May 31, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Newspaper readership is on a steady decline, but the need for news hasn’t fallen as much as paper sales. Readers have just turned to websites and mobile phones to stay informed. Express News World is an Android app that strives to fill in the gap and keep people aware of current events and breaking news. Stories from over 300 news agencies are funneled into one app that’s fast enough to monitor the pulse of the world.
Express News allows users to filter between categories and sources. Sports junkies can create favorites to focus strictly on athletic stories or even within a particular sport. Similar options are available to those interested in world news, entertainment, politics, and several other categories. I found this to be very useful for getting breaking news that my local paper typically does not cover.
Appropriately tagged a world edition, Express News is global because it has feeds from several regions. Users can get news reports from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and all points in between. The app can also display some menu text in eight languages: English, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
News junkies will find Express News useful for its speed, packaging, and wealth of content. One unfortunate drawback is the absence of Reuters, one of the biggest news agencies in the world. However, there are a number of feeds from the Associated Press, Canadian Press, and other news outlets. To get global news on Android, search for News Express in the Android Market.
- Excellent interface design and accompanying photos when possible
- Limited language support for English, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish
- Ability to customize feeds with category “Favorites”
- View categories by Recently Viewed, Topic, Source, or Language
App: Express News World Edition