With the recent Mango update to Windows Phone a lot more apps have appeared and a lot more developers have started making apps as well. I have recently been finding a lot of apps that do what I have been looking for. In my move from Android I was at first looking for a news reader app. There are quite a few available, but not one of them really stood out. Pulse had not been released at that point and I was lost. I came across Fuse and thought I would give it a go.
Luckily with WIndows Phone you can try out an app before you buy it, I gave Fuse a go and really liked the variety of styles you can choose from to display your different RSS feeds in. You can choose from 3 different styles to display your feeds. You have “Ribbon” which is your standard view shown above in the first picture, you can scroll horizontally the sites feed and also scroll vertically through the various sites you have added.
The next style to choose is “Ipsum” which is shown above. It displays all of your chosen feeds using their site name. Once you select a site you are shown that sites articles. I prefer this view because quite often a sites RSS feed may be slightly broken and the images do not get pulled into the app correctly leaving you with blank spaces and article names. This way it looks nice however broken their feed is.
The next style is called “Square” as shown above it displays your chosen sites in tiles. These randomly rotate to give you a preview of the text which is a nice touch. The tile for the site name also has an unread count on it.
Yesterday Fuse received an update to make it Mango compatible. This update allows you to fast switch from it and also to add specific sites to you home screen as live tiles. This will auto update the tile and show you an unread article count. Fuse is also compatible with Google Reader so if you have lots of sites / feeds set up in there then this app will display your feeds. In the end I paid for this app because the trial version deliberately forgets your settings. But I feel this app has a unique touch that warranted £0.99.