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Love cars? Automobile Magazine's app for Android delivers a straightforward fuel-injection of your favorite crave. There's nothing surprising or fancy going on, but it's a full tank of the latest car news that you can carry with you anywhere.
The app launches into a strange-looking main screen. Not sure what the image is really supposed to be. The gear shift of a car? A dashboard spin knob? No matter, it works perfectly well by providing a list of options to tap. "Driven" — showing the latest auto reviews of cars that were road tested by Automobile Magazine staff. "Rumors" — the latest buzz about the industry and individual makes and models. "Features" — long-form stories from the mag. "Videos" — jumps to YouTube for filmed car reviews or other news. "Photos" — pops to AM's website for galleries of pix. And, "Subscribe," which also goes to AM's website to sign up for delivery.
As you've seen me write about other apps, in some ways using this AM app proves better than browsing its website. Flicking through and drilling down into stories is much faster using your finger rather than a mouse. I don't love the fact that "Videos" dumps you out to YouTube, or "Photos" throws you to AM's website through a browser, but the experience isn't too annoying.
Once reading an article, settings allows you to quickly tap to the next or previous article or share the current one with your social network.
All in all, car news matches professional sports for harmless distracting fun. Check out Automobile Magazine News.