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CNET News, now on Android

The iPhone is no longer the only smartphone with a CNET News app. Our breaking stories and in-depth features are now even easier to read and browse on Android devices, with the new free CNET News app. Read about what it does and why it's worth downloading.

This may be the year of the iPad's debut, but it's also the year that Android devices exploded in availability. To go along with the extra attention that Android's been getting of late, CNET News has ported its month-old iOS app to the Android marketplace. Debuting August 30, the free CNET News app for Android (Android-only download) offers an identical-but-Androidified feature set to its iOS twin.

The new Android app for CNET News lets you read articles without pagination, makes it easy to share them, and provides quick access to tweets from CNET editors and writers.

The new Android app for CNET News lets you read articles without pagination, makes it easy to share them, and provides quick access to tweets from CNET editors and writers.

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Included in the Android app are article bookmarking, full-screen reading (except for the CNET logo at the top), mobile-optimized search, a built-in Twitter feed from CNET editors and personalities, font resizing while reading stories, and a sharing link that lets you quickly share a story by means of the major communications and networking tools on your Android phone.

Using a barcode app like zxing's Barcode Scanner, point your Android phone camera at this QR code to find the CNET News app in the Android Market.

Using a barcode app like zxing's Barcode Scanner, point your Android phone camera at this QR code to find the CNET News app on the Android Market.

At the top of the app's interface a horizontal blog navigation bar appears. You can swipe it to view more blogs, including Security, Crave, Green Tech, and Webware. A similar scroll feature on the Twitter feed page lets you scroll through tweets by editor. You can also scroll vertically to read the tweet stream in its entirety, or tap a specific editor's tweet to read more by that author.

One of the benefits of the app over reading on our mobile Web site is that stories are loaded without pagination, so it's easier to read the latest news. The same is true of the app's search engine, which makes it easier to get to older stories you're interested in.

There are more features in the works, and there's also a feedback button available under the More option so you can give us your suggestions. You can also let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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