Mini Meme: News apps

Have we got news for you...

Newspapers, TV bulletins... who cares? Arguably the best place to find out what's going on in this fast-paced world is sitting in your pocket. 

And yes, we mean your smartphone, not that old Kit-Kat wrapper. We've looked at some of the best news-related apps for iOS, Android and even Windows Phone (!), almost all of them available free of charge, so without further ado feast your eyes on the current affairs bounty we have prepared for you.

Longform ((iOS)

The idea here is to buck the trend of bite-sized online articles and get people reading news stories with depth. The app sometimes comes across like a worthy Twitter, but there’s something great about it only listing articles of 2,000 words or more; it’s ideal for people who don’t have a short attention… SQUIRREL! Sorry, attention span.

Price: £Free

Stuff says ★★★★✩

Download Longorm for iOS here

Feedly (iOS/Android)

When Google set fire to Google Reader, Feedly heroically took over, providing a robust, free way to subscribe to website RSS feeds. The world might look on in scorn from their Twitters and their Facebooks, but you’ll use this app and know you’re not missing important news due to an inundation of lolcat GIFs.

Price: £Free

Stuff says ★★★★✩

Download Feedly for iOS here

Download Feedly for Android here

Instapaper (iOS/Android)

Uniquely for this round-up, Instapaper isn’t designed to bring the news to you — you send the news to Instapaper, via a browser shortcut. It’s essentially, then, a PVR for saved articles, also stripping out junk to leave pure text and images. Got nothing to send? The ‘Browse’ section has you covered.

Price: £Free

Stuff says ★★★★

Download Instapaper for iOS now

Download Instapaper for Android now