Substack’s mobile app combines newsletters with RSS

Substack released an iPhone and iPad app to make it easier to read newsletters posted through its platform, as well as content posted on other websites, while on the go.

The company says its app “brings together text, audio, video, and community seamlessly for the best internet reading experience.” It aims to solve the pesky problem of newsletters ending up in Gmail’s promotions folder, being marked as spam, or simply lost among other emails.

Substack also claims that it’s “an app for deep relationships, an alternative to the mindless scrolling and cheap dopamine shots that hide behind other home screen icons.” (Which is an interesting way to critique the platforms the company hopes to use to improve the quality of its service.

The app is also the logical next step for a platform that has evolved from simple one-size-fits-all newsletters to one that supports a greater degree of customization, has pushed for additional forms of content such as comics and recently started experimenting with video.

“You can expect new features and functions to become available as we continue to develop the app and improve the experience for readers, writers, podcasters, videographers, community leaders, and more. “says Substack, presumably from the release of its Android app. .

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Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie has also confirmed on Twitter that “you can add any RSS feed to the app” by visiting this page on the platform’s website. (Which requires an account to view.) This way, the line between Substack newsletters and other content becomes a little more blurred.

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