Choose an application for reading news on android devices: a review of Flipboard, Meduza and the category “Others”, as well as summing up

  1. Table of contents Introduction
  2. Flipboard
  3. Acquaintance
  4. Beginning of work
  5. Settings
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusions on Flipboard

Table of contents

Introduction

Laboratory site Overclockers.ru continues to consider applications news reader on android devices. We have previously studied Mail.Ru News, Vesti and BBC Russia , Anews, Rambler-News and MSN News ".



On the “dessert” we left one of the best news aggregators - Flipboard. It has been downloaded over 100 million times, but is it really that good? And as a second participant will go very modest service called Meduza. He fell in love with a large number of users and is interesting because its core is made up of former employees of the Lenta.ru information resource. RIA Novosti, Lenta.ru, Mass Media2, Google News and Weather, and Chronicle of the Day will be included in the “Others” category.

Well, and then we will summarize all the considered applications on this topic.

Flipboard

Acquaintance

We just could not ignore the most famous news aggregator, specifically leaving it to "dessert". I think no one needs to represent Flipboard. After all, this is the most beautiful program for reading news and entertainment information.

Distinctive features of the application:

  • Collect articles you like in your own magazine. Click the “+” button on any article, select “create journal” and collect your favorite articles, images or videos.
  • Manage all the magazines in a convenient control panel on the page "https://editor.flipboard.com/".
  • Go to your Flipboard to see what is happening now. Use the “Home” button on your phone (or “Top Stories” on the tablets) to see the highlights of everything you read.
  • Enjoy Flipboard in 24 localized titles - Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey , United States, United Kingdom, United States (Latino).
  • On the tablets you can find hundreds of articles selected by the editors in the Content Guide (click the red ribbon at the top), including reading magazines and blogs, great photos and special supervised sections on the news of the day and other topics.
  • Add content from the network to your Flipboard magazines through the bookmarklet on the page “share.flipboard.com”.

Beginning of work



Immediately after the launch of Flipboard, we are offered to choose the categories of news that we want to see in the feed of the application. The list is limited to 18 topics that are quite diverse.

The list is limited to 18 topics that are quite diverse

Then you need to register. You can suffer in the old way with an email address and password, or you can register at once by using a Google, Facebook or Twitter account. This is done in order to store all our settings and data that will be used in the program on the servers.

This is done in order to store all our settings and data that will be used in the program on the servers

Then we get into the application itself - in its main menu. It is presented in the form of a certain magazine, which is very beautifully turned over. On each page is given on the news. Scroll through and choose what to read.

Scroll through and choose what to read

Open your favorite publication and see beautifully designed pages, everything is convenient and good. But not all sources support full-fledged integration into the application, some media just upload their site, and not the mobile version. Here they are inconvenient to read.

The text does not adjust to the screen size, does not transfer when scaled, but you can not even stutter about changing the font size and other functions. Any material you can bookmark yourself, share it and "flip" into his own account. Well, where are no comments? Here they are too.

There are a lot of sources (recall that Flipboard is a news aggregator). But unlike all the others tested applications, there is an emphasis on some entertainment content and secular articles. Information about global catastrophes and crimes you almost never see. For some, plus, but for someone fat minus.

For some, plus, but for someone fat minus

Then in the main menu we go to the next tab. There are all our categories, people, news of which we can read, and our accounts. Then in the main menu we go to the next tab

The next tab is search. In addition to specific questions, you can search for certain topics, in simple words - search by tags in the names. This feature was in the application MSN News from a previous review.

The penultimate tab is responsible for notifications. It is assumed that familiar people will share the news with you. The person marks the news he wants to announce, and you are instantly received such a notification. Thus, you will not need to send this link to the article anywhere, everything will come straight to Flipboard.

Thus, you will not need to send this link to the article anywhere, everything will come straight to Flipboard

But the last tab is our profile. It will display all our actions: articles, magazines, our readers and marked materials.

It will display all our actions: articles, magazines, our readers and marked materials

Flipboard has a widget. It shows various details and by clicking opens the article. You can flip through the news directly from it.

Settings

Flipboard application does not shine settings. We can send marked news for further reading in Instapaper, Pocket and Readability. You can choose a country, then we will see the news sources of the region of residence.

The next item is the size of the text. I was really glad that you can change the font size in the built-in “browser”, but no. Only for the menu. Additionally, you can enable Push notifications, widget updates, hide news sources, as well as protect the application from using the mobile network to save traffic, and clear the cache.

In the advanced settings, you can add status to your profile, support for GIF animation, enable hints and support for full screen.

Testing

The application is made very high quality, not the slightest bugs, freezes and slowdowns are detected, even the animation moves smoothly.

Conclusions on Flipboard

Flipboard is a very beautiful and high-quality news aggregator. But his trouble is that there is very little news that is of interest about catastrophes, accidents and similar situations - practically. One of the reasons for this is that the Russian media is small, and those that are, of an entertaining nature.


The second trouble is the shell for viewing news - it's just the full version of the site. That is, neither the adjustment of the text nor its changes. If it were not for these two factors, there would be no Flipboard price.

Telegram channel @overclockers_news - This is a convenient way to keep track of new materials on the site. With pictures, extended descriptions and no ads.

It has been downloaded over 100 million times, but is it really that good?
Well, where are no comments?