Sony is finally offering its Social Life news aggregator app to all Android handsets starting today. The app was released back in 2012 and was limited to Sony’s Xperia Lineup. Now that the app is open for all, any Android user who would like to try out this app can do so by downloading it from the Google Play store.
Social Life news works a lot like other news apps in the market, and collects news feed from a variety of sources. While traditional news apps rely on the user’s RSS feeds or subscribed websites, Social Life offers something more than this function. It allows users to add even Facebook news feed, Twitter feeds and YouTube videos directly into the app. These posts will show right alongside the normal news that a user may have subscribed.
The user will also get the option to choose from a variety of feeds already available. Sony claims that the app gets over 2,000 feeds from over 250 websites including famous ones like Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, NPR, AOL, Huffington Post, Mashable, The Verge, SB Nation, TechCrunch and Gizmodo.
While these features are found on most news aggregator apps these days, Sony’s Social Life also acts as an online service which syncs the users’ data across all platforms. For example, the app can send news directly to the user’s Windows 8 PC, provided he or she has downloaded and installed the Social Life app on the computer. A user can even add the app as a widget to view the news directly from the home screen.
According to Sony’s announcement, Social Life has over 13 million downloads till date. Given that it was restricted to Xperia smartphones until now, this figure is expected to be a lot higher by the end of the year.
While the app is available to download for Android handsets from today, it is only compatible on phones which are running Android 4.1 Jellybean or above. Also, as of now, Social Life is available only for Android Smartphones and not for tablets. Currently Xperia Z series tablets are the only ones that support Social Life but it’s expected that an update will bring compatibility to all tablets in the near future.
Sony also adds that Social Life will contain all the news from FIFA World Cup 2014, including pictures of players and other live content. So, football fans should definitely take a look at this app.
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