The best Android news apps of 2013

There are a lot of apps out there in the world of Android – no less than 700,000 of them, in fact. So searching through that lot, trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, can be a pretty thankless task.

Luckily, ITProPortal is here to provide a helping hand with our series of articles in which we're rounding up the top Android apps in various categories.

This is the second article in the series, and if you missed the first one yesterday, take a look here: The best Android utility apps of 2013.

This time, we have a selection of top notch news apps for your delectation. From the likes of Pulse to Flipboard, and the trusty BBC News app, here are the best pieces of software which can help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world.

All of these apps are free, incidentally, so your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief, which is always nice.

BaconReader delivers an appealing, Android-only interface for checking and participating in Reddit, the popular social news site. It includes features like subreddit grouping, keyword filtering, and direct photo uploads.

It also boasts a complete tutorial guide to Reddit, and of course, it has a very tasty name to boot.

Any Radio 1 fans out there? Have you started listening again since Moyles left the Breakfast show (or indeed did you switch off then)? Anyway, the Beeb is perhaps my all-time favourite general news source. Its mobile app doesn't disappoint, letting you watch video reports, listen to live radio, clip articles for offline reading, and read the latest updates on the fly. Cracking stuff.

For news from a Stateside source, try CNN. Regardless of your take on CNN's editorial content, they do know how to deliver news on a mobile device. This app’s Android UI is intuitive and buttery smooth, serving the latest stories by category, and it boasts embedded videos and plenty of sharing options.

Flipboard, the popular and excellent social reading app made famous on the iOS platform, is now on Android smartphones, losing very little in translation. Flipboard aggregates web content, from news clips to videos, in a clean, gorgeous magazine-style layout.

Pulse is everyone's favourite news reader. You can aggregate your favourite publications on one clean, snappy, gorgeous interface. Pulse also makes it easy to share articles, sync for offline reading, or simply scan quickly for headlines, Twitter-style.

Pocket, formerly Read It Later, lets you take the articles, videos, and pictures you come across on the web and save them offline for reading later. With tight integration through services like Twitter and web apps for Chrome and Firefox, Pocket is your virtual pocket for all the wondrous baubles of the Internet.

Ever open your browser with nowhere to go? StumbleUpon feeds you new web content with a single tap. It's the mobile version of the tremendously popular web application of the same name. You can follow people and brands, and select from over 500 interests to make your "random" content more relevant. We reviewed the iOS version of the app here, incidentally, if you’re interested (it scored 4 out of 5 stars).