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Mashable is sort of the middle ground for breaking stories and Internet memes: it includes metrics so that the most popular stuff gets to the top, but the formatting and content are friendly enough to appeal to a wider group of users than, say, Reddit. Now there's an official app available in the Play Store. Samsung seems to have secured an exclusive for the launch.

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At the moment the description says that you'll need a Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, or any of the new Galaxy Tab 3 models to download and use the app. (The splash screen proudly displays "Presented By Samsung Galaxy S4.") Strangely, I was able to download and install it to two Motorola phones right from the Play Store. Both are running CyanogenMod ROMs, so take that for what it's worth. The description says that a "full public launch" is set for next week.

The Mashable app itself mirrors the design of the site, or at least the primary column. Stories are rated by social shares, with a rising score assigned to each one based on the source content. The tabs are split into Hot, Rising, and New stories, and the hamburger icon pops open a search bar and a list of categories. Once you finish reading a story, new items from the front page will populate as you scroll down, making for an easy continuous read. Notifications for quickly-rising stories keep you in the know. Comments for each story are handled in a separate window.

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Though Mashable brands itself as a news site focusing on the web and social networks, there's a tendency for more entertainment and oddball news to float to the top - at the moment a story about zombified Disney Princesses is hanging out on the front page. Sometimes it succumbs to another bad Reddit habit: older content can make the rounds several times at long intervals.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Edward Germanotta

    A Mashable app is gonna make me buy an S4... Yeah right...

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

      Obviously, it's a limited test pool of devices. They're launching for other devices next week. No conspiracy here.

      • Neto Cavalcanti

        Wednesday to be exact. So said a team member in the comments of the post on Mashable.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      It's not like people actually need more reasons to buy an S4...

  • Tomen8r

    I went to play store to try. I have a 10" tab with CyanogenMod 10.2, stock S3 and stock Nexus7 2013 I wanted to try it on. I was only able to download to my S3. Weird. Thought CyanogenMod would get me tablet download.

  • jmlares

    I was able to download it on my Huawei Fusion 2 the other day. LOL. It was kinda weird because it did say it was exclusive to Samsung devices and my device is still marked as a Huawei. Anyway, the app is awesome. There's a little bit of lag, but I'll get better I bet. It doesn't follow guidelines, but the navigation is sweet.

    And it shows up as incompatible with my S2 Skyrocket. What?!

  • Jose Arce

    Do people still frequent Gawker sites? Ugh...

    • Leahelm

      Mashable isn't part of Gawker as far as I know

      • Jose Arce

        Yeah it isn't, my mistake :)

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

      Lifehacker is pretty great. I so dislike their commenting system though.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I too love me some Lifehacker (and Eric Ravenscraft is one of their regulars now) and I check io9 every day. But the rest can go hang, especially Gizmodo and a certain editor who shall remain nameless. The name rhymes with Beezus Guy-Ass.

  • WHO?

    Wierd thing i havent been alerted one time for any stories.

  • Sid

    They always have biased opinion for apple. I hate them.