TWALKITOUT: In a few hours from now, Google will shut down its Reader service and Reader’s APIs. This means nothing to you if you don’t know what RSS feeds are. But for the millions who depends on RSS feeds to receive the stream of information, this is simply devastating. Not just the clients of Google Feed Reader but the apps like NextGen reader and a lot other use Reader’s back end to provide their services. With Google’s API being shutdown, they now have to find a new home to continue their services.
If you are a user of Google Feed Reader, don’t worry. A few services now promise to offer the near-Reader experience to the Google Feed Reader refugees. We take a look at a few.
Availability – Online, iPhone, iPad
Digg is known for its simple and elegant design. They have brought in the same in their all NEW (Yup! It released to public only yesterday) Reader. Betaworks, the company behind Digg, had no real plans into the RSS feeds apps until Google Feed Reader’s sunsetting in March this year. The team had quickly sprung into work (Digg is a team of just 11 members) and just in time they had delivered a nice, if not superb, product. It is clean, it is simple and it is bugless. But the functionality is limited atleast for now. The team had said they are working on everything and most features should be up by first week of July. Also expect an Android app by the end of July.
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Availability – Online, iPhone, iPad, Android
Feedly is an old player in the field. But with Google Feed Reader’s demise they have taken a prime spot by including an API support for the 3rd party apps. Most apps that relied on Google Feed Reader’s APIs are now moving on Feedly. They have also designed a one-click import tool to move your Google Feed Reader contents.
Availability – Online, iPhone, Android
This is for the ones who could spend a few bucks to have a stable reader. It offers a free account with some limitations, but with a Premium account you are good to go. The story is reiterated by the number of Premium users of the app that accounts for more than 40% of its user base.
And the rest…
That’s really not the end. There is a long list of these apps. But we tried to provide you with the best of them. If you are pretty new to RSS and don’t really know what to try, we strongly recommend the most simple and fluid Digg Reader. If you would like to see a long list of apps try ReaderReplacement, an online service created by 3 Stanforders to vote for the best Google Feed Reader Replacement.
And for the folks of Windows 8 (there should be someone like me), try using NextGen Reader (back end powered by Feedly), Pulse and News360. Or just wait for Flipboard to arrive.
RIP Google Feed Reader! You will be missed by millions…
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