Competing RSS readers are starting to gear up for the imminent ending of Google Reader’s long and successful life, and users are scrambling to find a new RSS reader that they can rely on for their daily dose of news.
Feedly, which used to be a Google-supported RSS app, is transforming itself into an independent RSS service, and recently launched a browser-based version of the service called ‘Feedly Cloud.’ In order to upgrade to Feedly Cloud, users have to update Feedly on all of their devices and computers to version 16 of the service.
Right now it’s looking as though Feedly is on top of other competitors as it recently hit 12 million users, but Digg announced earlier this week that it is cooking up an RSS reader of its own (set for launch on June 26), and rumors have been stirring that Facebook is creating an alternative as well. Only time will tell who will be on top in the end… but of course if you don’t want to wait, hit the break and download the Feedly app now and get it up and running on your computer as well.
RSS reader Feedly has been on a roll ever since Google announced it was shutting down Google Reader, and the alternative reader has rolled out a new mobile app. In this new version, users will benefit from a new search and discovery engine, visual tweaks for easier reading, and better sharing. The new search engine taps into over 50 million feeds and Feedly claims “No other news reader comes even close to offering this breadth of choice.” Using smart topic completion, it automatically updates your search with feeds that are relevant to what you’re looking for.
In answer to Google’s latest decision to drop the Google Reader, Digg has announced their efforts to replace it with a reader of their own. In a recent outline released by Digg, they hint at what their new RSS feed reader design goals will be. According to Digg there are four “key points” behind the basis of the design:
- Keep it simple, stupid (KISS)
- Make it fast (lightning fast!)
- Synchronize across devices (the more, the merrier)
- Make it easy to import from existing Google Reader accounts (key to a successful replacement for sure)
Although Digg gives Google’s product props for being a solid reader, they claim it left some definite “room for meaningful improvement.” They claim the improvements they bring to the antiquated reader will be “clean and flexible…blending easily and intuitively to the needs of different users.” Which is exactly what Google Reader’s followers really need, a new twist on an old classic!
Google has really hit a sore spot for fans of its extremely popular Google Reader app. Google Reader has been around for years, and for some, meant the beginning of user-friendly and simple RSS reading/social networking.
One fan, Dan Lewis from New York, NY, has decided not to let the reader go down without a fight, and 100,000 followers have his back!
The petition, pleads with Google to end the madness and keep its Reader alive. It reads:
Google Reader has long been a favorite RSS reader and in a surprising announcement, will shut down July 1. Google announced more spring cleaning to take place this year, shutting down several more features and services. The tech giant mentions declining usage and not enough focus being put into Reader as reasons for shutting it down. While this news is a bit upsetting to those of us who’ve relied off of Google Reader for years, there are plenty of alternatives out there. For example, web-based and mobile app Feedly syncs with Reader, and has already announced a seamless transition so you won’t lose any of your subscriptions.
Source: Official Google Reader Blog
If you’re looking for a beautiful RSS reader that syncs to your Google Reader account, look no further. “Press” is a gorgeous new app released by TwentyFive Squares that features a heavy emphasis on good design and simplicity. The app was built using Android’s new design philosophy so it already looks natural on your Android phone or tablet, but TwentyFive Squares took the design language a step further and added some nice textures, shadows, icons and typography to really push the app over-the-top when it comes to great design. Press is simple and easy to use and utilizes the two panel navigation that has become so popular with Android apps as of late. Articles look great and you can change the article layout and font if you so choose. The only flaw in the app is that once you are reading an article, there is no easy way to navigate to the next (via swipe gesture or otherwise), so you have to back out to the main menu. The developer has acknowledged this issue and is working on a solution. There is also no widget in the current release, but we’re sure that will be addressed soon as well. The app is $1.99 in the Google Play store for a limited time. Hit the break to see a video, screenshot gallery, and QR code to get the app.
A couple of days ago we saw a redesign for the web version of Google Reader with the promise of an updated Android version. It came a little quicker than we expected along with an update to Google Docs. Non of this is surprising with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich right around the corner.
The Android version of Google Reader didn’t change as much as the web version. It basically got a little ICS flare along with the new sharing options that are now limited to only Google+.
More changes hit Google Docs as it not only looks like ICS, but there are more optimizations for Honeycomb tablets, better video playback, finding information about your documents is easier, and sharing options now has auto complete.
Both updates are available now, so hit the download links after the break.
On the heels of Google launching their new Flipboard competitor, code-named Propeller, they have given Google Reader a major overhaul. New features include:
- A new look and feel that’s cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.
- The ability to +1 a feed item (replacing “Like”), with an option to then share it with your circles on Google+ (replacing “Share” and “Share with Note”).
Friending is now turned off in favor of Google+ functionality. It was a tough decision to drop friending, but it will allow Google to focus on fewer areas and build a better user experience. We can expect a new Android app soon.
Google also plans on unveiling a new social news reader, code-named Propeller which will be completely separate from Google Reader. It could drop as soon as this week so look for that.
[via googlereader blog]