Essential Android apps for plugged-in types

For many Web junkies who fancy themselves as "in-the-know," reading news on the Web takes up a huge portion of the day. Here are a couple of essential Android downloads to help manage the affair.

For Web junkies who fancy themselves as "in-the-know," reading news across the Web takes up a significant portion of the day. They tether themselves to their gadgets and mobile devices, soak up new posts on their favorite Web sites, and of course, maintain their presence on all the usual social media channels. It's a sometimes taxing cycle of knowledge breeding hunger for more knowledge. Well, we at CNET are certainly no strangers to the plugged-in lifestyle, so we thought we'd take the time to share a couple of Android apps to help manage it.

Now most of us know about RSS readers. They aggregate content from several sites so you can do your reading all in one place. They save you from having to open up dozens of tabs and scroll through potentially hundreds of posts. They're efficient. But at the same time, they're usually, well, bland. Enter Pulse News (download)--an alternative to your typical, run-of-the-mill RSS aggregator. It pulls content from all your favorite news sources, and presents it in an intuitive and elegant interface. Complete with graphics and bold headers, Pulse News makes your reading experience not only efficient, but enjoyable. You can program different pages of content to correspond to different categories that you're covering, use Pulse's site suggestions, or add your own. Swipe up and down to quickly glance at all of your sources, or swipe horizontally to read more stories from a single source. You can even program it to pull content from your Google Reader account. It's all very simple. And it enables sharing to all your typical social media profiles, SMS, e-mail, and, very conveniently, our next featured app.

Read It Later (download: Free | Pro) is a short-term bookmarking tool that helps you manage your online reading across any and all of the devices you use to access the Interwebs. We think it's a perfect complement to Pulse, as it keeps a running queue of articles you want to revisit later. Let's say you're swiping through your Pulse feeds and you come across a particularly riveting article that's a bit too lengthy for your two-stop train ride to accommodate. With a few quick taps, you can add the article to your Read It Later list and access it at a more convenient time, even without a Web connection. And if you download Read It Later on your other devices, you can access your list on those as well. It's an efficient way of keeping your reading experience seamless throughout the day, no matter where you are or how you're accessing the Web.

Do you have a favorite set of apps or perhaps a particularly effective work flow to manage your online reading? Let us know in the comments below.