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LinkedIn Pulse

by Alphonso Labs Inc.
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.0.3
  • 4.0
  • - A new streamlined reading experience and simplified navigation make it even easier to discover compelling professional content.
  • - Sign in with your LinkedIn account to easily save, discover and share with your professional network. Discuss what's trending with millions of professionals worldwide
  • - Your content, everywhere. Sign in with LinkedIn and the app will deliver articles from channels you follow on the site and people in your network.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004I3VWOI
  • Release Date: March 16, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
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Product Features

  • - Easily browse thousands of trusted sources, from major publications and LinkedIn Influencers to blogs and beyond
  • - Discover insightful content from Pulse's comprehensive catalog of thousands of sources. New and noteworthy publishers and Influencers each week
  • - Customize feeds based on your interests to get fresh, personalized content delivered daily. You can also directly import your Reader RSS feeds
  • - Share with your favorite networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Tumblr
  • - Sync your sources. When you login with LinkedIn you ensure that what you follow and save is available on all your devices. Saved stories can also be sent to Pocket, Evernote, Instapaper, or Readability
  • - No Internet? No problem. Pulse effortlessly loads the stories you read so they're ready whenever and wherever you are

Product Description
Combine all of your favorite news sources into one app with Pulse

Meet Pulse, a stylish application that makes reading the news fun, organized, and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite websites (including Facebook) and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article, and you will see a clean and elegant view of the story. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter, or email is as easy as two taps. Pulse has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Techcrunch, and more. Experience Pulse today--you'll never look at news the same way again.


The dashboard layout makes reading and browsing the news easy and helps you streamline your news feed by combining speedy navigation with a sleek user interface. Each news source is organized as a horizontal bar on your screen and each story is displayed as a square on the bar. Simply tap on a block of news, read an article, and tap again to bring up the dashboard and browse more articles.

Pulse News
Explore the dashboard design and share articles with ease
Swipe to Browse

Swiping to the left and right enables you to select a story from any article with ease. As soon as you're done reading and you've scrolled to the end of the article, your navigation bar appears at the bottom of your screen and you can continue browsing for more new articles from that source. Return to your main page by pressing the back button where a simple swipe of your finger up or down lets you browse through your collection of news sources.


Pulse offers a number of options to customize your personal news feed. Tap into the options page and you'll be able to choose your font size from small to extra large. You can also alter the refresh rate at which new stories populate, turn background updates on or off, and change the frequency of your updates. Log in with Facebook and you can turn your social stream into a news feed for easy viewing.

Once you've opened up an article, you can tap on the menu button to pull up more options. Share the story you've just checked out using Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and more. Tap on the star symbol to mark the app as starred in Google Reader. If you want to open the article in a browser, or if you want to set a specific source to default to web format for any reason, these options are simply a tap away. From the main page, you can choose to manage your sources to put them in the order you want to read.

Offline Support

If you're in the mood for reading the news but don't necessarily need to be connected to your Wi-Fi or 3G, Pulse provides you the option to peruse your articles offline. Just start up the app with an Internet connection and your articles will load completely for future reading when you're looking to save some battery life and don't need to be online.

Pulse News
Add up to 60 news sources and 5 pages
Key Features
  • Browse and Read: With the Pulse dashboard layout, you can continue to browse news stories on Pulse as you read an article.
  • Personalized News: Select a "pack" to populate an entire page of top sources for your favorite news categories like politics, finance, sports, and more.
  • Stay Up To Date: Want to read the latest news as soon as it's published? Tap to refresh news sources instantly without ever leaving the application.
  • Organize Your News: Tailor your mobile news reading experience by selecting up to 60 news sources across 5 customizable pages.
  • Make it Social: Like, share, and comment on your Facebook newsfeed and access content from YouTube, Vimeo, Digg, Reddit, and more.
  • Spread the Word: Found an interesting news article? Sharing a news story on Pulse to Facebook, Twitter and email is as easy as 2 taps.
  • No internet? No problem: Pulse loads your news stories when you're online, so you can read them later even when you're offline.
  • Import Your News: Pulse News allows you to directly import all your RSS feeds from Google Reader.

Technical Details

  • Size: 6.1MB
  • Version: 4.0.3
  • Developed By: Alphonso Labs Inc. (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read the sync settings
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Runs perpetually October 3, 2011
By DuBois
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(1) I have a low-end smartphone with limited memory, so I want that memory dedicated to the apps that I am actively using. Having multiple apps running in the background increases my risk of running out of memory and being put in a forced close situation. Once you start "pulse", it runs perpetually in the background updating your feeds. But I don't want this. What I want is for the app to update my feeds when I start it, and then when I'm done reading my feeds, I want to be able to really quit the app.

