Reader Wars: The final chapter

Shortly after Google announced that they were closing down Google Reader, I started investigating alternatives. After looking at Feedly, Newsblur, Netvibes and Pulse, I came to three confusions conclusions:

  1. Feedly is the nicest alternative, but does not have the offline support I require.
  2. Pulse is a disappointing product, but does a good enough job to be my RSS reader until I find something better.
  3. I was getting bored, and somebody would probably invent a better solution before Google took Reader offline.

We are now less than a month away from Reader’s demise, and there has been progress!

Namely, Feedly, the solution I liked has decided to help a fellow out:

We are also hearing from users that saving their feeds is not enough: One of the key features of Google Reader was that they had an ecosystem of apps – apps that people love and depend upon.

We have been working behind the curtains with the developers of Reeder,Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader as design partners for our Normandy project[1]. Today we are excited to announce that you will be able to access your feedly from all these apps before Google Reader retires and that the access to feedly API will be free. More details soon.

There is no mention of Flow Reader, which is my current tool. But I have previously used both Reeder and gReader, and the person behind Flow appears to be looking at it as well.

And it appears as though offline reading will be coming to Feedly Pro, eventually.

Hopefully, that is all on this subject, and the Big Bad Blog can move on to other things.


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