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Top apps for news junkies

Sep 17, 2013

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When it comes to keeping up with the latest headlines you have almost as many options as there are headlines. To help you get the news you want the way you want it, we’ve put together a few of our favorite cost-free Android news apps for your favorite mobile devices with ultra multitasking Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors.

BBC News by BBC Worldwide

With audio and video updates, and opt-in breaking news push notifications, it comes as no surprise that the real-time BBC News app rates among the top choices for breaking news and earned a Google Play Editors’ Choice pick. You can also download and share stories with friends, and customize your home screen to be served news that interests you. 

BBC News by BBC Worldwide

Zite by Zite

Zite delivers a personalized, daily magazine to your smartphone after analyzing millions of articles from magazines, newspapers, authors, blogs and videos. Based on your thumbs up or thumbs down ratings of previously delivered articles, Zite learns more about your reading preferences and gets even smarter about the content it hand-picks and delivers to your smartphone.

SkyGrid by SkyGrid

SkyGrid is an efficient and cost-free way to find news that grabs you. Using two technologies built into one app, it sorts through updates, news and video from over one million sources, then filters and updates in real-time based on your interests using a patented algorithm called “Information Velocity.” Then, your news stories are arranged into a visual storyboard for you to select from and read. You can also easily share stories on social with one tap and receive alerts and badges customized to your interests.

SkyGrid by SkyGrid


Sometimes the biggest news comes in 140 characters. With Twitter you’re in the middle of real-time stories, pictures, videos and conversations unfolding across the world one tweet at a time. You can follow your favorite news sources and people of interest and then join in on the conversation with your own headlines, photos and videos.

Twitter by Twitter, Inc.

Bloomberg for Smartphone

Bloomberg for Smartphone by Bloomberg LP reports all things money. It includes the latest business and investment news, market data and personal stock tracking tools for your smartphone to help you stay on top of your finances. You can also access reliable and comprehensive news, plus easy-to-read charts and graphs that highlight important business trends and issues from financial professionals around the world.

Bloomberg for Smartphone by Bloomberg LP

Police Scanner Radio Scanner by BEROBO (Police Scanner Radio)

Listen to live police radio from around the world with Police Scanner Radio by BEROBO. Whether you’re interested in news from the nearest major city or overseas, this app comes in handy when you want to know what’s going on so you can stay out of harms way and help others avoid it too.

Police Scanner Radio Scanner by BEROBO (Police Scanner Radio)

ScoreCenter by ESPN

Get updated scores from games and teams all over the world with Sports Center by ESPN. Personalize scoreboards to show your favorite team stats, and get push notifications with live score alerts and news sent to your phone. You can also share your favorite games and video highlights with friends just in case you want to brag a little more about your team’s victory.

ScoreCenter by ESPN

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Jackie Hade

Staff Writer, Snapdragon Blog