4 iOS, Android Apps to Discover New, Interesting Content
In this age of connected devices, we no longer search for new content; we expect it to come to us. Therefore, we spend more time on our Twitter timelines, Facebook news feeds, and the Reddit front page. If you desire novel and intriguing reading material or sources of inspiration for your next design project or app, the following apps will assist you.
1. Flyne: The Offline Reader For Android
Flyne (Free) is an Android app that I would consider beautiful. It looks great on both budget phones like Moto E and flagship phones like Galaxy S5 with a full HD display.
Flyne is a free app that sources content from various websites and Twitter accounts, presenting them to you in different categories. You can subscribe to topics of interest, and your feed will populate with relevant content.
Flyne is also a “minimal” reader, meaning it displays content in the same format as an RSS feed or what you find in Pocket. The articles are stripped of formatting and ads, leaving only one header image and the text.
While the limitation of one image per article can be challenging, especially when reading technical articles, Flyne offers the benefit of offline availability. You can sync the content when connected to Wi-Fi or data, allowing you to continue reading even when offline or on the subway.
Flyne offers paid upgrades to integrate links shared by people you follow on Twitter, making it easier to discover new content. The app also allows you to integrate with RSS via an in-app purchase.
2. Interesting For iPhone
Interesting for iPhone is an app that indexes content in 5 categories. The list is updated every 5 minutes and you can browse Reddit or Dribble in the app.
The subtle use of animations, the beautiful typeface, and the general snappiness of the app make it great for consuming content quickly. The app lets you save links to Pocket (but not Instapaper).
The Design and Technology category is the default view for the app and it’s where I spend most of my time. You can swipe from the left edge to access more categories like Entertainment and TV, News and Politics, Sports, Dribble, and Reddit.
3. The News For iPhone
I’ve been searching for a good app to browse Hacker News for a while. With The News, my search has finally ended.
The News (Free) app presents top links from Hacker News and Designer News in a minimal and attractive interface. If you’ve used mobile Safari to browse Hacker News, you know the experience is not pleasant.
You can log in to both websites separately, swipe right to upvote or downvote content, swipe left to leave a comment, or simply read the linked websites in the built-in browser or share them with various read later services.
4. Medium For iPhone And iPad
If you want unique content, Medium is the perfect place. Their iPhone and iPad app is beautiful.
Medium’s website is already one of the best looking websites on the internet. The elements like fullscreen header images and interplay between typography translate well on iPhone and iPad. Sign up with your Twitter account, follow topics and collections and you’ll have a feed of rich content recommended by Medium’s editors and your friends on Twitter.
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