Sometimes it seems like there are only negative stories in the news, but often those are only the biggest stories. If you want to keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the world as well as topics that interest you, a mobile news app is the best way.
While mobile news apps don’t – and shouldn’t – hide the sad or negative stories, you can personalize your feed so that you get a mix of positive, negative, and interesting content. You can keep up to date on world economy, sports, science and other big topics as well as niche topics like knitting, cats, photography, books and more.
Flipboard and Google News are two of the most customizable news apps for Android and iOS. Let’s see how they compare and find out which one is right for you.
Downloads: Flipboard for Android | iOS (free)
Downloads: Google News for Android | iOS (free)
Because these apps are updated frequently, the interface on both is easy to navigate and an overall pleasant experience.
If you feel like flipping through a magazine, you’ll love Flipboard. This is exactly how the app should feel. You don’t have to create an account, but it’s recommended that you personalize your experience and curate and share messages with friends and family.
To get started with a personalized feed, Flipboard lets you choose at least three topics to follow if you’re new to the app. Navigating the app is pretty intuitive and you’re given a mini-tutorial at the start. You select a news page to start with, turn the page by swiping your finger up on the screen, and then tap an article once you find one that interests you.
Learning to use Google News will be easy for anyone familiar with the interface of Google’s many other mobile apps. If you already have a Google account, you don’t need to create a new one to use Google News. Just select the Google account you want to associate with it and sign in.
Google News’ interface is best described as minimalist. Just like other Google apps, it’s clean, optimized, and it’s easy to find everything you need even when you open the app for the first time.
Navigate the news
Each app has a different way of organizing the top stories and your personalized stories, but one isn’t necessarily better than the other. Which one you prefer depends on your personal preferences.
When you first open the Flipboard app, you are greeted by For her Personalized stories tab based on the topics you follow. You can customize this later, but for now you’ll see a few different tabs to switch between: Daily issue, Today’s selectionand What is your passion?. As you move from tab to tab, you’ll see a variety of fair and balanced news to scroll through.
conversion to the Following see all the hashtags you are currently following. Tapping on one of these squares will open a curated collection of the latest articles published with that hashtag.
If you just want to look around the app to find new people or sites to follow, you can tap the search icon at the bottom of the screen. This will direct you to the Discover Tab where you can browse articles by category such as Technology & Science, Sports, life, musicetc.
That For her -Tab in the Google News app shows you the date and local weather at the top of the screen, with personalized stories below. This screen is divided into top stories, local newsand choice for youwith relevant articles under each section heading.
Switch to the headlines Tab you can see the top breaking stories from your country and the world. These stories are filtered by categories including business, technology, entertainment, Sports, Scienceand Health. These stories are not influenced by your personal message settings in the app.
On the Following tab, you’ll see subjects, Sources, Localand Saved Stories. Everything you see on this tab was added by you. You can tap any icon on this screen to view stories specific to that topic or source, such as: B. “Board Games” or “The New York Times”.
Then on the newsstand find new sources to follow and add them to your curated list of news you see every day.
You can easily share any story you find from both Flipboard and Google News, but Flipboard might be your best bet if you frequently share stories with a specific group of people.
Flipboard is a much more social app than Google News. You can create unique journals for specific groups of friends or family members. This is great if you want to share articles about games with friends and articles about local news with your family. Or you can just share your profile on Flipboard and then people can follow the magazines they are interested in.
To share an entire magazine, you must first open it, tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner, and then tap Split. Or, if you want to share your entire profile, navigate to the profile tab at the bottom of the screen, tap the share icon at the top, then send!
You can share an article in Google News without opening it by tapping and selecting the three vertical dots next to the article’s title Split. Or if you open the article to read through before sharing, you’ll see a share icon at the bottom of the screen.
While you can share an article in pretty much any app, Google News prioritizes sharing with people in your contact list, who you can find by searching a name, phone number, or email. One of the other top options you see when trying to share an article is your Facebook news feed and groups.
Unfortunately, you can’t share multiple stories at once in the Google News app. You can copy and paste multiple links into a custom message to a friend, but you can’t share an entire magazine like you can in Flipboard.
Save article for later
Both apps have an aesthetic way of presenting the stories you’ve saved to read later, but Google News might have a slight advantage here.
To bookmark articles on Flipboard for reading later, you must first create a magazine. You can name it anything you like, e.g. B. “Read later” or “Saved articles”. Then, if you come across an article you don’t have time for, you can tap + icon on the gray bar at the top of the screen and select your newly created magazine.
If you find time to read the stories you’ve saved, you’ll need to go to your profile and open the magazine you’ve inserted stories into. You can switch between stories and then remove them from your magazine once you’ve read them.
It’s a little easier to find and read articles you’ve saved for later in the Google News app, especially if you’re already familiar with the interface of many other Google apps.
If you tap on a story that interests you, you can tap on the save icon at the bottom of the screen and it will automatically be added to yours Saved Stories. If you don’t want to open the article, you can tap the three vertical dots and then select Save for later.
To find your saved items, navigate to Following Tab at the bottom of the app. Scroll down until you see Saved Stories. You’ll see the most recent stories you’ve saved first, but you can scroll all the way down and tap View and manage all to view larger article cards with all your saved posts.
Google News seems to organize the articles you want to read later more neatly. So if you bookmark posts often, this might be a better mobile messaging app for you.
Which mobile messaging app is better?
If you’re not drawn to the flipping mechanism in the Flipboard app, or want to share articles in bulk with family and friends, I’d go with the Google News app. The interface is simpler, Google curates news from its search engine, and saving articles for later is much more intuitive in the Google News app. Flipboard is by no means a bad mobile news app; Google News is only marginally better.