Headlines is an RSS and news reader that is designed for TVs. It may sound unusual, but with a large screen the app is able to take full advantage of the space and provide scrolling tickers of information and long lists of information. The app last month received a large redesign that added more features and makes the interface nicer.
Users are able to pick from a larger set of content as they’re configuring the app, picking different sources to get the latest information they care about. At the bottom you can see what’s currently trending, your current time (and the time in another timezone), and the weather. You can see the currency ticker above that, a useful strip of information for those in the financial industry.
The news now shows article images inline to give you a more colorful context to the story. While it may have been difficult to read a webpage with the news, users now view the AMP version, which should be much cleaner and more responsive. There are now themes, giving your dashboard a more personal accent.
If you just want to leave the app on your TV and have it run quietly in the background, you can now select the app to be a screensaver. I’ve written before how TVs can be great passive displays, much like smart mirrors, and how they can fit into the Internet of Things. Headlines is a pretty neat app if you’re interested in knowing the latest news. You can download it on Google Play.