It's not often that I report on an application that might not last for long... News for Symbian was pointed out to the AAS crew only yesterday, yet the developer himself points out in the opening splash screen that it uses an API to Google News that is now deprecated and 'could stop working any time'. Still, it's free and, once configured (see below), works rather brilliantly. Download away!
Here's News for Symbian in action:
Perhaps not a very confidence-inspiring opening! (Right) The default opening view. Very white, very USA-focussed....
Tapping on 'more sources' shows similar stories and all are hyperlinked. (Right) By default, links go to the original web sites, e.g. the BBC site here.
Tapping on the main pick list allows the selection of a dozen or so news categories (you'll be familiar with Google News' set up, hopefully); (Right) here's the main Science/Tech category, for example
Starting to configure News for Symbian - note the AMOLED-friendly dark theme (see below) and the selection of which international version of Google News is needed; (right) the current UK Google News technology headlines
As before, tapping on 'more sources' is the key to scanning coverage; (right) once toggled on (again, see below), links can be set to open in 'Readability', which is far faster to load and easier to read than the original web sources
Here are the two main configuration dialogs, noting specifically choosing the overall theme and Readability selection; (Right) within an edition, you can also set topics/categories that you're interested in and then just rely on the main selected front page to give you a good overview of everything.....