webOS News is a news feed gather application releases by SpinBytes, Inc.
“webOS News gathers content from the leading webOS news feeds and blogs and brings it all to you in an elegant and organized way. You can even see a section for each of the major competitor platforms. Scan through the latest headlines or view each article in full screen.”
This application allows your to view news feeds on webOS and the competition. For those of us who are still very interested in webOS information this application pulls from some of the best sources around – including PreCentral (webOSnation), webOSroundup and an excellent review site 😉
The articles are pulled direct from the RSS / XML feeds of the website, so as soon as an article is live it is available in the application to read. The application pulls back the last nine articles for each site.
Articles are viewed within the application, this does mean that the article is not full screen, so may not look as good as within the browser, but generally most sites look fine.
Once viewing an article you can select to share via email, sms, print, or open the original article in the browser.
It is a shame that you are not able to modify the list of feeds the application pulls from, as I have little interest in RIM and would like to added another webOS site, but that would really undermines what the application is doing by giving you the news without you having to think about the source, especially as several webOS websites have come and gone over the last few months.
The user interface is very good and easy to get the hang of, making it simply to browse and select an article.
On the upside:
- Clean and clear interface.
- The three column view is used nicely to move back to the feeds after viewing the article.
- They have selected some of the best news feeds around for you.
On the downside:
- Sometimes has issues showing images, but this may be due to the feeds that are used.
- Sometimes will fail to load a feed and you need to close and re-open the application to see it again.
- Lacking a little on the preference side.
Overall, this is a great source of webOS news and information all in one place. There is really nothing here that you could not do with your own favorite RSS reader and a little time and effort, but why bother when this application does it all for you and you know it will be kept up to date for you. If you have any interest in webOS information, this application is well worth having.
Size: 3.4 MB
Price (at time of review): Free