News Republic - A one stop app for all your favourite topics


If you scout for news about your favourite topics on the Internet, here's a one-stop app that collates all the related articles, from all around the web and brings it right in front of your eyes.

A co-passenger on an early morning flight I took recently requested the flight attendant for a newspaper. A few minutes later, the flight attendant returned with an apology stating that they've run out of newspapers. He didn't seem to mind and quickly got his smartphone out and got busy.

I had no intention to veer my eyes into his smartphone but got a glimpse of an app he was using to read news. I asked him for the name of the app and he gave me a mini review of it along with it.

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News Republic is an app that collates all the articles, news, publications that are of interest to you, in one place and shows them up on your screen. As an avid reader, I found this app interesting so quickly downloaded and started using it on my Android.

Features

My favourite topics apart from Psychology and Self-improvement are Current affairs and Technology. This app, upon installation, asked me to select my country and favourite topics before coming up with a host of articles that I couldn't resist reading one after the other.



Apart from articles, News Republic also brings to you images and video news. These are classified under various topics like My Topics, Trending, Top Stories etc. What's more, you can also select your favourite topics to be stored for offline reading without individually selecting the articles. If you find an article useful, you can easily share it on various platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter just by clicking on their respective sharing icons.

I've been using this app for the past few weeks and find it to be very simple, lag free and useful. News and articles that are important to me are not lost in the multitude of news apps out there but are delivered to me under a single platform. I have now uninstalled most of the other buggy news apps like NDTV, Times of India and completely rely on News Republic.

With World Cricket T20 currently running, this app not only gives me details of the matches I've missed, but also brings me the itineraries, dates and fixtures by selecting 'Cricket' as a topic. One of the best features of the app is the ability to rate the article or news by selecting one of the many emoticons associated to it. This also gives the reader an idea on how other people are reacting to the same piece of news from all around the world.

News Republic Emoticons

News Republic's tagline; "Don't let what's important go unseen" fits perfectly here for me.

Other features

Under the hood, this app gives you the ability to Set, Reset all your selected topics, Save for offline reading, and an option that enables "Night Mode". This mode when selected, changes the colour scheme of the app, thereby reducing the amount of white light it gives out. This way you can continue to enjoy reading without disturbing the person next to you. The night-mode also saves on a considerable amount of battery life of your smartphone by the way.

Ad-Free

This app displays ads (minimal) to its readers to keep itself running. However, if you decide to subscribe to it, you get to enjoy an ad-free reading experience. The subscription charges currently are INR 190 per year.

Data

If you are concerned about the amount of data this app would consume, you'd be happy to note that it lets you specify in Settings to disable images/videos when connected with mobile data. This feature helps you reduce data usage on a mobile network.

Offline Reading

In my experience with this app so far, I get the luxury of two options for offline reading.

Case #1: While browsing generally through all the available articles, if I find an article that I'd like to read later, all I need to do is open the article and select the option "save for offline". This would save the entire article on your phone and you'd be able to read it without any internet connection whenever you want to.

Case #2: If I know I'll be needing this app in a few hours/minutes where I won't have an internet connection (while going on a flight etc), all I need to do is open this app and let it update all the stories currently available. After it updates, I can safely close the app and open it later without a data connection. All the articles that were updated by News Republic would be available for me to read albeit without the images and video. This option suits me better personally and I make use of it regularly.

News updates

As I'm writing this article, I have the News Republic app open on my Android and it is constantly providing me with new stories after every few minutes. This is pretty much similar to how Facebook and Quora update their content.

Overall

Overall, I find this app very useful and would recommend it to everyone who likes to stay updated with whats happening in the world. If you decide to give it a try, you'll be able to find it for both Android and iOS platforms on their respective app stores.

Here are direct links to them:

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobilesrepublic.appy
Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id392616461

If you have a Samsung Gear smartwatch, you can download a Gear specific app from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobilesrepublic.appygear

I hope this article was useful to you, please feel free to reply in the comments section below.


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