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 1.9.3:

This update contains enhancements and bug fixes. It also fixes a crash when reading an article experienced by some readers. Additionally we no longer require reader location which was requested in the previous version of the app.


The Digital Editions team.

Lists with The Economist

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund.

Comments and ratings for The Economist
  • (59)

    by Mike Borsetti on 07/12/2014

    Awful font makes it hard to read, crashes too often, full of intrusive ads, and is a battery hog (should not be allowed to prevent device from sleeping). Positive: good, albeit expensive, content. May end up canceling my 30+ year subscription to the Economist since it's painful to read the magazine on the tablet (no more paper for me).

  • (59)

    by Keith Tan on 06/12/2014

    I'm connected but app reports not connected. Frustrated. Each update makes app less friendly and reliable.

  • (59)

    by Harry May on 06/12/2014

    Plus constant download issues, corrupt files, and unnecessary permissions.

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    by Harris Yan on 06/12/2014

    The content of unquestionably great. But the reading experience is merely readable if not terrible. Here are my suggestions: 1. Try not to imitate paper copy whether it is reasonable or not like the awkward columns. At least provide an option to display the content in single "column". 2. Please add a Favorite function to save some good articles in case I want to read it again on the future. 3. Sep

  • (59)

    by Hitesh Gulati on 05/12/2014

    Audio crashes most of the times. Always check for internet connection when it starts.

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    by habib ur rehman on 04/12/2014

    Helpfull application to all who intrest in economy or who read about economics.

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    by Harvey Stein on 03/12/2014

    Love being able to get the Economist on my phone. Hate how clunky the interface is (especially the audio), and how it keeps insisting on connecting to the internet, presumably to check that I'm still subscribed. Means that even after downloading the latest issue, both text and audio, I can't access it when I'm on the subway unless I start the app before I lose my connection.