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Android app Top Gear: News hits the road

by Ian Black

You probably won’t ever own a $300,000 European sports sedan, but you can watch a British dude drive one — and share his joy — with the Top Gear: News app. The BBC hit show Top Gear delivers video clips and articles of high-end car news, reviews and test drives. The content is a hoot and a guaranteed good time for auto enthusiasts. It’s called Top Gear for a reason.

The user experience feels straightforward. Tabs across the top categorize the latest news on the auto industry: “Show” for video clips from episodes, “Clips” for behind-the-scenes and never-aired commentary from the hosts, “Reviews” for articles on new models, “More” for links to Top Gear social channels and their store.

The best thing about the show and the app are the irreverent hosts: They clearly have fun — in their dry British way — driving these fantasy rides, and the feelings become contagious as you watch the videos or read the articles.

Problems? Yes, the app comes across as a 1.0 release. Some elements meant to be hyperlinks don’t automatically open the browser, and clicking on a photo gallery doesn’t always display images. Still, the content remains worth your time and energy.

Perhaps best of all, you can view the app’s content offline, even while trapped in a subway train two stories below ground.

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