After Google announced the shutdown of Google Reader in March I went through a period of denial, surely Google would change their mind. By mid May I realized I better start looking for alternatives, and with less than a week to go until Google Reader shuts down I think I have settled on my replacements.
I check my RSS feeds on my PC, Android Phone (Samsung Galaxy SIII), and on my iPad. Having them all in sync is probably the most important feature to me. After trying a few alternatives here is where I landed.
Feedly - it has been around for a while working with Google Reader, but never worked for me in the past. The folks at Feedly have done an incredible amount of work in the last 100 days, and with a little time spent tweaking the preferences it is working well for me. Some features I am missing
- Search (for when I can’t remember where I read something)
- Ability to display read and unread items
- Drag and Drop sorting of feeds and categories (they can be sorted just not via drag and drop)
Given the amount of work Feedly has done so far to fill the Google Reader void I am optimistic that things like search will be addressed sooner rather than later.
A while back I ditched the Google Reader app on my phone and replaced it with Press. I was very happy when Press and Feedly announced they would work together and support Feedly in Press. I am happily continuing to use Press on my phone, it should all be this easy.
I am aware that Feedly has native apps for iOS and Android neither of which worked for me and the way I like to read.
I may have to check out the reader that the folks at Digg have been working on, but right now it seems to be missing a large number of features in its early stages.
If you were a Google Reader where have you moved? What mobile apps are you using?