Today there’s more news than ever and more ways to get that news delivered to you. In fact, news gathering and selection has been given into the hands of modern, technologically savvy iPhone and iPad customers (that would be you and me). Here’s another news tool you’ll like.
Flipboard, Meet Summly
When Apple launched the iPhone App Store it didn’t take long for major news organizations to get into the app craze. Every major news organization had an app.
From AP to the TV networks to the New York Times and plenty of traditional print and broadcast media flocked to the App Store.
Then, something happened. Flipboard came along and changed how many of us manage our daily news intake.
On iPad or iPhone it was easier to flip between pages from all sorts of news, information, and entertainment sites without visiting the sites.
News readers now have to option to select which news is displayed on iPhone and iPad. Summly is another app that does what most of these news aggregator apps do.
It lets us select the news we want to view.
Summly is simple to navigate but less than simple to use. If you like using Flipboard because it works almost as an extension of your finger, then Summly will give you calluses.
It’s not that navigating is a problem. Summly doesn’t seem to want to do anything in a hurry; especially downloading and displaying news from your selections.
The idea of simple to navigate news aggregation is good. Summly is on the right track but a wheel or two seem to be flat.
What’s with the reverse scrolling? Why does it still display yesterday’s news?
Why is that crazy animation on screen when you open Summly? Admittedly, Summly has improved from earlier versions. It’s less crash happy, but if I had to describe it to someone who wanted an opinion, I would say buggy with promise.
Summly represents an effort to cash in on the news aggregation craze. Who needs an RSS app to gather news from sites when you can simply flip through everything everywhere with a flick of the finger?
Competition is a good thing. Flipboard needs more competition, especially from an app that can dig up more online sources. And, I don’t fully understand or appreciate the business model here. Flipboard is free (but now has ads). Summly is free but isn’t much competition.