time and offline reading. NewsRob includes system wide notifications of new content, caching to the SD card for smoother reading, and the ability to mark as read, favourite, and edit feed categories. Upgrading to the premium version removes the ads and enables article sharing and article notation. [NewsRob on AppBrain]

gReader (Basic: Free, Pro: $5.48)


Long before Google released an official Reader app, gReader was filling the niche. gReader sports two-way synchronisation with Google Reader, offline reading, direct editing of your feed and folder settings from gReader, support for local caching and saving media from your feeds to your phone, offline reading, system notifications, and easy sharing via email, Twitter, Facebook, and more. The premium version removes the ads, and activates additional features like themes and widgets. [gRreader on AppBrain]


  • Unfortunately with Google’s official reader app, because it took so long to come out, its well behind the 8-ball when it comes to features, though it is nicely usable.

    I use NewsRob, its low on bandwidth use, rock solid stable, and free (as long as you can put up with a few minimal ads).

  • I appreciate that you do not have much time to do full reviews. To really appreciate a newsreader you need to be a regular user of one to determine how its less obvious features contribute to the total reading experience. Once you get beyond the gloss, it’s the features that contribute to a high rate of article review and consumption that count. Having used all of the newsreaders listed, and a few more besides, the only one that stands out from the crowd for a power user is NewsRob. NewsRob is the only one that lets me get through 500 – 1000 articles and day without having to jump between reader and browser.

    • FYI, Hive Five selections are based on votes on the US Lifehacker site — so lots of people have tested these products as regular users, it isn’t just one author’s opinion. The descriptions are designed to summarise each product, not pick a single winner — we’ve already narrowed the field as much as seems sensible.

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