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Google is Killing Off Google Reader in July of This Year

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This afternoon, Google announced that they have more spring cleaning to do, which yes, means more closures of services that you probably use. In order to focus on making better products, they do not want to spread themselves too thin and have decided to eliminate a number of products. One of those is Google Reader. Yes, that Google Reader. The same one that you probably use to store all of your RSS feeds in. 

It won’t die off immediately, though. You have until July 1, 2013 before you need to pull all of your data out and find a new RSS client.

Here is what Google had to say:

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

While disappointing, I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is all that surprising. Google has neglected Reader for some time, especially when it comes to their Android client. Much like with Google Listen, the lack of updates or introduction of new features was a sign that things were slowly coming to an end.


Via:  Google Blog

  • Relex

    This sucks…I guess I bought press for nothing. I use press daily since I started flipping stuff from craigslist to ebay. I have several different things setup in press so I can get notified for new posting for things I buy to flip.

  • br_hermon

    Is there any chance that Google could unload this like they did the Android App Inventor to MIT? Maybe someone else could take over operation?

  • gk08

    There is a change.org petition for Google to rethink this. I wouldn’t hold out much hope but it can’t hurt to sign it.


    63,000 signatures so far.

  • Harold Goldner

    I feel like I just learned an old friend has a terminal disease. Viewing on Android’s easy (have always used GReader). What about on the Windows desktop?

  • Kevin Dahlstrom

    I am actually angry about this. I use Reader as my sole RSS feed system. I rely on it ALL of the time. Very frustrated at this point. I will now have to find something else I guess. Just don’t know where to start for something that is this simple and easy to use. Not a good move in my opinion.

  • Even ignoring how much we love reader, mobile access, etc, the most attractive part to me (same for iGoogle) is the single-login for everything. I love being able to open sites (docs, calendar, etc) and not have to login to each one on each device.

  • First iGoogle and now Reader. Other than Gmail, these are the only two tabs I have continuously open at work.

  • Craig

    I use http://www.waurb.com for all my news. Does the job good.

  • No need to cry. Try Skimr http://www.skimr.co

  • Droid-Life, Can you plllleeeassseeee include pictures in your RSS Feed. I know its a small difference but idk, to me, its just pleasing to see the pictures you guys put with your articles

    • I see the pictures just fine in Google Reader. I really appreciate that they don’t truncate posts like some sites do.

  • Paul Otto

    -1 lol

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    iGoogle is closing it’s doors also……

    • crack

      As someone who uses iGoogle everyday (it’s my homepage), I’m still frustrated that when they said they were ended it they mentioned that there are “easy ways with chrome to replicate that functionality”. I ditched FF and moved to chrome just for that. It’s been almost a year now and I still cannot replicate the easiness of iGoogle. It just sucks that they’re ditching it.

  • Alex S

    Is both “News Blur” AND “Feedly” unusable for anyone else right now? It’s like they’re having heavy traffic or something…

  • Mike

    Shame, I was thinking about converting to it. Someone needs to make a Holo-compliant News Reader that works properly for Android. I’ll pay for it.

    Pulse is sucking more and more by the day.

  • So I’m hoping they’re going to expand Google+ to accommodate the capabilities that people still depend on today.
    God, this is almost as scary as Sears going out of business. (God forbid.) {{-_-}}

    • SeanBello

      there’s a feed reader built into G+ if I’m not mistaken

  • hgomes30


  • I go through more than 1000 posts spanning 150+ feeds a day in my Reader setup. Now, who is going to handle all that traffic.

  • This is somewhat frustrating however that means there reader will most likely be integrated into their Google Plus – albeit a crappier way. Hopefully all the same features in reader shows up in G+ feed reader.

    Smart move tho to MAKE you use G+, esp when most dont.

  • dsass600

    Just use currents…

    • Abhisshack D

      mark my word bastard Google will kill current sooner or later

  • nacho220

    Had to chime in as like most others here, Reader one of my most used apps. Thumbs way down on this!

  • hashtagtroll


  • I keep google reader open on my desktop, and I love how easy it is to add a article to pocket or share to google plus. Currents is ok but there is no desktop version for it

  • DanWazz


  • RGiskard

    This gets a sincere WTF!!!!!!

    How much was it really dragging down the Google to support Reader??? Bah…

  • I saw this article on my Google Reader. WTF

  • Ben Modica


  • MikeSaver

    What the hell am I supposed to do now? I rely on Reader day in day out

  • this is just terrible and is one of the things that really frustrates me about Google. they offer a product better than anyone else, effectively putting everyone else out of business, and then eventually they can kill off that product and leave you high and dry with no warning or good alternatives. why not transfer to a paid approach? I would pay a small amount of money each month for google reader.

