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Press Reader Receives “Huge” Update with Dark Theme, Immersive Mode, New Gestures, and More

Press, one of our favorite RSS readers of all time, received a massive or “huge” update tonight to version 1.5. For those not familiar, Press was introduced around the time that Google decided to kill off Google Reader, however, it survived thanks to RSS services like Feedly. It’s both beautifully designed with Android design guidelines, has been buttery smooth for ages, and continues to see enhancements with each update – tonight’s being the perfect example. 

After the update, users will find an optional dark or “night” theme to help save you from the blinding brightness that is your phone at early morning hours. The update also features one-tap saving to Pocket or Instapaper, plus new gestures for starring items, sharing, and marking as read. If you are on Kit Kat (Android 4.4), you will be able to take advantage of Immersive Mode while reading articles (toggle on in Settings>Reading) as well.

The full changelog:

It’s a huge update, with lots of goodies:
– Dark theme
– All new light theme
– Immersive mode when viewing articles (KitKat devices)
– One-tap saving to Pocket/Instapaper (configure in Settings)
– New gestures in article list
– Swipe to mark as read/starred
– Swipe and pull left/right to reveal quick actions
– Font scaling for accessibility
– Localization for several languages
– Bug fixes, performance enhancements

Play Link ($2.99)

Here are some of the new features in action:

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I just use Play Newsstand. It has all the Websites I read and it seems the articles are updated qickly. I like how it greys out the ones i have read through already.

  • Ian Case

    I wish they’d add an option to automatically load the articles in readability format rather than having to push a button. 2 of the RSS feeds I have won’t show the full article unless you do it in readability or goto to the site, so you get like, 6 or 7 lines, and thats it.

  • Jaime Kerr

    I tried it a long time ago for about 10 minutes, but am I correct in remembering Press doesn’t let you add new feeds? You had to do that through a Feedly account or something to that effect?

  • SA_NYC

    Apologies for the very basic question, but how does an RSS reader like this compare to an aggregator like Pulse? I tried Google RSS once and didn’t have much luck with it, and have been with Pulse ever since, and use it all the time. Any significant advantage with a RSS app? Thanks in advance.

  • Alan Paone

    Wow this update is awful 🙁 did they miss the memo that Pocket (and literally every other read-later or note app) is already integrated at the system level? Such a waste of their own time to develop a new workflow that is slower than the old one. it’s cool that there’ll be buttons for me to never ever press though.
    The swipe to mark a article as read is so flaky, I really miss having a button to tap.

  • Yakuzahi

    After you update your website you said that you will think about the picture before the subject thing, to see if you will change it to the way it use to be like most of the websites, that the subject before the picture. I guess you have decided to leave it like that.

    • Drummer62

      It is subject (title) before the picture.

  • sonicyoof

    If only it supported the Old Reader…

  • Nate Bousfield

    This is probably the most used app on my phone. I use feedbin.me and it is almost better than Google Reader.

  • mrjayviper

    nice update to my fave RSS reader app! 😀

  • Joe Thomas

    Wish this update came out before I started using Flyne. Flyne has definitely has become my new favorite news reader but Press is still one of the best out there.

  • I love Press, it’s one of the few RSS readers that supports almost all other RSS Platforms. I use Fever on my server and I connect it to press 🙂