The Economist

The Economist

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

  • Cool layout (black/white)
  • Audio articles
  • Good free editor's highlights
  • It takes too long to download issues
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Expert's Review

"The Androidified Economist"

Reviewed by / Jan 25, 2012

The Economist is the official app of the globally well-known magazine

Whether you're subscriber, follower or just you don't even know The Economist, this app is a good way to enjoy its content from your Android. Of course there are difference: if you're subscriber you'll have access to all the content. If you aren't, you will have free access just to an editor's highlights, a compilation of articles (but no worries, that selection is interesting enough).

Download each week's issue to your device to read it offline. If you aren't subscriber and you want to read the full issue, you can buy it from the Android market (it costs around $6). Swipe to turn page (to the next article) or download audio option to listen to it. Switch layout (night/day) to black and white (better black to save battery). Change font size, share articles or lock screen orientation.
Enjoy from now of The Economist free content by downloading the app. If after checking the full index an article that spark your interest, go buy it and get the full version of the magazine. Directly from the Android market. It seems that some users have noticed forcecloses or device heating. We didn't, so we can say that happens in all device. Recommendable app.

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Developer's original description available here
The best way to read The Economist on your Android device.

The app is free to download and includes free access to the Editor's picks – a weekly selection of articles from each week’s edition of The Economist.

Digital and print subscribers to The Economist receive unrestricted access to each week’s full print edition.

• Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time each Thursday
• Download each issue to your device to read without an internet connection
• Switch easily between reading and listening with The Economist in audio
• Store and access back issues
• Purchase single issues in app
• Subscribe from within the app for full access to The Economist on Android tablets, Android smartphones, the Chrome Web store and
• Share articles via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook

The Economist on Android operates on tablets and smartphones running Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

The Economist is a weekly international news and business publication, offering clear reporting, commentary and analysis on world current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts.

Should you require any assistance using our app please visit for answers to frequently asked questions as well as ways to contact customer support.

Recently changed in this version

Dear Reader,

Updated in 1.8.1:

This update includes general enhancements and bug fixes. We continue to work on fixes for the remaining audio issues reported by several readers. Thank you for your patience while we fix this these.


The Digital Editions team.

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Comments and ratings for The Economist
  • (58)

    by Sayan Sambit on 25/07/2014

    Giving a bookmark function for keeping track of read articles and spen capability for highlighting texts like the features given in the erstwhile reader's hub app would be awesome and take this app to a whole new level. Features to scribble notes in the app itself also.

  • (58)

    by Samat Jain on 22/07/2014

    App often doesn't download latest issues, unless I specifically open the app to do so. Audio often just stops playing mid-article. Content is fantastic!

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    by Jack Land on 22/07/2014

    Had this app on my iPhone and it was 5 stars due to the amazing content and audio playback feature. Just switched to android (sony xperia 2) and the app seems a bit buggy. Most annoying thing is that the audio will either 1) stop playing after an article forcing me to open the app up and hit play to restart or 2) skip the last 20-30 seconds of an article and go on to the next one. Please fix this

  • (58)

    by Alphabetical Soup on 20/07/2014

    Overall very good but the audio edition skips the last 5 to 10 seconds of most articles which is deeply frustrating. This has been happening for several months despite bug reports and numerous comments on here.

  • (58)

    by Andrew Kiselev on 19/07/2014

    Completely unstable

  • (58)

    by Hamer Long on 19/07/2014

    read it all the free articles.

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    by Abhinava Shriraam on 19/07/2014

    Real news and real opinion, sans sensationalism.