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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by WozzaTT, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member
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    Just interested in what you all use to check up on the news? Currently I just have the BBC News and BBC Sport apps installed which seems to suit me ie a couple of presses for the latest on World News, UK News, Sport, Technology, Entertainment etc etc.

    Are there any better alternatives that you would recommend though such as different apps, widgets, RSS feeds?

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  2. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Android Expert

    HTC news app. You can stick as many feeds as you like into it, and read them all separately or all mixed up together.
  3. rtb35

    rtb35 Android Enthusiast

    +1 for the HTC News widget.
  4. benchmark

    benchmark Well-Known Member

    No need for any extra app, as pointed above the HTC inbuilt news app is better than most on the market, you can insert BBC channels in it too. You might as well save yourself the few MB that the extra apps you are using is consuming.
  5. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member
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    Yes I've used this before but don't find it especially easy to scan through when different feeds are all jumbled up together. How do you read the feeds seperately rather then all mixed up?

    Also, BBC Sport isn't pre-loaded (bizarrely) but when I add the URL it says it's incorrect. But it isn't! Anybody else had this?

  6. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Android Expert

    There's no 'official' BBC news app yet but they are making an Android version now I believe.

    HTC news is quite good and you can add or remove RSS feeds as you wish.

    I also have the Sky News widget (I like this a lot!), and shortcuts to Phandroid, New Sceintist, Android Police, Engadget, The Onion, and TechRadar.
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  7. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member
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    Thanks! Will check out the Sky news widget but I think I read somewhere it drains the battery a lot?
  8. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Android Expert

    You can open the widget and tap Menu > Settings and change the update interval between 30 mins to never (manual update). I think it would only use minimal battery when idle.
  9. Casual Pete

    Casual Pete Android Enthusiast

    I use the bbc news app and thomson reuters news pro app.Both work great and are fine for my needs.;)
  10. Mushhushshu

    Mushhushshu Well-Known Member

    HTC news for RSS, also use world newspapers pro which is pretty awesome when I fancy reading something different or looking for in-depth stuff. I also use google news in the browser.
  11. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Android Expert

    I recently started using Twitter as a news source too and I think it works quite well if you do a little research and follow people who discuss topics you're interested in. For example, I follow Droid_News, 3gadgetsinfo, all of who post daily tweets containing links to news stories from several tech websites.
  12. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member
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    Thanks again - the widgets look great and very speedy too!

    Edit: Even better - Only really need to load the one widget as you can scroll across to Sport or Business News or whatever at the top.

    Certainly the nicest looking and fastest news app I've seen so far.
  13. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member

    I use the HTC news app thats pre-loaded on the phone but no matter how many subscriptions I add to the widget, only one ever appears to load. If I click the widget and actually go into the app then it shows more.

    Is this the way it's supposed to be? Or am I doing something wrong? lol
  14. speedycolzalez

    speedycolzalez Android Enthusiast

    There's an "All stories" selection when you first add the widget :)
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  15. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member

    You don't know how long that has annoyed me for!
  16. snowmobile

    snowmobile Android Enthusiast

    I've given up with the HTC one as it never seemed to update when it was supposed to and the widget moved too fast for me!

    I currently like Buzz Deck and Guardian Anywhere.

    I hope the official BBC news app has a decent widget when it comes out. I have an unofficial one at the moment but the widget hardly ever updates.
  17. Rothermere

    Rothermere Lurker

    I currently have a problem with HTC news (since loading Froyo). It updates fine, but when I click into a story (I have BBC feed only) it loads the relevant BBC website, then almost immediately closes and reverts back to the HTC news item. Quite annoying.

    Anyone else have this problem and/or have a fix they could share?
  18. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Android Expert

    Happens to me, but only on the occasional story. Most of them work fine, but one or two randomly shut off for no good reason.
  19. jay_kay

    jay_kay Android Enthusiast

    Same here but only very occasionally.

    Before the upgrade if I updated mine and then did something else while updating it would not work. Would have to stay in the screen until updated.

    Its much better now.
  20. JohnnyBravo1000

    JohnnyBravo1000 Android Expert

    I currently use the BBC News app. How different is the BBC Sport app? Is it just the Sport Sections which are on the BBC News app?

    I did experiment with the newsfeeds for a while, but I found it quite difficult to find enough that I was interested in.

    Could anybody recommened some decent feeds?


    But I have just discovered that later you can go back into the settings and mysteriously the update interval has been reset back to 1 hour. I also do not have the widget on my screen just the app.

    LOve the content but its killing my battery

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