Google Reader Alternatives for the Mobile Reader

Alternative Blog Readers

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Last week I got onto my Google Reader, as usual of my daily morning ritual. But to my dismay a notification window informed me Google Reader will be retiring July 1, 2013. Although there are plenty of other RSS readers out there, just like my colleague and fellow Reader user, I have always turned to Google Reader as my main platform. Now us Google Readers are being kicked to the curb, it's time I find a replacement for both my smartphone and tablet...



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Summly: Unfortunately, Summly is only available for iPhone users. However, it is one of my favorite news reading sources because the color-coded app summarizes the most relevant news from the web. I don’t typically read anything more than tweets on my iPhone because even with the larger Retina displayon the iPhone 5, my eyes require a bigger screen to feel comfortable. Summly was developed as “pocket sized” news for the iPhone so that you can get the meat of the news without having to read all the pages of an article, ideal for "note now, read later" skimming. You can filter the type of news you read by categories like entertainment, sports, startups and science. Well designed throughout, the app allows you to intuitively swipe through articles similar to Feedly’s design. 

Flipboard: Flipboard is an old favorite. The interface design was amongst the first ever to take advantage of the iPad's screen. If you've never used Flipboard,  you'll likely be thrilled by the interactive navigable grid format, all connected to social media so you can easily share what you’re reading with your network. You can add your favorite blogs and also use Flipboard as a discovery tool, very similar to Feedly. 

Feeddler: Feeddler is an RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader, so although an alternative, its lifespan may be pretty short. The design is similar to Google Reader when you are viewing it in list format. You tap on the articles you want to read, and tap “done” when you’re finished reading.  Full articles open up in Safari. Feeddler hasn’t announced details on how they will migrate from Google Reader but did confirm that they won’t go away once the reader retires.  

Newsrack: Newsrack is also a well designed reader app that is most enjoyable on the iPad. It mimics the look of a rack of newspapers, allowing you to skim headlines and tap the articles if you want to read further. A list of unread articles pop up after tapping the newspaper and you can pick which articles interest you. You can categorize and customize your categories for the different types of news you read. Social sharing is also well integrated into each article you’re reading. 

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Zite: Zite was inspired by “Zeitgeist” based on the notion of keeping up with what’s happening in the world. Zite uses an algorithm paired with your interests to deliver news it thinks will matter to you. These articles are then sent to your iPhone or iPad. Moving quickly on the news about Google Reader, Zite has already rebuilt their app to survive after Google Reader is gone. Read how they did it in 6 hours

(Images: Julienne Lin, as linked above)