Thursday, December 16, 2010

Skygrid Android News Aggregation App Review

RATING: 5 out of 5

PRICE: FREE (Ad supported)

TASTY: Set up your own personal news reader app on your Android device and get the most relevant news pushed to your phone.

BUMMER: Some users report reduced battery life when using the app over long periods of time.

COOL: Makes it super-easy to get the latest news based on events, topics, and people trending up around the world.

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Read all of my Apple iPad and Google Android application reviews at Appolicious and Yahoo! Tech.

It seems every new source has its own “reader” for tablets and smart phones these days. If you’re a diehard reader of the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, or Wired, there’s an app for that.

Enter Skygrid.

Billing itself as a news aggregator, this popular (and much-used on my part) iPad and iPhone app is now available to Android users. With a few finger presses, you can easily tap into featured trending news stories focusing on the very latest events, topics, and people. Content comes from dozens of sources, including mainstream news outlets (newspapers, TV stations, etc.), top blogs, and even social media sites.

The most compelling features of this easy-to-use news app revolve around its ability to filter incoming streams by topic area (think tech, mobile, politics, business, celebrity, football, etc.) and a standalone area where you can add your very own custom streams. If something is trending around the world, you’ll find it in Skygrid.

Like what you see? Share it right to Facebook and Twitter with one finger press. The newest version sports beefed up retrieval speeds, one-tap searches, and more.

It all adds up to a must-have, custom news app for all news and topical research hounds who take their Android device with them on the go.

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