The Guardian is one of the most popular daily newspapers printed in Britain and its web portal, Guardian.co.uk, is also a leading online newspaper, containing nearly all the articles of its parent as well as significant original content. Unlike other web portals of printed publications such as the New York Times and the Economist, all the articles on Guardian.co.uk are freely accessible. To continue ensuring it remains the leading publication in all formats, Guardian has launched an Android app delivering all the latest content from Guardian.co.uk to Android phones and tablets.

The app is very similar to the Economist and New York Times Android apps, with plenty of content culled from various sources as well as images, videos and audio extracts. The app allows users to "read today's news, sport, comment and reviews, watch video, listen to podcasts and browse stunning picture galleries while on the move", even where there is no internet connection.


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A list of the features:

  • navigation by section, topic or contributor
  • downloadable content for offline reading (downloads for offline reading can also be scheduled)
  • access to Guardian's award-winning audio and video content as well as its stunning full-screen picture galleries
  • articles and galleries are shareable using the Android share menu
  • the ability to view content in either portrait or landscape modes
  • the option to save a list containing favourite contributors, topics and sections, this can then be added to the homescreen for easy access

It is interesting that the Guardian Media Group, the parent company of The Guardian, have decided to launch a dedicated Android app since a content API already exists, making most of the newspaper's content freely available. However, this new app looks polished and should enable Guardian to place a firm foot in the mobile app market.

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Mesmorino

    The Guardian (or it's readers) is Leftist? What is Leftist, and how is the Guardian it?

    Anyway, gonna try the app now. I fux with the Beeb but their app is a mean battery hog

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      Leftist is a broad term for a type of political ideology that is socialist in nature. I'm paraphrasing a lot here, but that's the gist of it. Historically, the Guardain has been more supportive of the leftist parties and their policies.

  • TDK128

    Looks like someone's trollin'...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I don't read The Guardian, but according to Wikipedia, the paper is leftist/center-leftist. The page has many references to "left."


      • What

        If the Guardian is leftist, then Fox News (Sky News) is downright Fascist.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

    Leftist like the New York Times?

  • Geri O

    Yes, just like the NYT.

    • What

      Actually, the left in other countries is far to the left of the New York Times. If anything, the New York Times is closer to the Conservatives abroad. In the US, our center-left is more like a right of center ideology in the rest of the world. This of course means that the right in our country is faaaaaaaar to the right of anyone else, it's really almost fascist in their fascination with its misguided "patriotism (the US can do no wrong), corporate welfare (tax cuts for the rich or you're a socialist)."

  • Chris Welch

    It's the best newspaper in the country by quite a long way. Admittedly all bar one of the others are AWFUL.

  • Simon Brunning

    Leftist? You Americans are so quaint.

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      From Singapore, but worked/study in England for a few years. :)

  • s george

    It's a liberal paper,not 'leftist'

    • Alan

      Not sure Liberal its correct. It lands towards supporting socialism such as the Labour party , ie Tony Blair rather than the Conservative party, The Telegraph or The Times or The Daily Mail would be more inclined to support the conservatives

      • Matt

        That would be Tony Blair the God Father to Murdoch's child. The same Murdoch who owns Fox News. Tony Blair is the sort of person you might invent to describe what a socialist isn't.

        The Labour Party has not even pretended to be a socialist party for the last 20 years. George is correct the guardian is a liberal paper that occasionally has some good stuff stuff but is often pretty turgidly middle ground.

  • Karmichael

    So does this mean Android Police is now becoming a right wing site? Maybe you should change your name to Android Fascist Police State?