Review: gReader App for RSS Feeds

Not many people use RSS feeds anymore it seems, as Twitter and facebook page updates have added another mobile medium to getting the information you want by those you follow. I prefer RSS feeds myself, along with Twitter, facebook and Google+ updates. One of the best RSS apps I’ve used for Android is called gReader made by noinnion. It wasn’t much of an RSS reader back in the beginning of 2011, as there were many better RSS apps on the market such as Pulse, Google Reader (official), and NewsRob. Other apps gained users mainly because they had a much more beautified GUI along with full tablet support. It took a while for gReader to catch up. Now that they’ve done that, it is the smoothest RSS feed reader on the market, in my humble opinion.

I’ve used a lot of RSS readers on both my Android smartphones and tablets, but if you’re looking for an easy to setup RSS reader, that supports both tablets and smartphones alike, and has automatic Google Reader single sign on…grab this app, it’s free.

As you can see to the right side, the app has a nice visual interface, almost identical to what you would see in Pulse. Don’t get me wrong, I think Pulse is a great app too, but it can be slow at times, most likely to make way for the visual enhancements it shows. If you have an older Android device, this can slow your smartphone down while it’s updating feeds as well. Anther great feature about gReader (and yes, many other other RSS readers in general) are the widget options.

Along the top of your screen when you see your list of feeds, is a simple and modern interface with the options to sort by newest, oldest, and feed. You’ll also see options for podcasts, recommendations and the plus sign to add more feeds if you desire. Along the bottom is the option to refresh your lists, mark as read/unread, and show unread only or all. The gReader app also has the options of saving articles for later offline reading, which is a bonus if you happen to be out of range and have some reading to catch up on.

All in all, it’s a well rounded app, with great design options to please anyone using it regardless of your style preferences, and it’s easy on your smartphone and/or tablets resources. It has a paid Pro version as well, which cuts out any ad displays within the app, downloading podcasts option and a couple of different themes. If you already use Google Reader as your RSS feeds manager, this is the perfect companion to it helping you keep things organized and seamless between your computers and Android devices. Give it a try by scanning the QR code under the video demo, or by clicking the Android Market Link.

 


About the Author: Jesse Bauer

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jesse works in IT professionally. Jesse enjoys keeping up with all things Android and Google related, whoopin butt online in ModNation Racers, keeping up to date on the latest metal music, playing/recording original music, and reading Star Wars novels. Ahead of all those things, Jesse holds his family at the top of the list, who all somehow manage to support him with his endless list of things he wants to accomplish.


  • Romu

    I still use RSS as my main source of information to follow what’s happening in some precise subjects.

    Social media helps too but I think RSS are better, social media can be hard to manage and filter.

    GReader is indeed very nice.

  • Chokoladenudlen

    Rss feeds are by far my main source of info, I even get some tweets and facebook wall posts on my rss. Combined with yahoo pipes and easier stuff like page to rss or feed43, there’s reallynothing you cannot do with rss. I used greader on my Legend a year ago, but today I vastly prefer Justreader – or if you are only reading on tablets, Reader HD is also a solid contender. And you can buy both of them amd still have money to spare for the price of greader….