Fresh from the mind of the creator of Falcon Pro is the newly released Flyne a offline news reader for android. This application takes on the wide assortment of news readers available for android but with one interesting twist once refreshed you data connection isn’t required to read the content. Meanwhile this is most likely this is not the first application of its type but it definitely stands out as the as one of the more elegant ones.
Adding content is quite simple out of the box since they provide a curated list of news sources in their Popular Feeds list in addition to the support of Twitter and Feedly. Now the support of Twitter and Feedly will set you back $1.03 CAD or $0.99 USD for a Premium upgrade In-App Purchase which may upset some.
The Reading of feeds once you add some sources (possibly upgrade to premium) is quite simple and gesture based in addition to the classic android hamburger menu on left. Swiping in from left or clicking on the 3 lines (hamburger) button brings up the feed list and swiping in from the right brings up the article list. Swiping left or right in the content area goes to next article or back to previous article.
The application has rather basic but decent Settings under the menu icon on the right as well. When it syncs or how much to sync is under the Sync and Cache settings and you enable night mode or resize the text under Display settings. I’m sure as the app develops over time more settings will be added but thats not a bad start for a new application.
Overall this is a great start for a new app release but there is one thing that i’d say it needs. The Feedly support seems to be import only not sync and that could be a show stopper for many users but since this is a beta there is a chance it may be added.
If you are looking for a new news reader for your android device check out Flyne.
This is the semi-return of my mini digest form of post… I couldn’t let this news from Google go without post on it.
1. Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
We’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of “beta” software as not being yet ready for prime time.
Ever since we launched the Google Apps suite for businesses two years ago, it’s had a service level agreement, 24/7 support, and has met or exceeded all the other standards of non-beta software. More than 1.75 million companies around the world run their business on Google Apps, including Google. We’ve come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn’t fit for large enterprises that aren’t keen to run their business on software that sounds like it’s still in the trial phase. So we’ve focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.
The bookmark manager stil exibits the same issues as the prvious versions… the issue is where sometimes titles are not imported right from firefox exported bookmarks.html. Bookmarks access is a pain for those who choose to hide the bookmarks bar due to the auto hide menu bar (Which you can set to always show). And if you hide the bookmarks bar you loose access to the Bookmarks and Top Sites buttons.
Over all it is a good browser but is not enough to get me to switch from my Chrome knock off Firefox setup. For those looking to try another browser you can check it out at apples site (http://www.apple.com/safari/).