Apr 20, 2012
PressReader, the app for reading thousands of newspapers and magazines, has released a major new update for Android. Version 4.0 brings thousands of newspapers to Android devices with full support for both tablets and phones alike.
The update brings two key new features to the app. First, there’s a brand new rendering engine at work. It’s become easier than ever to browse around the thousands of publications available in the app. Newspaper scrolling is smooth, and the layouts give the app the feel of reading actual newspapers, something that online publications lose the feel of because of their layouts.
The app also has a new interface where pages can be horizontally swiped through. Entitled SmartFlow, this is designed to make reading newspaper articles a smarter, more digital-friendly experience. Stories are still laid out in similar ways as they are on the publication pages themselves, and the ability to read the first parts of stories is there, but it is all in a consistent, digital-friendly format with changing font size for the reader’s comfort. The app still makes it possible to tap on some headlines in order to read them in a text view, instead of on the page itself. Articles can also be read back through text to speech software, that works rather well with different inflections for quotations versus in-line text. This makes it possible to keep track of a story while driving or on a commute, checking email, though it could take days to listen to a single issue of a newspaper at that rate.
It’s also possible to get the latest issues of publications automatically delivered to the device in the background. The app comes with a free 24-hour trial, and there’s a special $5.99/month introductory offer, with the regular price for access to all the publications going for $29.99/month. The update is available now.