Sometimes it seems like there are only negative stories in the news, but often it’s just the biggest stories. If you want to stay up to date with everything 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 hide sad or negative stories, and they shouldn’t, you can customize your feed to get a mix of positive, negative, and interesting content aimed at you. You can stay up to date on world affairs, sports, science, and other big topics, as well as more specialized 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 the right one for you.
To download: Flipboard for Android | iOS (Free)
To download: Google News for Android | iOS (Free)
Since these apps are frequently updated, the user interface of both is easy to navigate and overall an enjoyable experience.
If you love the feel of flipping through a magazine, you’ll love Flipboard. This is exactly how the app was designed to feel. You are not required to create an account, but it is recommended that you personalize your experience and organize and share news with your friends and family.
To get started with a personalized feed, Flipboard offers you to choose at least three topics to follow when you’re new to the app. Getting around the app is quite intuitive and you get a mini tutorial at the start. You choose a news page to start with, flip the page by swiping up on the screen, then tap on an article once you’ve found an interesting one.
For anyone familiar with the interface of Google’s many other mobile apps, it will be easy to learn how to use Google News. If you already have a Google Account, you don’t need to create a new one to use Google News. Simply choose the Google account you want to be associated with and sign in.
The Google News user interface is best described as minimalist. Just like other Google apps, it’s clean, streamlined, and easy to find everything you need, even if it’s your first time opening the app.
Browse the news
Each app has a different way of organizing the top stories and your custom 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 will be greeted by the For you tab with personalized stories based on the topics you follow. You can customize this later, but initially you’ll see a few different tabs you can switch between: Daily edition, Choices of the dayand What is your passion?. As you switch between tabs, you’ll see a variety of fair and balanced news to browse.
Skip to Next , you’ll see all the hashtags you’re currently following. Tapping on one of these squares opens a curated collection of the most recent posts that have been posted with that hashtag.
Or, if you just feel like browsing the app to find new people or websites to follow, you can tap the search icon at the bottom of the screen. This directs you to the Explore tab where you can browse articles by category, like Technology and science, Sports, Living, Musicetc
The For you The Google News app tab shows the local date and weather at the top of the screen, then personalized stories below. This screen is divided into Top stories, Local Newsand Selections for youwith relevant articles under each section title.
Skip to Securities tab, you can see the most recent stories in your country and around the world. These stories are filtered by categories, including Company, Technology, Entertainment, Sports, Scienceand Health. These stories are not affected by any of your personal news preferences in the app.
On the Next tab, you will see Topics, Sources, Localand Recorded stories. Everything you see on this tab was added by you. You can tap any icon on this screen to view articles specifically related to that topic or source, like “Board Games” or “The New York Times.”
Then on the Newsstand tab, you can find new sources to follow and add to your curated list of news you see every day.
You can easily share any story you come across on both Flipboard and Google News, but Flipboard might be the best choice if you frequently share stories with a certain group of people.
Flipboard is a much more social app than Google News. You can create unique magazines for specific groups of friends or family members. This is great if you want to share gaming stories with friends and local news stories with family. Or, you can also just share your profile on Flipboard, then people can follow the magazines that interest them.
To share an entire magazine, you must first open it, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, and then tap To share. Or, if you want to share your entire profile, go to the Profile tab at the bottom of the screen, tap the share icon at the top, then send it!
You can share an article in Google News without opening it by tapping the three vertical dots next to the article title and choosing To share. Or, if you open the article to read it before sharing it, you’ll see a share icon at the bottom of the screen.
Although you can share an article in virtually any app, Google News prioritizes sharing with people in your contact list, which you can find by searching for a name, phone number, or email address. . One of the other main options you’ll see when trying to share an article is your Facebook News Feed and Facebook Groups.
Unfortunately, you can’t share multiple articles at once from the Google News app. You can copy multiple links and paste them into a personalized message to a friend, but you can’t share an entire magazine with people like you can in Flipboard.
Save articles for later
Both apps have an aesthetically pleasing way of showcasing stories you’ve saved to read later, but Google News might have a slight advantage here.
To mark articles for reading later on Flipboard, you must first create a magazine. You can title it whatever you want, like “Read Later” or “Saved Articles.” Then, when you come across an article that you don’t have time to read at that time, you can press the + on the gray bar at the top of the screen and select your newly created magazine.
When you find the time to read the stories you’ve saved, you need to go to your profile and open the magazine you’ve put stories in. You can skip from one story to another, then delete them from your magazine once you’ve read them.
It’s a little easier to find and read stories you’ve saved for later on the Google News app, especially if you’re already familiar with the interface of many other Google apps.
When you tap on a story you are interested in, you can tap the save icon at the bottom of the screen, and it will automatically be added to your Recorded stories. If you don’t want to open the article, you can tap the three vertical dots and then choose save for later.
To find your saved items, go to the Next tab at the bottom of the app. Scroll until you see Recorded stories. You’ll see the latest stories you’ve saved first, but you can also scroll down and tap View and manage all to see larger post cards with all your saved posts.
Google News seems to have an easier way of organizing articles you want to read later, so if you frequently bookmark articles, this might be the best mobile news app for you.
Which mobile news app is the best?
Unless you’re drawn to the flipping mechanism of the Flipboard app or want to share articles en masse with family and friends, I’d go for the Google News app. The user interface is simpler, Google organizes 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 slightly better.