The Economist

The Economist by The Economist Newspaper Limited


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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 1.9.6:

- Fix to the issue where audio playback skipped before the end of an article. Please contact us if you continue to see this problem after updating the app.

- Other fixes to audio playback.

- Various other bug fixes.

Lists with The Economist

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

Comments and ratings for The Economist
  • (59)

    by Jean-Marie Krecke on 23/05/2015


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    by ambar bokare on 23/05/2015

    Not much material on free version

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    by Martin Freimüller on 22/05/2015

    Generally the layout is nice and I really appreciate the audio edition! (I always listen to it when walking from a to b) However, there are lots of crashes (some so bad that my phone froze and I had to take out the battery). Also, I had some problems downloading the latest issue after a recent update. I'm using a LG D605 on android 4.4.4; please do work on stability.

  • (59)

    by Bill Callahan on 22/05/2015

    This was one of my favorite apps. I used it all the time. Just this week, though, it would start downloading as usual, but then would unexpectedly stop. "No problem," I thought. "I'll just try it again." Well, I tried it again, and again. I completely removed the app and re-installed it. Still, each time it would start the download, until I got a message saying, "Download cancelled." In this sta

  • (59)

    by Brian Walker on 22/05/2015

    Updated, Uninstaller, reinstalled: more issues than before. It's a shame that the journalism and the app are opposite end of the quality spectrum.

  • (59)

    by Oleksiy Pyrozhkov on 22/05/2015

    Latest issue wouldn't download

  • (59)

    by Shelley Blythe on 22/05/2015

    The problem with this app is that it downloads the entire back catalogue since you signed up for digital editions. This clogs up the phone storage, so you delete the back catalogue. A week later the app has downloaded the entire back catalogue and the annoyance is back. This issue has been part of the app since it started, so the app developer doesn't care about getting it fixed.

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