News360 has launched a new app optimized for Android tablets. The company has been offering news apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms for a while, but the new app for tablets running Android 3.x Honeycomb may just be one of the best tablet news apps I’ve seen so far.

The home screen is divided into a navigation bar on the left and headlines and photographs on the right. You can choose from top stories, latest news, world, US, politics, business, tech, or other categories. You can also connect to your social networks so News360 can deliver personalized news.

From the menu at the top of the app you can search the news, hit the Local button to view stories from your area, and click the 360 view to watch a stream of photos from the news float by. Tap on any photo to view more information or bring up the full article.

The article view shows a summary at the top of the page, but also loads the full web site. You can dismiss the summary to view the full text of any article — because you’re actually using News360 as a web browser at this point, so you won’t get stuck looking at a partial RSS feed.

From the reading page you can also share any article via Facebook, Twitter, email, Instapaper or ReadItLater or save an article for offline viewing.

Another nice feature is the Twitter button at the top of the article view which lets you see what people on Twitter are saying about the topic.

New360 for tablets is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...