The tablet form factor is a bit of an anomaly. Do you really need a tablet between your smartphone and your computer? There are a handful of times when the tablet is a better form factor than a laptop and one of those is when reading. RSS feeds and eBooks are great on a tablet and while there are a handful of RSS readers in App World, it’s cool to see the BlackBerry News app in there as well. With the News app, a user can consolidate and access all of their RSS feeds within one app on the BlackBerry PlayBook. New feeds can be easily added by browsing the content library, or searching for specific keywords or URLs.
The app also comes with pre-populated feeds from top news sites providing instant access to popular content from multiple providers on a variety of topics. Categories include: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Health & Lifestyle, News Headlines, Science & the Environment, Technology, and Travel.
The BlackBerry News app for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has been optimized for the PlayBook, and leverages the tablet’s gesture-based navigation including:
- Touching the “News Library” button feeds to easily find and add new feeds
- Using the BlackBerry PlayBook bezel drop-down gesture from the “My News” home screen pulls up the options menu to update content, or edit and delete any subscriptions
- Selecting a subscription provides an abbreviated summary view of articles within that news feed, allowing for quick scanning of content
- Swiping left on the tablet screen turns the page
The BlackBerry News Feed app is free and lets you sync everything based on your BlackBerry ID. Currently, the app is available in the US and Canada, and is available in App World at this link.