Top 5 Android RSS readers

by Chris Moor on
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We all know news is a daily part of most everyone’s lives. We also know where you get it from is important, too. That’s why I’ve gathered the best Android RSS readers I could find and put them up against each other. Which one takes the cake? Let’s find out!

gReader

gReader is an RSS feed client that allows you to view your feeds by site, or view all at the same time. What I like about gReader is its simplicity. The UI is very straight forward and fun to look at. The app syncs with your Google Reader account, and does so in a very fast manner. With that being said, there are a few extra features, like the ability to search for articles. gReader will most likely appeal to people who want their news, and want it fast, with no interruptions. That being said, there is the occansional gripe with gReader. The fact that you can search for articles from a site, but can’t search for a site to add to your news list was a turn off.

Rate & download: gReader

FeedR

FeedR allows you to view you feeds by category. Even better, you can color code your categories so that you can find the news that you want to read fast. You have the option to sync with your Google Reader account, but you can also use the app without it. Some extra features are the ability to easily share the news that you read, ability to set the app on your homescreen as a widget and the ability to create a shortcut to an RSS feed on your homescreen. However, FeedR lacks things, like the option to view all of your feeds at the same time and there is that dull UI. The newest version requires Android 2.0 +

Rate & download: FeedR

FastReader

FastReader is an RSS feed client that gets you your news in a time efficient manner. The app has 2 tabs, one that shows you each feed, and another that lets you view all of the feeds at once. The UI on the app is too bland for me, and it lacks some features, like search, and is more geared toward people who want to get their news, and don’t care about how the interface looks. You can share stories via email, Facebook, and Digg. However, when you click on a story, the interface gets a bit better. You can zoom in and out, and easily switch to another article. Besides that, FastReader is your ordinary RSS feed client.

FeedSquares

Now this is something different. FeedSquares is not your ordinary RSS reader. In fact, there are no apps like it. Instead of giving you a boring list of your feeds, FeedSquares gives you colorful boxes that represent each feed. If you only have one or two feeds that you get news from, then this app is not for you. But if you have a bunch of news from a bunch of places, then look no further. The UI is amazing, and is just fun to use. However, there are always drawbacks. For example, FeedSquares is not as fast as the other RSS feed clients, not even close, and besides a cool interface, no other features are to be found.

NewsRob

The last RSS feed client that we have is NewsRob. NewsRob is a very sleek app that gets you your news from your Google Reader account. The UI is very nice to look at, but as with FastReader, no extra features are to be found. You can sync to you Google Reader account, and do the expected, like mark as read. You can also view all of your feeds at once, which is a nice feature that is non-existent in other apps. As far as getting your news, it does it at the normal speed. Nothing special, but not bad either.

Rate & download: NewsRob

Comparison

So there you have it. gReader is definitely one of the best RSS feed clients out there, with a sleek UI and the extra features that most apps don’t have. Second place goes to FeedR. FeedR is also a top-notch client and while the UI is not very impressive, packs a few features than gReader. But keep in mind that FeedR is $1.99, so you will have to make the descision if the extra features are worth the price. Coming in at third is FeedSquares. FeedSquares was a fun app to use, but it wasn’t really that practical. It was slow on startup, and slow on syncing. If you prefer glam over guts, then FeedSquares is for you. Landing at fourth place is NewsRob. NewsRob was a boring app to use, and didn’t really have any features to its name. I honestly can’t reccomend NewsRob to anyone that wants an RSS feed client that is a good, quality app. Finally, coming in dead last, is FastReader. While FastReader was a bit faster then the other apps, it doesn’t have any features, does not have a widget, and the UI makes me want to claw my eyes out. I believe that FastReader is not even close to the competition, so if you want a good RSS feed client, at least look at the top four.

Well, there you have it! gReader takes the cake when it comes to getting your news, but FeedR is not far behind. As for FastReader, better luck next time.

What do you use for an RSS feed client? Agree or disagree with our results? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://jjsan.eu jjsan

    what about droidrss (also with widget)

  • http://xcmeathead.com Rich

    I just use the Google Reader mobile site. Works well and fast, and is always synced with desktop version, including starred items etc.

  • marc

    I used to use greader, but was unable to publish any feeds to Facebook. now using breeding, and although the UI isn’t as clean, it allows me to share on Facebook, and also allows +e to mark feeds read when I don’t have a connection, like when I’m in the subway. Newsrob gets a thumbs up from me!

  • Wes

    No love for NewsRob, eh? Not only would I call it the best RSS readers for Android, I’d call it one of the best Android apps, period. Looks like I’m not alone as it’s been rated higher than gReader with nearly 10 times the ratings (11000+ vs. 1524).

  • http://t3mujin.tumblr.com João Almeida

    Of all these readers which support offline browsing, other than NewsRob?

  • http://htcsmartphones.webklik.nl Mark

    I also use google reader mobile. I like to keep my web and mobile rss feeds in sync

  • Trina

    News Rob is the best RSS Reader out there, apparently the writers of this article have issues with it.

  • nurlip

    sorry but you forgot about Pulse. it may be new but its by far better than all of those listed above.

  • http://dgart08.blogspot.com Donny

    WOW!!! NewsRob 2nd to last!!!
    It’s my most used app on my N1. I’ve tried the rest and they just don’t stack up in my opinion…

  • HaRou

    thanks for this post! i actually went to try out gReader and i totally like it! hope to see more of your top 5 apps post! :)

  • Gianpaolo

    I idee beyondpod for podcasts and rss news.

  • Josh

    Another vote for Google Reader mobile site. I used to use gReader, but it used too many resources (bandwidth, storage, cpu). Mobile site loads fast and is brilliant.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ryansgr8 Ryansgr8

    NewsRob Pro FTW. It is the best one of the bunch.

