Many phones offer some form of news aggregator feed to the left of your home screen, whether itâ€™s an Android staple like Google Discover or brand-specific tools like the OnePlus Shelf or Samsung Free. Itâ€™s a quick way to catch up on the dayâ€™s events without installing news apps or hunting for stories on the web.
It hasnâ€™t always been clear which of these news aggregator features get the most use, though. You wonâ€™t necessarily check for the latest happenings just because the option is available on your phone. As such, weâ€™re turning to you to get answers. Which news feed do you use on your device, if you use one at all?
Itâ€™s easy to see why you might use one. News can be overwhelming, particularly in 2020, and an aggregator can help you digest the most important stories at a glance. They also tend to offer news from a range of sources, so you may get a more complete view than you would if you only visited a favorite news outlet. And thereâ€™s little doubt that time is valuable â€” if you only have a spare minute, even a brief peek at the news is better than nothing.
We wouldnâ€™t blame you for avoiding news aggregators, mind you. They can add bloat to your home screen layout, and might pick stories you donâ€™t care to read even after youâ€™ve set preferences. For that matter, they can also encourage a superficial understanding of the news. There might not be much need to use a feed if youâ€™re already planning to read long-form stories.
Feel free to elaborate on your news aggregator choice in the comments. Weâ€™ll let you know which one led the pack.