When Steve Jobs announced the iPad, he demoed Pulse – a super-slick RSS reader designed by some Stanford grads. Although Pulse had a minor hiccup (pulled from the App Store, then reinstated shortly thereafter), it became quite popular – today, the iPhone version has an average rating of 4.5/5 stars.


Rather than simply displaying RSS feeds as lines of text, Pulse grabs thumbnails for each, and lays them out in square boxes that are organized via source and scrollable. The app seems to be incredibly smooth and efficient – just check out the video:

Despite the graphic-heavy nature, scrolling seems to be flawless and controlling the app looks very simple.

Pulse is available now in the Market for $1.99 – and if you’re a regular RSS user on your phone, chances are it’s worth the coin. If anyone makes the purchase, let us know how it is in the comments – this seems like a compelling app.

[Source: TechCrunch]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Matt

    Hmm. These days I find no RSS reader is actually useful unless it syncs with Google Reader. I can't do all my RSS reading on one device, and I can't spend forever flipping past things I've already read.

  • Arkar

    Iphone users need to see pictures in the news, while we android users actually read the text in the News. Maybe I'll give the Pulse a try if they integrate with Google reader.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I agree with both of you that integration with Google Reader is key - I have all my feeds go through GR.