  • zenaxe

    Another vote for just using a Shortcut to the Google Reader Mobile site. It’s 100% in sync with desktop and always and the interface works just as well as a stand alone app.

    Really, a lot of people go straight for a phone App when the Web based solution makes the most sense. There are some pretty kick ass mobile sites that don’t need a standalone app. Google Reader is one of them, IMHO.

  • http://www.knowliz.com Anurag Bansal

    I agree 100% with what zenaxe has mentioned above. I don’t even look for an app for Google Reader. Just create a bookmark in the browser for mobile google reader. Go to your bookmarks and tap and hold on togoogle reader bookmark to bring the option to create a shortcut on your home screen. the bookmark in fact has beautiful icon too. So you won’t even feel that it’s a shortcut not an app.
    But it gets the work done pretty well and I don’t even use my precious memory. I don’t even search for any option for RSS reader for android. Any one who doesn’t use google reader these options are worth looking at.

    Thanks for sharing though.

  • Alex Tan

    Have been a NewsRob user and happy with it so far.

    Just tried out gReader since it was rated so good by the author. However I feel it is slow, and the wait is annoying. “Mark All Read” takes long (til FC comes out) even tho only 1 article is in the folder. After the article is read and go back to list view, the refresh also takes long before the “read” articles disappear form the list.

    Think I will stick back to NewsRob…

  • mike

    I have tried many different kind of reader (no less than 20) keep come back to RssDemon. Does what it says “Power, clear and easy to use”

  • Tim Turner

    I’m new to android and am struggling to find a RSS Reader that I can understand, unsubscribe to feeds, and figure out how to make sure that when I DO subscribe, it links to the target’s mobile site, not the regular site. I haven’t found one that covers these options. I don’t like opening up a link from a reader, for example, to a fox news article and it takes me to their main web page instead of their mobile and it’s too much trouble to manipulate the page to read it. I’m using a Samsung Captivate on Android 2.2

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    great apps ..i liked all of them..

  • http://www.portalphone.co.il/ aappy

    hi,

    i published an RSS community app named PortalPhone,
    the idea is that the users give and rate the content
    so the content grow from day to day, will be happy to hear what do you think a bout it (:

    thanks z.

  • http://oxwall.se Carl af Svezia

    Thanks a lot for this article. Just got my smartphone and I didn’t know what RSS reader to chose from Android Market. Now I have a dozen to pick from; of which all seem to hold pretty good standards. Nice going, guys. Cheers! xD

  • Barry Kennedy

    For non-geeks, the best app is:

    Feedly!!!

    http://feedly.com/

    The best simple RSS reader on the market…

    it’s beautiful, elegant and super easy to use, and syncs with Google Reader. Light on resources. Perfection. You can run it on your computer as well. It’s what Google should have done with Reader. It makes your feeds look like a glossy magazine.

    Runs on Android/iOS/Mac/Windows/Linux/IE/Chrome/Firefox

    Get it. Now.

    Most of these apps are OK, NewsRob is decent, and the Google Reader app is also decent, although limited.

    I’ve tried all of these, and being in IT would consider myself a power user.

    Here are what I look for in an RSS reader:

    it must function as a podcatcher, downloads articles in a mobile format for offline reading, has a slick interface, plays video podcasts, downloads feeds and podcasts for offline viewing, offers two-way sync with Google Reader, allows me to search for new feeds/podcasts, gives me individualized sync options for different categories of feeds, allows me to save archived feeds/podcasts, allows me to set an expiration date for podcasts and feeds and auto-deletes old feeds/podcasts (thus managing SD card space), supports Apps2SD, supports external audio and video players and external Scrobble clients (such as Last.fm).

    The best power user RSS reader:

    BeyondPod.

    By far the best I’ve tried. Hands down. It will require some geeking in order to customize it just they way you want.

  • sammy

    Over the past two weeks, I’ve tried out the paid/Pro versions of all Readers mentioned here and some. I liked gReader the best until I came upon NewsRob. Not sure what the author was smoking, but NewsRob has a better interface than gReader and has slightly MORE functionality. The other reader I like is Feedly, which edges out Pulse for eye candy. I prefer NewsRob the best though.

  • Hero

    I use US News Reader every day. All RSS feeds of important newspapers are pre-added into it so that you don’t need to add any RSS feeds to read news.

  • http://goo.gl/5oyQb John Ortiz

    I recommend Feedly. It offers support for Chrome, Firefox, Android, iPhone, etc.

  • n11t4k4

    Newsroom is pretty sleek, though there’s no free version. It does deep harvesting, which is nice. Surprised not to see it mentioned. Definitely worth checking out.

  • ubru bey

    Are they created only for the Android? What about the other?

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    NewsRob Pro  is the best one of the bunch

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  • http://www.nogeeksallowedtechnology.com/ Mason Rockwell

    I wish Great News Reader would be made as an Android app. I use it daily on my PC, but would love the convenience of using it on my phone as well.

  • Anonymous

    Do any of these have tablet versions or are they phone only?

  • Bvgastel

    at least the RSS reader ‘RSS Junkie’ has a tablet layout (and push notifications)

  • Jpkhud

    How do you unsubscribe I reader?

  • http://www.bestofandroid.com/ Android

    Which is the best reader out of all these?

  • man3721

    JReader seems to be very promising, check it out

  • mitra

    hey i m new with RSS topic so, what is it and how to use it?

  • Felentari

    Just tried Feedwall. It can show the full article and not just the summary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mynetdude Shannon Mason

    And feedly was left out? I’d like to re-title this article “the top 5 most basic readers”