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Flipboard alternatives for social Android news junkies

by Kristen Nicole

Flipboard is now a mainstay on Android devices. However, you have options. Llet’s take a look at some social news alternatives that have already established their presence on Android’s platform.

Google Currents

With their own take on Flipboard, Google Currents meshes blogs, RSS feeds and other web content into a single, magazine-like interface for your Android smartphone or tablet. Google Currents brings in top publications such as Forbes, and mixes it with your favorite blogs and feeds to turn your Google Reader subscriptions into a beautiful layout that’s much more evolved than the feed readers of the web 2.0 era. Every edition is available for offline reading, with sharing options to send content across your social network.


Also designed with beauty in mind, Flipboard takes all of your Google Reader feeds and presents them in a wonderful interface that pulls out top content and lets you browse by folder, publication or keyword search. The result is a highly personalized feed with a professional look and feel, tailored to your interests. Feedly integrates with Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. You can save content to Pocket (formerly Read it Later) and Instapaper for later access, and manage your feeds directly from your mobile account.

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Taptu - DJ Your News

As the app name suggests, Taptu is a personal take on social news that puts you in control of how the news plays out. Add Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other web content to your Taptu reader and access everything in a single stream that looks good and works quite well. Taptu is also focused on content discovery, with the ability to create streams based on keywords and related items based on your existing reading behavior. Android users can also enjoy home screen widgets for Lists, Cards and Stacks, with support for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Share content back out to your social network, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also update your Facebook status directly from this app, and even send out a tweet.

FlipSocial Beta

Still in beta, FlipSocial has set out a clear path to rival Flipboard, with a similar name and a similar goal of formatting social news into a magazine-like interface. You can browse Facebook, Instagram and RSS feeds, making for a rather image-centric take on top social news trends. Also like Flipboard, you can flip through your feed content page-by-page, as FlipSocial has added a page-turning feature to establish a high-end experience.

ChannelCaster: Social News

ChannelCaster is all about customization, enabling a community for news discovery and sharing. The goal is to help you cut through the clutter that’s become so overwhelming in our social networks, looking to users to curate topics of interest to help you better uncover the content you really care about. Pool feeds from Twitter, RSS, YouTube, Flickr and other web content to customize your news reader. You can also access Facebook and Twitter feeds from the ChannelCaster app. The curated content here is also crowd-sourced, making for a social contribution process that grows daily.