Sunday, March 24, 2013

Finding a News Reader Replacement for Google Reader- Here are the top 5 alternatives

I have been a loyal fan of Google Reader for a long time since Google has announced that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Fortunately, it's not the end of the world. There are a number of great news reading apps on the market and now we simply have to get used to the idea and find a new RSS reader replacement by July 1st. Today, we’re going to find the best News Reader replacement for Google Reader,taking into account that the service needed to be as close to Google Reader's feature set (syncing, multi-platform, web-accessible) as possible.

1.  Feedly
I have tried quite a few of them and my personal favorite is Feedly, which is available as a web app, just like Google Reader, but they also have apps for iOS and Android.
 Feedly
You can use Feedly subscribe the content of your favorite sites, rss feeds, tumblr blogs and YouTube channels.  And when you run feedly on a phone and on a tablet, the configuration will automatically syncs between both devices.

Now the feedly UI is custom tailored for a 4" phone, a 7" tablet and a 10" tablet. You will get an experience which is very close to a personalized magazine if you run feedly on a tablet.

2.  Google Currents
Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading. But you cannot follow your subscriptions on the computer or on devices where these apps are not supported. That’s quite a drawback.
Google Currents
The app includes features like:
Publisher editions: you can read full length, in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, and slideshows from Publishers such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, and more.

Google Currents uses Google search technology to deliver the hottest breaking stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. As you travel to different countries, additional breaking stories are added to match your location. And Currents uses Google translate technology to translate editions into a preferred language of your choice. 44 languages are supported now.

3.  Pulse
Pulse News brings all your favorite blogs, magazines, social networks and newspapers in one place for FREE. Just tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote.
Pulse
With this app, you can also share a story via Facebook, Twitter, Google + and email as easy as one tap. Pulse for android now has been downloaded by over 20 million users.

4.  NewsBlur
NewsBlur has a really well built interface that's also similar to Google Reader, but with some useful bells and whistles that make reading a bit more fun or easy on the eyes.
 NewsBlur
You can toggle the original view and display articles the way they show up on their respective sites, or read them the way they're presented in their RSS feeds, or view them text-only to get rid of the images and the page fluff. You can share stories with friends, save them for future reading, star them, start your own "blurblog" of featured stories you want to share, and more. Free accounts are capped at 64 blogs, 10 stories at a time, and public sharing options. Premium users ($24/yr) can subscribe to as many sites as they want, get all the latest stories at one time, get faster site refreshes, can share publicly or privately, and of course support the service.

 NewsBlur have apps for iOS and Android.

5.  Flipboard
Flipboard
Flipboard brings together world news and social news in a beautiful magazine. Once you pick a few topics, your Flipboard is built and you can instantly start flipping through the pages of news you care about and stories and photos friends are sharing. You can Connect Flipboard to up to 12 social networks, streamlining your reading and activities like commenting, liking and sharing. Services include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren.

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