  • miguel martinez

    I’ve been using Google Currents, isn’t that the equivalent to this? Its great.

    • Abhisshack D

      dont get high hope for it . bastard Google will kill current sooner or later because thats the logical next step for those m0ther fuck3rs

  • brandon

    would this effect the currents app?

    • Abhisshack D

      bastard Google will kill current sooner or later you just wait

  • iPhonesucks

    Isn’t Google Currents better anyways? What’s the difference?

  • Rodeojones000

    Wow. This is incredibly disappointing.

  • Jason Shankle

    One of my three pinned tabs. Opened every day on my phone too. Wth Google?

  • Daniel

    this is horrible…Google Reader was by-far the most-used site on the entire Internet for me…this is the first move that truly feels EVIL to me 🙁

  • I used to use “FeedR” before Google released their official app. I’m not sure how it is now, but it was pretty good back then. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.feedr

  • Franz

    This is very sad news. Google Reader is one of my most used features (but through clients).

    I hope the lack of updates to Google Apps is not a trend that it will die – looking at you Google Voice.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Think it’s time for a Droid-Life Top 5 Rss Readers Article

  • Astromek21

    Another very disappointed all day user here…

  • ßen Murphy
  • Evan Fleming

    DAMMIT. What the hell do I use now that’ll sync across Android, iOS, and Chrome? HALP.

  • humidity

    No ticket to Google IO this morning, Andy Rubin is no longer leading Android, and now this!? What a crappy day…

  • FarmerTechno

    First iGoogle now Reader?! What’s next, Chrome? Android?

  • Andrew

    Noooooooooooo!! 🙁

  • Google Listen is my jam. Thanks to Titanium Backup, I’ve had the same apk that I brought with me from my OG. RIP Reader…

  • Bendroid55

    First iGoogle, now this. Google, STAHP! You’re breaking the way I use the internet!

  • Sqube

    I don’t know what I did to deserve this, Google, but I’m sorry.

  • Roog

    I’m shopping for alternatives. I just found this article, published minutes ago, to start: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57574201-233/google-reader-is-dying-but-we-have-five-worthy-alternatives/

  • siibel

    Google i haaaate youuuuuuuu 🙁

  • JoeTi

    That F’ing blows! I have to test out something quick because I use GReader every day! Any good alternatives? Kellex, on a platter – I think its a good time for a POLL QUESTION, don’t you?!

  • raddacle

    Think its time for a poll to see who actually still uses Reader- and I’m one of them.

  • FulanoDotel

    Would be nice if Google simply handed Reader or its architecture over to a third party instead of this. If we remaining loyal users are so insignificant to their bottom line that they can just toss us aside, then surely there would be little risk in letting it live elsewhere.

  • shcommish

    Not a happy camper

  • irtechneo

    Scrollable news widget is a good one and highly customizable.

  • I read this is Google reader.

    • I’d imagine that a few people did. What a weird move by Google.

      • Kane Stapler

        So will Press stop working?

      • PSU_DI

        doesn’t google currents support rss. I can only imagine that the reader has declining users due to currents. I know I stopped using reader almost a year ago due to currents.

      • tyguy829

        I read this in press, which will also stop working unless they come up with their own backend solution

    • Andrew Merewitz

      As did I.. This is really weird they are killing off Reader.

      • MikeSaver

        I was more bummed about Google Reader being killed off then Wes Welker leaving the Patriots

        • AnotherAndroidKid

          As a Jet’s fan I couldn’t agree more.

          But seriously. Although we saw this coming with the lack of support a year or so ago, I still use reader as it just works. Trying out Feedly and Taptu right now.

    • Joe Sheffer

      No? No one? Ok, guess it’ll be me.

      SO META.

    • It feels silly. But I seriously almost started welling up at this announcement. Why close it down? The appeal of Google is how its possible to have everything in one place.This is just ridiculous.

    • Matt Larson

      Me too. This made me really check out Currents tonight. While it seems a lot slower right now you can easily search for rss feeds and I’ve already added all of my Google Reader feeds. So it may not be as bad as I thought.

      • Abhisshack D

        dont do that, mark my word bastard Google will kill current sooner or later

    • jarrod


  • irtechneo

    Well that sucks. Google Reader is my most used and favorite app on android. I tried some other ones and always came back to reader for its ease of use and great syncing ability. All good things must come to an end I suppose.

  • gchahinian

    Well this sucks, after gmail this is my most used Google app

  • Balthazar_B

    I use Reader, but it’s hardly the greatest exemplar of its function. It’s fair to say inertia has kept me from using a different RSS feed aggregator. The main thing I want is for whatever I use to be associated with my G+ ID, and I have no doubt there’ll be many worthy — and superior — choices out there for this.

