My Google Reader Replacement(s)

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 had been using Feedler on my iPad, but they are yet to announce any definitive plans to support Feedly so that is history, after trying a few options I settled on Newsify for the iPad.

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?

5 Responses to My Google Reader Replacement(s)
  1. Adam Gartenberg
    June 26, 2013 | 9:53 am

    I made the switch to feedly, too. I’m not sure if this is what you meant on the display of read and unread items, but if you go into the settings icon for a feed, there is a checkbox filter for show unread only or show all. I’m not sure if there’s a universal setting, though, or if you’d need to set it feed-by-feed.

    • Mitch Cohen
      June 26, 2013 | 11:50 am

      That is exactly what I am looking for, I can’t find it as a universal preference but at least I can turn it on now for certain feeds as I go aloing.


  2. David Barry
    June 26, 2013 | 11:14 am

    The new Feedly in the cloud work great.

  3. Chris Whisonant
    June 26, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    I’ve been using Feedly too in browser and on Tablet. Wish they’d enable mark as unread on tablet and not just save for later.

    For unread, go to one of your categories and to top right on the settings cog thingy and choose unread only. This may help?

    Agree on search, though I hardly used it in Google Reader. Sounds like Digg is only enabling search for paid subscribers.

    I do like Feedly now, though. I tried it in the past but wasn’t quite as happy then.

  4. Luis Benitez
    July 3, 2013 | 6:55 pm

    Tried both Feedly and Newsify on iPad and chose Newsify as well. Reeder on Mac, but need that to support Feedly now.