If you are a big Pulse.ng fan, a sucker for mobile apps, and hate typing in URLs, then your Christmas gift may be coming in early.
We just came upon the Pulse.ng news app, and it’s pretty lit. (Although it’s been around since 2014, the latest update was pushed to the app in October).
First thing you notice about the app is that it doesn’t push ads. I had to check many times to be sure, before going ahead to ask Rich Tanksley, Head of Pulse Nigeria.
“Currently we are not pushing ads to the app,” Rich told TechCabal. “But once we get significant traction on it, we will start pushing minimal ads.” Although I would have loved an ad-free Pulse.ng app, it appears it’s the best way to monetize the app. A premium (or subscription model) doesn’t seem like a hot idea in Nigeria where most people believe online content should be free.
The app does what most news apps do. It collects all Pulse.ng content (videos and text) and wraps them neatly in categories.
I like the feel of the app. It’s smooth moving around and I didn’t notice any lag. I loved that I could move around without the fear of unknowingly clicking on an ad, spoiling the whole reading experience. This fear is why I have stuck with Feedly to access my favourite websites, however, the ads coming may throw that fear right back in the mix.