(2) You can't customize the font size of the articles - an important feature for those of us in the bifocal set. I can understand that the font has to be a set size in the overview of all the articles in a folder, but when I select an article so I'm just reading that one, I can't see any reason for not letting me set the font size.

(3) Similar to the FlipBook on the iPad, it seems that there is no personal record of which articles I've already read. It always shows the most recent articles. If you are way behind in a feed, you can't access your older, unread items. On the other hand if you'd like to mark even more recent articles "read" so they'll disappear from your reader, this isn't the best choice of apps.


The actual user interface is attractive and intuitive, at least after you have your feeds set up. I suspect it is even more slick to use on a tablet than on a phone which is where I'm using it.


I ended up going with "Feedly" because it does allow the user to really quit the app, customize the font size, and mark articles as "read". I don't think it is as pretty as "pulse", but this functionality is more important to me than prettiness.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get the news March 22, 2011
Its a really pretty app. All of my RSS feeds are in one, clean space that I can quickly check on the go. it does download pictures though, so set your refresh rate accordingly with your data plan.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Android tablets April 9, 2011
This is one of my favorites for my Android Tablet. Great integration with other sharing apps, and very good interface
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Used to be good, no longer is October 15, 2013
Pulse started out as a very attractive and easy to use news aggregator. Somewhere along the way, it lost its ease of use and became a bloated, difficult to use application. Its constant need to update itself, its bloated memory usage, and its unnecessary features have turned it into a must-avoid application.

The program's poor memory management is one of those faults that the average user will not understand, but they will experience the frustrations caused by it as their device slows down...more and more and more over time. The push to social network integration awhile ago rendered the program much less useful - it used to be my go-to app for getting my daily news. But as the "Share on Facebook" and "Tweet This" buttons began pushing themselves on to my news scan more and more, the less I used the program. I have since abandoned it and would suggest that if you haven't already installed it, don't. If you have installed it, uninstall (if you can - oh, did I mention that nifty little "feature"? - on some devices you cannot uninstall it; one more failure for this app).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This app comes pre installed on the kindle fire. the only "bloat" amazon put on the fire. It is not removable, and you can not turn it off. It syncs with the pulse team sending them personal information (who and what) at least every 12 hours, with no option to turn it off. 1 star for that, sorry pulse, but you need to have an option to not send personal info back to yourself, and the only 1 star feature for the kindle fire.

oh, and maybe because they know people don't like being forced to have something they do not want, pulse is not shown in the kindle fire app store, so you can't leave this review from your kindle :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best App on my Kindle Fire March 23, 2012
I enjoy this app more than anything else I have on my Kindle Fire. Such a great format and very easy to customize.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fire has old version April 7, 2011
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Kindle fire has an old version that does not have sync capability. This is a major feature that is missing in 2.4. Amazon needs to immediately allow this app to update to 2.7+. Rating will go back to 5 stars when corrected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Love the concept. Used it all the time on my first Kindle Fire 7". Content is growing very fast. Read from it nightly until the new version on the new HD Fire 8.9". Now I'll be reading and it will suddenly pop up a screen telling me Pulse is no longer working. Then it freezes my device and I have to totally shut it down. This is happening about every other day. Not sure if it's Amazon Fire's issue or if it's Pulse application issue. But either way, I can't give Pulse News high ratings until Amazon/Kindle and Pulse have patched things up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth of information.
Enjoy the TED lectures and big data sections.
Published 4 days ago by Curt Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Spammy
I really like LinkedIn piles, but this app issues a daily "alert" which can't be disbled. It really doesn't qualify as an alert. Read more
Published 7 days ago by TimH
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulse!
A very practical App.
Published 26 days ago by Amul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a good app if you can get your kindle in a service area, which is rare.
Published 1 month ago by Oscar Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars daily user
Love getting all sorts of news feeds on this app. It has everything I'm interested in plus more all in one place. I check it very day.
Published 1 month ago by Pops944
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love reading my blog and techie sites or anything else on this page super easy to use.
Published 1 month ago by Jorge Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done app.
Great app and easy to use. Pick the channels you want and set notifications easily. News options on this app not available on other aggragators.
Published 1 month ago by Scott H
2.0 out of 5 stars I love this sight Why can't I get it
It is not what I was looking for.` The sight I was looking for was just Pulse. My daughter gets it on herKendle amd I don't. I love this sight Why can't I get it?
Published 1 month ago by Judy Woodrey
5.0 out of 5 stars a good app
the app give a saving time way to follow what happen in the world. beside, I have had a lot of valuable information for growing my future.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars So much News, so little time! Great app for RSS Aggregation.
First, I have to say, I liked the original PULSE newsreader before it became linked with LINKED-IN. I think the current interface is a little too slick and makes it a bit more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Recluse
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