App Update: AP Mobile News Network

On October 28, 2008

In order to streamline my RSS feeds process of updates, I have been trying to find a way to separate my tech feeds from my news feeds. Both have grown in number to the point of each being unruly and, when combined, the sheer number of feeds that require updating is tremendous. In recent weeks I have looked at apps such a iNewz, hoping they would allow me to get my news there and leave my RSS feeds for tech updates. Unfortunately, none of the solutions I have found have worked all that well.

Fortunately, one of the original iPhone apps just got a nice update.

Back in July, when the App Store went live, the AP Mobile News Network was immediately available as a free download.

With it you could "Select local news from your trusted local newspapers and broadcasters and combine it with the best of the AP’s videos, photo galleries, and national and international coverage."

Unfortunately, as apps go, it was somewhat feature limited and very slow. That is no longer the case…

The updated app claims to bring "increased speed, responsiveness, and stability". It that it delivers.  This new update is much faster and very responsive!

Moreover, it now provides a feedback bar so you know when content is refreshing, and the improved category slider is far more responsive than the prior version, and is much easier to use. The update also bring video to many of the categories.

All this does come at a cost however – the app now includes advertising. Not ideal, but then again, the app is free.

You can get it HERE in the App Store.