  • Dustin Wen

    If currents had a web app. Maybe I wouldn’t be annoyed

  • Brandon Duckett

    Anyone have any recommendations for what to migrate to? Something that is either web based, can sync across computers, and/or can be used on both android and pc in sync at least?

    • antwonw

      Wondering the same thing.

    • Lifehacker just posted an article on Google Reader alternatives: http://lifehacker.com/5990456/google-reader-is-getting-shut-down-here-are-the-best-alternatives

    • I am messing with several right now. The best I have seen so far is http://bazqux.com/ – VERY similar interface to Google Reader, and actually a lot faster. The downisde is that it’s a paid service, but on the upside of that, it’s a “pay what you can” service that starts at $9 per year from what I can see.

    • Abhisshack D

      Feedly seems good to me . it has Android and web based app

      • Feedly said they are cloning the google reader API. When that happens, you’ll be able to have a feely account and sync between your devices with ease.

    • michael arazan

      Flipboard allows you to fill it with any source you want and updates and refreshes regularly

    • Try importing your feeds into Google Currents and Feedly. I’m playing with both of these apps and they are both actually quite nice.

      • Currents is only an app, though. A lot of people using Reader like to be able to access their feeds from a PC, too.

  • Jim McClain

    Ive never used it or really even heard of it lol

  • Richard Jackson

    I guess they really want me to use Current. I really like the minimal look of Reader.

  • Brandon Golway

    Well that really sucks, I use Google Reader every day!

  • Nayners

    This will all be OK if Google makes Currents more accessible to RSS feeds.

    • Abhisshack D

      mark my word bastard Google will kill current sooner or later

  • I wish Press had a Web app…

  • TheDon12

    Whyyyyy??? :'(

    Anyone have any recommendations on a good alternative?

    • antwonw

      Wondering the same.

  • Dustin Wen

    Reader is really useful…there aren’t many apps that both an android app and web app.

    • Balthazar_B

      Don’t worry, there will be many…

      • There better be dammit, or we’re all screwed.

  • Greg Haney

    With Google Reader as my first pinned tab in Chrome, this news is devastating. I average over 1000 articles from RSS feeds and at least 2 hours of time spent within Reader per day. Giving all that web time/traffic to someone else? Bad move Google.

    • Scott Senne

      Feedly will auto move your google reader stuff over. They are being hammered right now tho.

  • AGreenV5

    seriously? I use google reader for all of my news. I sure hope they replace it with something…

  • Realistic87


  • ßen Murphy


  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Double u tee eff

  • Austin Warren

    Not everything lasts forever.

  • This will hurt good apps like Press, gReader, and Feedly which were built on Reader. Disappointed as Reader is probably the second most used Google service I use after Gmail

    • Justin Winker

      I have to say that Google Reader is the single most-used service that I use currently to keep up-to-date on news. I’m kind of upset to see it go, but I think that DLife needs to do an article on alternatives 🙂

  • antwonw

    What alternative would you suggest? Because I use Reader for all of my RSS feeds

    • nhizzat

      Same here

    • John

      Feedburner is the big one. They are supported by Reeder which is the best ios Rss app. Not sure if android apps use it or not though.

      • Daniel

        pretty sure Google bought Feedburner a while ago so that’s a dead end too…

        • Don’t go to Feedburner. That’s probably next on Google’s kill list.

    • Started looking around and so far Feedly seems to be a pretty good replacement. I would like to try Newsblur, but they are down due to everyone hopping from Greader to them.

    • Balthazar_B

      Feedly and Taptu are well-known. Flipboard on Android? Quite a few choices out there. Granted, none is a clone of Reader.

    • John Karaman

      Google currents kinda functions as reader.

      • Abhisshack D

        mark my word bastard Google will kill current sooner or later

    • antwonw

      I think everyone should call Google HQ Telephone Reps and complain: 650.253.0000

  • sahilm

    As one of those “loyal” users I am very upset. I check it probably 30 times a day and for me it’s still simply the best way to move through lots of content from many different websites.

    This is a long shot, but I hope Google changes its mind over this one.

    • john

      they intend you to use currents which have rss and a beatiful ui

      • John

        As someone in IT, I follow too many feeds for Currents. I need a web based UI version to follow all of my sites

      • Currents is an app, though, not a service. I use Reader primarily from a browser. it’s nice that it tracks what I have read and not-read across multiple devices

  • ughdonttakemyreader

    WHAT?! NO! Reader gets me through my workday. What do people suggest as web alternatives?

    • Abhisshack D