The 10 Best News Aggregators of 2019

News aggregators are apps that collects content from various sources and presents them in one location for easy viewing. Millions of people use them on a daily basis to catch up on what’s happening in the world, and their popularity has caused an influx of apps all vying for your attention. But, which ones are worth your time? Here are ten of the best news aggregator apps you should check out.


01. Pocket: Best for Saving Your Favorite News Articles

Pocket is a great way to bookmark and manage a list of internet articles you want to read later, but did you know it’s also a good place to find stories as well? All you have to do is select the Recommended or Explore links to find a variety of trending articles on the Pocket network.

Recommendations are partly based on previous articles you’ve saved, so there’s a good chance you’ll find something matching your interests. Pocket is available for mobile and web browsers and is integrated into over 500 applications, which makes it simple to save and share your favorite stories.

02.Flipboard: Prettiest News Aggregator

Flipboard is a popular news aggregator known for its lovely magazine-style layout. Available via web browsers or on iOS and Android, it takes content from news sources and social media, presents it as a personalized digital magazine, and lets users “flip” through it; users can select a variety of interesting topics.

Flipboard claims to offer a “curated experience with a plurality of voices,” meaning odds are good you’re going to find something worth reading every time you open the app.

03.Google News: Best News Aggregator for In-Depth Reporting

Google Reader might be gone, but the technology behemoth still has a popular news aggregator in the form of Google News. Like other apps on this list, it pulls thousands of articles from credible online news organizations, blogs, and magazines, and presents it in a polished format.

Google News gives users the option to set up a personal briefing that updates throughout the day with relevant stories, or users can choose to get full coverage about a topic, including different perspectives, a timeline of key events, and more. Additionally, Google makes it easy to subscribe to newspapers and magazines with a single tap, so you can support the publications you love.

04.Fark: Best News Aggregator With a Sense of Humor

Fark is a good place to find news of a more peculiar variety. Created by Drew Curtis in 1999, community members submit potential news stories to the website on a daily basis and the Fark team chooses around 100 to display on the homepage. Articles are categorized with tags like “Awkward,” “Creepy,” “Ironic,” or “Florida.”

Fark is further broken up over several tabs for Entertainment, Sports, Politics, and more. There’s also a mobile app called Hey! On for iOS. Unfortunately, Android users will have to stick with the mobile version of the website for now.

05. Apple News: Best Beginning Aggregator for Apple Fans

Apple News comes preloaded on every iOS device, so it’s a good place to start if you’re a iPhone or iPad owner looking to catch up on the day’s news. The app features a clean format with beautiful photography, and articles are optimized for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so readers are guaranteed a good reading experience on any device.

Apple News offers a big selection of news organizations and indie publications, and Apple promises it will get better at understanding a user’s interests the more they use it. A daily, curated digest and the ability to save articles for offline viewing round out its list of features.

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06. AP News: Best News Aggregator for No-Nonsense Reporting

While a variety of news outlets have their own mobile apps, AP News is the place to go if, like Sgt. Joe Friday, you’re just looking for the facts. The Associated Press is an independent, nonprofit news cooperative providing content to other outlets; it’s won 52 Pulitzer Prizes since the award was established in 1917.

Although the app isn’t as fancy as some of the others on this list, it’s clean, readable, and full of beautiful photo galleries from the AP’s award-winning photojournalists.

07. Reddit: Social News Aggregator With an Active Community

Yes, Reddit has a reputation for housing some terrible internet content, but there’s good there as well. If you’re looking for a blend of interesting news, memes, and community chat, it’s worth checking out.

You can tailor your news feed by subscribing to various subreddits or contribute your own photos, memes, and stories. Reddit has a pretty engaged community, meaning there’s always something worth reading and/or discussing. Plus, the official app offers some new features like community group chat, a night mode, and more.

08. SmartNews: Best Aggregator for a Balanced Perspective
SmartNews claims to analyze millions of articles every day to deliver the top trending news stories from around the world. It favors discovery over personalization, offering a “both sides” perspective to the latest trending topics.

Users can then choose “channels” — articles grouped by publications or by themes like Politics, Science, or Entertainment — and how often they receive headlines as notifications. The app’s interface is simple, yet colorful and its SmartView mode promises to tune out distractions and improve readability, a good feature for people with slower connections. 

09. Inoreader: Best Aggregator for Foreign Language Articles

Inoreader is an RSS reader with a vibrant community of content curators, a Discovery mode, user-generated subscription bundles, and more. It offers a free plan where people can subscribe to unlimited news feeds and folders and read them on any device. There’s also day and night reading modes, free search and archiving of all your subs, and the ability to save articles to third-party tools like Dropbox or Evernote. The upgraded Pro plan is paid for and includes push notifications, offline mode, article translation, and more.

Feedly: Best News Aggregator With Cloud Sync

Feedly rose in popularity following the demise of Google Reader (R.I.P.). It’s available for browsers, iOS, and Android and it lets you subscribe to content feeds from websites covering a wide range of topics from sports to politics to entertainment. It has multiple layout options, tagging, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

A new mute filters feature lets you fine-tune your feeds by hiding unwanted topics or keywords. Best of all, its cloud-syncing feature lets you save and read articles across devices or share them on social media, so you’ll never be Without something to read whether you’re at home or on-the-go. 

OMG! Gmail Turns 15-My tryst with the intrusive behemoth

There was Yahoo, there was Hotmail and somewhere along the way in 2004 came Gmail. It used to be by invite and I don’t quite remember who sent me one. But I started using Gmail in July 2004 (most Indians it seems missed Q1 invites or it took time getting to us ‘Bangalored’ folks) — and initially the lure was the 1 GB storage and to get my name as is as the email id and not have to add digits, invert it, et al. And I managed to get the handle I wanted (and I must thank my parents for choosing my name — all the mail accounts I’ve ever had have been @prasadsanyal).


I had a Hotmail account and one from Yahoo but little-by-little, Gmail displaced these incumbents. Little wonder that if Luddites like me could be easily won over, Gmail today has over 1.5 billion monthly active users — that’s one in five of the world’s total population.

Over the years, the mail client has become by default login for various other apps and products and, I have inadvertently contributed to letting Google in on all aspects of my life. A small example of that would be how my android phone wakes me up with a reminder when I have a flight via the Google calendar, wants to know if I want to book a cab to the airport and Google Maps tell me the best route — Google seems to track my every move. Intrusive? Definitely but when I was slowly giving up my privacy to be targeted specifically for ads, and AI was influencing my behaviour, I never thought that with a simple mail account, things would come to such a pass.

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As the machine learnt how to read me better, I learnt what not to tell it — but somehow, it seems almost all is lost and in the dozen years that I was carefree with my information, the algorithm improved manifold. Sometimes I feel Google knows me better than my self and is able to predict my behaviour better than my long-suffering wife of 13 years. (Perhaps, I shall give Rashi my Google password, seeing that AI tracks me better than HI aka Human Intelligence — that way she’ll at least know what I’m upto! )

From the time Gmail was launched, Google has built the Chrome browser, which was launched by Sundar Pichai and the Android phones (9 in 10 smartphones worldwide are powered by Android and Chrome has replaced Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the world’s most preferred browser) — and Google has become a verb in the English language. What do you do when you want to know something? You Google it…

I was encouraged, almost incentivised to use my Gmail id as a login — the process was so simple and intuitive that I saw no reason not to. That was then. Now when I browse through sites, I’m mortified to make simple queries like ‘how much does this cost?’. Google will bombard you with suggestions to buy a product even if you so much as linger on an ad for a bit longer than usual.

Then there is YouTube, almost a default setting for videos — mostly free — and in this not paying for services, (for storage Gmail now offers 15GB free storage with each account) that bit-by-bit we have surrendered our privacy and freedom to this intrusive behemoth. So don’t bother about government surveillance or ‘the big brother in the sky’ — Google trumps all and we have given out this information on a platter just to get free mail, music and some such.