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Best Free News Apps for Android Phones and Tablets

Updated on August 9, 2014

Staying informed is essential to being a responsible citizen in an increasingly complex and fast-moving society. Thanks to advances in technology, it is now possible to become informed on the go with mobile phones running the Android system. One can find information about the latest events in the Middle East while riding in a Taxi or check the latest sports scores while dining out with friends. While technology has made it possible, it is necessary to have the right tools for the task. For those who want to stay informed, here are some of the best free news apps for Android phones and tablets.

NBC News
NBC News

The premier free news app for Android phones and tablets.

MSNBC was developed through a partnership between Microsoft and NBC in 1996. Since that time, MSNBC has sought to remain at the forefront of technology in news coverage and user experience. This quest continues with the news app for Android.

The MSNBC app allows users to read the latest news stories or watch the latest television news reports using an innovative "fan interface" which draws its inspiration from the NBC peacock logo. The app also allows one to watch recent episodes of their favorite MSNBC news shows like Hardball, Nightly News, or Meet the Press, and it provides convenient alerts and ways to share the news with others.

USA Today

USA Today is a national daily newspapers in America. It has routinely been among or on the top of all daily newspapers in terms of circulation within the Untied States. The paper is also known for publishing news stories which are easy to follow and read. Their Android app brings all this to people on the go.

The USA Today app comes in two flavors. One version is designed specifically for Android smart phones, and the other is designed to work with any Android device. The phone version of the app has a nice interface sporting the classic colors of the print newspaper. It provides easy and quick access to the latest news stories, sports scores, and weather. The app also allows readers to participate in USA Today polls and to view pictures capturing the news of the day or week.

AP Mobile

AP Mobile
AP Mobile

One of the most trusted news sources.


AP Mobile

Associated Press (AP) is a not-for-profit news agency which is owned by a cooperative of media outlets. Founded in 1846, the agency has become one of the mainstays of American news reporting, and it has been the recipient of many awards throughout the years. Most of the news stories by AP are syndicated or reprinted in newspapers around the world, and AP has also created an Android app for access to their stories.

The AP Mobile app has a reasonably clean interface. It allows users to read the latest AP news stories, view news photos, and check the weather, and it also supports the use of widgets to keep the latest stories easily accessible to Android phone or tablet users. If one is looking for a clean and simple news app without all the bells and whistles, then the AP Mobile app is definitely worth a look.

CBS News

CBS News
CBS News

Great way to access the latest CBS News.


CBS News

CBS News is a division of the Columbia Broadcasting System. It has been a leader in television and radio news for over six decades and produces one of the most well-known news reporting shows, 60 Minutes. They have taken their years of experience in the media industry and converted it into a functional news app.

The CBS News app provides a satisfactory interface which allows one to quickly access the latest stories, videos, and weather from CBS. Aside from that, the app has no frills. There are no sharing or notification features provided. It does provide quick and easy access to the news on the go.


Yahoo! started as a simple directory in the early days of the web. Since that time, the company has expanded its offerings to include a search engine, an email service, a photo service, and much more. It continues as one of the top Internet portals and has translated this experience into an app which includes news.

The Yahoo! app is essentially a web browser for Yahoo! services. It requires a user account to access some of the services like mail, but many of the services including news are accessible without a Yahoo! account. The news component of the app provides straight forward access to recent news across an array of categories. It also allows users to share stories, or even most Yahoo! services, with friends and family. The app should be distinguish from its poorly-rated cousin, the Yahoo! News app.

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      Rajesh Bhuin 2 years ago from India

      There are a lot of great news apps for android phones and tablets. What about NewsStand?

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      What about Drudge and Fox News.......