In my previous post End of Google Reader and gReader combo: offline reading Android alternatives I started to look out for alternatives to the gReader Android application. Well, my quest is over, and I’m still using gReader.
So what happened?
I searched Google Play for “RSS” and I got more than 1000 results. A plethora of apps which all are “simple”, “fast” and “intuitive” – basically each and every one of them the IS the best RSS reader out there 🙂 I scanned them for having an ‘offline reading’ feature, compiled a shortlist and installed a few on my Sony Xperia. I exported all my subscriptions through Google Takeout to see my RSS candicates hopefully were able to import them without any pain if they couldn’t connect to my Google Reader account directly.
Why mobilizing at all?
Replacing gReader backed by Google Reader
So here’s my chronological journey of 5 alternative candidates, with a short summary of my experience.
5. FeedR News Reader (2.1.13)
Pros: Import from Google Reader, so I was up in no time. Cons: Display & presentation not my cup of tea: not a clear general view of feeds, list view or detail view. Articles can be set to ‘expand one at a time’ inside the list view – so you’re actually in the list view instead of detail view. Or you can, by selecting a feed, inmediately jump to the first article – so skipping the listview. Collapsing and expanding. Nice feature: Integration with Pocket. Offline reading & mobilizing: per article you have the option to ‘mobilize’ the content using Google Mobilizer, but there’s no option to have items automatically downloaded, mobilized and saved in the cache for offline reading. Continue reading “End of Google Reader and gReader combo: Feedly Cloud and gReader”