APP OF THE DAY: Pulse (Android)

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Google’s Reader app may be the RSS manager of choice when it comes to Android handsets thanks to its clean and simple interface, but if you’re looking for a snazzier way to browse your news stories then you simply must give Pulse a try.

A tile-based interface (much like the one seen with the Flipboard iPad app) pulls imagery and headlines into horizontally scrolling bars, making for a far more visually engaging RSS browsing experience.

As well as offering recommendations, the Pulse reader app also lets you import feeds from your Google Reader accounts, as well as pulling in links that your pals have shared on their Facebook walls.

The social network integration goes further still, allowing you to post stories straight to Facebook and Twitter with a single push from within a story, or to any number of other connected apps such as WordPress or Evernote should you have them installed on your handset too.

Right now you’re limited to 25 feeds, which isn’t all that many, but Pulse developers Alphonso Labs promise to allow more in the future. The only other thing they need to add is the ability to group feeds into categories and it’d rival Google Reader as my go-to Android RSS app.

It’s slick, tidy, and best of all free. If you’re into reading your blog and news sources on the go, you’ve got no excuse but to install Pulse.

Grab it from the Android Market at no charge by clicking here, and scroll down for some shots of the app in action.

(Android apps are reviewed using a HTC Desire HD – grab one here from Three)

Gerald Lynch