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Sony's Socialife is an attractive app, but it has thus far only found its way into the hands of a limited number of users. This isn't an indictment of its quality. Rather, it speaks to the app's previous exclusivity. The news reader and social network aggregator has only been available for Xperia phones, tablets, and Sony VAIO PCs. Now it's open to any Android device running Jelly Bean or higher. Here it is running on a Nexus 5.

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Socialife's style fits somewhere between Flipboard's highly animated approach and the subtle transitions found in Google Play Newsstand. The app scales to fit the screen of whichever device you're using, regardless of whether that's a smartphone or PC. Sony's trailer offers a look at how it works.

The app is geared towards casual use, but users have the option to import RSS feeds from all over the web. That, in combination with the excellent price point (free), might just make it worth checking out.

Source: Sony Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Jeremy Miller

    But is the widget (if it has one) any good?

  • ddpacino

    Dammit, it's too many of these apps! Good ones, lol. I just bought Amber/Deer Reader the other day and liking it, but it doesn't seem to update as fast and smoothly as I'd like, and still need to fully understand its nuances. I still use Newsstand daily, Feedly and Press on occasion, and liked Flyne a lot but needs work, imo.

    This sort of reminds me of Flipboard with the social network integration, but I may give this a spin anyway.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Wow, just wondering: how do you deal with so many apps? Do you have all your information sources split into those apps or all the feeds in every app?

      • ddpacino

        All of my feeds are in Feedly and Press, but usage depends. I have two feeds from Press as widgets for my Ravens feeds and my Android feeds. I jump into Newsstand to just browse what's new, and same for Feedly. I do this moreso with Newsstand as it isn't confined to specific feeds I've subscribed to, and I come across some interesting stuff there. Haven't used Amber too much as I haven't figured it out.

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Hmm interesting :) I just use Greader syncing with desktop feedly =P

  • Samvith V Rao

    That video made me cringe!

  • Drifter2410

    "but users have the option to important RSS feeds from" Did you maybe mean import? Not being a troll, I swear. Seriously.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    The one I'm waiting for to arrive on Android is Yahoo News Digest. It's currently only on iOS. in the meantime, Circa is my go to news reader.

  • guy with guts

    Using flipboard currently not perfect. Gonna give this one a chance.

  • Roh_Mish

    installing now.. i use it on my laptop and have seen it on my friend's and mom's mobile and i always wanted it on my phone.

  • hanfiev

    it's called socialife.
    the video show the girl just watching the phone/ pc screen all day.
    how irony.