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One of the hottest news app for Windows Phone 8, Paper Boy, receives a noteworthy update

Paper Boy

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

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 4.0.4.0 for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store. Thanks, John C., for the tip

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RyanAMG says:

This is a good little app.

Nickkk101 says:

Had high hopes for the return of Lawrence's app after the excellent BBC news app was killed (by the bbc..) but I've had a great experience with Bing News since installing it, really works almost flawlessly. However, look forward to comparing the two apps-great dev and deserves much success imo.

Josh Harman says:

I love the Bing News app. It's a one stop app for me, although I do still have the Fox News app I don't use it as much.
Before the Bing News app, I had USA Today, Fox News and CNN on my start screen. Bing replaced all of those and have me access to other sources that don't have WP apps, like The Economist.
I'll check out Paper Boy again, but I didn't like it very much when I tried it months ago.

mighty_stag says:

Yeah really like Bing News, just hope next update includes sharing.

UKintel says:

Its been my favorite for a while because of its wide tile but its so slow, im hoping development on this will improve things. Im glad that orangy banner has been replaced with blue. Looking forward to seeing more improvements.

Zokudu says:

I'm sticking with Bing News. Microsoft really killed it with those apps.

iamoniwaban says:

Bing news is ok, but I keep having to re add my topics. Very frustrating.

Josh Harman says:

I've never had that problem.
Maybe try the ole app uninstall/reinstall.

DJCBS says:

Thank God for the new colour. That awful bright orange hurt my eyes. This is much more pleasant, even though I still prefer the BBC app.

Josh Harman says:

I checked, it's not available on iPhone.

drozdpat says:

This app looks and sounds cheesy, I meant to make a comment concerning the evernote "desktop" update, sorry about that.

Ticomfreak says:

Still fugly compared to the BBC app. Text really needs to be white, not orange.

Al_2 says:

I like the overall UI of this app but the article view is really ugly, hopefully the developer can improve on that.

topleya says:

Article view sucks alot, but then again the Bing app doesn't allow for sharing

Nick_1020 says:

Gonna stick with Lawrence's BBC News app for now. It works pretty well on the whole but some images are incorrect on some stories. I do like the Bing app but BBC articles load in the browser instead of the app which is a little inconvenient. I'll wait till Paper Boy is a final release before i try it.

L2nak says:

All about Newser.

Josh Harman says:

I'm sorry for your loss, but it's time to move on. It's been long enough.
Your WP7 would want you to carry on.

This app has pretty good functionality and allows sharing. Bing News needs to do that.

Josh Harman says:

Yes.
Sharing is about the only thing not in the Bing News app, they need it.

Paper boy is just too damn slow... I only keep it cos o the great use of the wide tile - why does no one else use this? Facebook? Email? To do? WTF?! Bing app is really nice but...no good use of wide tile!

HaibaneReki says:

haven't seen anything that would interest me to switch since I started using Rudy Huyn's FUSE :P the Ipsum mode ROCKS!!

Jazmac says:

To me Fuse can only work on a larger screen. On the 920, it looks like my desk during tax season.

HaibaneReki says:

Really? Ipsum sports some large fonts ;)

Aanze says:

Do you guys know if there's a good news app that can parse my rss feeds and display the latest news on LOCKSCREEN ? (kinda like Intelliscreen on jailbroken iphones)