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Feedly Releases New Update on Android – Introduces New Discovery Tool, Pull-to-Refresh, Easy Sharing and More

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Feedly, the app that plans to take the RSS reigns from Google Reader when it’s retired in July, released a new version of its app on Android this morning. Over the last two weeks, Feedly has added some 3 million new users thanks to Google’s announcement, prompting the team to quickly upgrade their apps to be much more polished, stable, and feature rich. After spending the weekend with this new version in place of Press (my usual RSS reader app), I can easily say that I’m a fan of what Feedly is up to. 

The UI of Feedly’s app is completely swipe and gesture based. If you want to access your folders or feed lists, there is a panel to the left side which can be accessed with a swipe. If you want to refresh your feeds in this panel, simply pull down to refresh. As you read through stories, a swipe left or right gets you to the next article in line. A swipe upwards from the bottom marks the item as read and takes you back to your list of articles. From your view of articles, a swipe upwards takes you to the next list of unreads. As you continue down, continuous swipes upwards will get you to the end of your list which then allows you to mark all as read. A swipe from the right side gets you into the brand new Feedly discovery engine, where you’ll have access to 50 million different new sources. As you can see, it’s all about swiping left and right or up and down.

The app also has night and day themes, color coded folders, different viewing options, quick share buttons for services like Twitter, Google+ and Pocket, and more. It’s a fully-featured RSS app that is certainly worth a look should you be in the market for something new once Google kills off Reader.

Here are the rest of the new features:

  • A faster and more intuitive vertical transition model.
  • Brand new widget.
  • New layouts for Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
  • Better control over the list, magazine and mosaic views.
  • Better Youtube integration.
  • New explore panel.

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  • MikeSaver

    Feedly is alright but if they changed their widget or got integration with APW’s Pro Widgets it would be ideal for me.

  • jim

    Reader (formerly Reader HD) by Age of Mobile is unfortunately still the most underrated -and neglected – reader app on the Play Store.

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Dubb Greezy

    Currents does the same thing reader did. I dont see what the big deal is.

    • Alan Paone

      It only downloads the last 24 hours’ worth of news, which is totally useless

  • Trisjen Harris

    I just started using this app and I easily prefer the layout and look of this app over Pulse which I have been using for years now.

  • Chris Beidelman

    I switched from Feedly to Tiny Tiny RSS (TTRSS) last week. You host it on your own server (I host it on a very cheap, $1 a month server). It can be accessed via the Web (OK experience, nothing spectacular) and through an Android app.

    The Android app is pretty good, although was missing a few features I wanted. Luckily, it is open source, so I pulled the source and made some tweaks (increased Title size, allowed font selections and font sizes, and a few other minor tweaks).

    The offline mode is pretty good – downloads 500 articles and (optionally) images. You can also set the feed updator to check as often as you want (my cron job checks every 5 minutes, and does a -force-update so all the feeds are checked. Feedly relied on Google Reader to update feeds, and sometimes they took hours to update.

  • baconslayer09

    I’d totally switch over from Taptu if Feedly gave me a nice transparent scrollable widget like Taptu provides.

  • William Ku

    is there offline mode for this thing? can’t seem to find a good reader that does offline mode better than currents. but currents suck so hard right now.

  • http://twitter.com/jon_kruse Jon Kruse

    Is there a reason it didn’t ask me to update, it just did it itself?

  • Ryan

    I dont trust anything posted today!

  • Anonymous

    Still looks like absolute garbage.

    I want an app that stays out of my way like Reader did. This app has too much flashy graphics, wasted whitespace, and bells/whistles.

    • DroidzFX

      So don’t use it. Problem solved.

      • J. Gilbertson

        But problem is what app can provide the same user experience that Google Reader had while maintaining a RSS backend server.

    • http://twitter.com/mrjayviper Jayel Villamin

      I don’t think freshly never marketed themselves as Google reader replacement…

  • Eric

    Here comes apple suing for pull to refresh on android.

    • r0lct

      Twitter has the patent on that…

      • Alan Paone

        And they’ve said they won’t sue over it…

        • r0lct

          Correct, Twitter put that under IP they said people don’t need to license as long as they don’t resell and don’t sue Twitter over any IP. Similar to what Google is trying to push.

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing