Seems like a false title, should have been “Life after the announcement of death of Google Reader” – whatever, Google Reader is reaching to its end now — people are quickly moving to other RSS feed readers after Google announced the death of the best feed reader service on March 13. I was using this service since 2009 and have read over 20 of thousands of articles through it. As a student, Google Reader meant a lot to me; whether it’s about reading the informative WordPress.com News or going through Terence Tao’s notes: Google Reader was everywhere. Now all the applications which were based Google Reader API, will not be functioning after 1st July, so there was a desperate need of finding a new Feed-Reader for me.
Here are the Google Reader alternatives, which I gave rigorous tries and found useful.
1. WordPress.com Reader
Available on : Desktop Web Browsers, Mobile Browsers at http://wordpress.com/#!/read
Apps: iOS, BlackBerry, Android, WP7/8, Windows 8
Probably the best one and most easily accessible to me, WordPress.com Reader is nicely improved since the “death” of Google reader. You can subscribe to any feed, import your Google Reader subscriptions or can import via an OPML file. Firefox and Google Chrome extensions allow to follow blogs directly via ‘address bar’. WordPress.com reader can be easily accessed on mobile browsers and also have the Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and BlackBerry applications with reader functionality. WordPress.com homepage takes you to the reader page after you log in to your account. The reader page starts with newest posts and notify if there is any latest post available from your subscriptions.
The design is pretty awesome and the readability is amazing at WordPress.com reader. The reader lacks the social sharing options, it has regular “like” and “reblog” options though, which is not a ‘big’ problem because the way WordPress.com is focusing on it, social sharing might be there in no-time. WordPress.com Reader is my first choice of being a great alternate of Google Reader.
Available on: Google
Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari at http://www.feedly.com
Apps: iOS, Android
Now the most talked feed reader application, ‘feedly’ has emerged as a sensation among Google reader users, with great new features, promising applications and social sharing tools. The user interface is nice but the reading experience is so bad. You can’t actually read stuffs that easily as it has numerous confusing options. The feedly team is adding features day by day and I suppose that it’ll be the most popular reader alternative in upcoming days. Feedly provides Android and iOS applications at the instant, which are being praised a lot from the users. It has a bunch of amazing social network sharing options, including Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Digg, Delicious etc. Feedly currently relies on Google Reader API but will moved to its own soon after Google Reader closes. Continue reading