If you’re a news junky or just enjoy having a solid app around, then you should really take a look at Paper Boy. The app comes from developer Lawrence Gripper who previously made BBC News Mobile. That app was our go-to news source until the BBC pulled some legal machinations to have it removed. But the soul of BBC News Mobile is back in Paper Boy.
We first informed you of Paper Boy back in July when the app was announced as a public beta. Today, it received a substantial update, including a new color scheme, drag down to refresh, and multiple performance enhancements to improve the user experience.
Paper Boy is based on the idea of pulling news from various sources, all at your control. When you first install the app, it will walk you through various sections like Technology or World News. From there, you can make your selections and the app will remember them. You also have the option for offline news reading, which is useful if hopping on an airplane or you just want to avoid data costs when not on Wi-Fi. In addition, you can share an article to Twitter or email with just a few taps or open the story directly in Internet Explorer.
The app is still in development though, so not all of the planned features are there. We also had some issues when we used Bing news as it returned some errors. But overall, Paper Boy is a free app that is progressing nicely. Is it as good as the Bing News app? Not quite, but it’s an app we like keeping around, especially since development and updates should be quicker for it.
Users can leave feedback through the app or by heading directly to its User Voice page here: https://gripdev.uservoice.com/
Grab Paper Boy version 126.96.36.199 for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store. Thanks, John C., for the tip