Global Feed: View Worldwide News & Weather On An Interactive 3D Globe [Android]

While it may take an awful lot of time checking various websites/apps to get the current weather forecast and all the latest news of an area of your interest, with Global Feed running on your Android, it literally takes a minute. How? Via a solitary 3D globe which the users can rotate to navigate to various parts of the world to view weather forecasts and news relevant to any topic of choice. That’s not all. The app sports a native web browser to let users explore their favorite news stories in detail. There’s also an in-app sharing feature that can be availed to share the best content with your buddies.

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The globe that’s included within Global Feed serves the purpose of displaying various placemarks, each pinned to a specific location and pointing towards a news story matching your chosen area of interest. The app supports displaying news feeds from a wide array of topics ranging from weather to law, industry to entertainment and many more. You can either choose a topic from the list or manually search for stories by keywords.

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On the app’s homescreen, tap Choose Topic at the bottom of the screen to select topics of your interest. Once done with all the selection, you must tap Choose Topic once again so start downloading all the relevant data pertaining to your query. In case your query matches news on a particular topic, you will notice various red placemarks scattered all over the globe, each representing a news story relevant to a selected topic in a specific part of the world. You can navigate to a location of your liking and zoom into the map to browse through news items.

You will notice a white line over a placemark with a headline displayed on top. This indicates a particular story related to that location. Tapping on the headline opens the story in the app’s browser. The small digit displayed on each placemark represents the total number of stories relevant to a particular location. In case, there are multiple stories associated to a place, you can swipe on the headlines bar to switch between various news.


Apart from going through the whole story in detail, you may opt to add it to your favorites list or share it with your friends. To access your favorites list, simply tap the star icon on the app’s homescreen.

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If you’ve selected Weather from the topic list, the app shows you current weather condition of various cities of the world with conventional symbols.

Global Feed might not be all about glittery looks and feature-richness, but it certainly provides you with a true bird’s eye view of all the latest developments and weather info in any part of the world in a unique manner.

While the free variant of Global Feed displays ads, there’s an ad-free version of the app available in the Android Market as well that can be purchased for a mere $0.99.

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  • http://www.greggdeselms.com/ Gregg L. DesElms

    QUESTION:  On this web site’s Android app screenshots, is the red area containing the words “a data saving browser” covering-up advertising?  

    If so, then, of course, I appreciate that; however, one of my complaints about the AppMarket and AppBrain is that app makers are not required to disclose, right in their descriptions, that the app will foist ads on the user.  Actually, I wish that there were a checkbox or something which the app developer could check when s/he’s uploading/posting his/her free app so that if there will be ads in it, then the words “This free app displays advertising” in bold letters at the very top of each description; and if making a donation will get rid of them, then said bold-lettered words will be “This free app displays advertising which can be removed by making a donation;” or if it’s the purchase of the commercial version which removes the ads, then the words “This free app displays advertising which can be removed by purchasing the commercial version.”

    Obviously, that’s a complaint which I should make to AppBrain and the AppMarket, but my point, here, is that this web site could also help to warn people that the free apps it tests displays ads by simply replacing the words “A data saving browser” with the words “This free app displays advertising in this area.”  That would be REALLY helpful!

    Just a suggestion.

    I guess I should probably also send this suggestion via an email or something.

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • http://www.greggdeselms.com/ Gregg L. DesElms

    ANOTHER SUGGESTION:  Notice how the two “paid” version and “free” version QR codes, above, are right next to one another on the page.  Arranging them that way makes it hard for some QR code readers to read just one of them, but not the other.  

    MY SUGGESTION would be to put one of them against the left margin of the article, and the other against the right margin of the article, with the words “Download…” in between.

    Again, just a suggestion.

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • http://www.sovdyn.com Sergei Inyushkin

    Hi, I am the lead developer of this app. 
    Thank you so much for a nice and comprehensive review of our application! 

    I just have to mention that the app is now updated, bugs fixed and new features added – first of all you will see recent news highlighted with green and the read ones highlighted with grey so it is much easier to navigate. There is also a Natural Disasters section now where you can see earthquakes, cyclones, floods etc as the info comes in real time from natural hazard alert agencies.

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