Google surprised, and more over, shocked everyone throughout the tech industry when it declared that it would be dropping off Google Reader in July 2013. Despite a recent decrease in usage statistics, many people and apps still rely on this service.
But why fear? we have you covered. We’ve done all of the hard work, and put together a nice list of 12 Google Reader alternatives.
Below are 12 available, or soon-to-be available alternatives and replacements for Google Reader (in no particular order).
- Netvibes – they define it as a “personalized dashboard”, but this useful and powerful RSS reader makes no mistake. Adding content is fun, and though it looks a bit disordered at first, it has a ‘reader’ view that will make Google Reader users feel right at home (see image above).
- NewsBlur – this is a blown Google Reader alternative. After setting up an account, you can customize your RSS news feeds and sync them to native iOS and Android devices.
- Feedly – currently this service relies on Google Reader to sync your news feeds between devices. But it says that it has made a copy of Google Reader’s API, and when Google Reader shuts down in July, its clone will get into the works for a “seamless transition”. Feedly is available on iOS, Android and in form of a plugin for most major desktop browsers.
- Reeder - this popular app for iOS and Mac also currently depends on Reeder accounts. But shortly after Google’s announcement, its developer tweeted “Don’t worry, Reeder won’t die with Google Reader,” saying that he has some sort of master plan in his head.
- Pulse - this app first launched on iPad back in 2010, and now we love it. It doesn’t rely on Google Reader at all, and it’s available on iOS, Android and the web. It’s so popular, in fact, that there are rumors around it’s been acquired by LinkedIn.
- Flipboard - while this everyone’s favorite iOS/Android app offers Google Reader integration, it doesn’t rely on it. Creating a Flipboard account will allow you to save all of your news feeds, and sync them between devices. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to see your Flipboard feeds on your desktop platform yet.
- Taptu - it is an RSS reader focused on images, available on any platform you can think of. It offers logging in with an existing social network account (Twitter, Facebook, etc), and you’re ready to start customizing your feeds and syncing them with any iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Kindle.
- HiveMined - this is an upcoming soon RSS reader service that looks very promising. It’s about 81% complete, according to the developer, who describes the project like this: “Remember the old Google Reader? Yeah, that. I miss it and I am working on recreating it.”
- Google Currents – this service remained largely unknown for over a year, but a major update in January revolved it into a solid Flipboard contender. The good news is, it works with any Google account and is available on both iOS and Android. The bad news is, there isn’t a way to read your feeds on the web right now.
- Good Noows – this is another nice alternative to Google Reader. It allows you to sign in using a variety of social network accounts, and its great web interface lets you quickly add and view RSS feeds. The downside here is that despite the fact that it’s been around for a while, there doesn’t appear to be a mobile app.
- The Old Reader – this one was a popular choice in the comments. The web user interface is among the cleanest we have come across, and the service provides an easy way for you to import your Google Reader accounts. Unfortunately, there’s no mobile app here either. But it at least offers a mobile site.
- Twitter - if none of the above options sound appealing, and you’re ready to just ditch RSS reader apps all together, you might try using Twitter. Creating a list of your favorite websites, like WinAppleWorld, will provide you with a stream of news-related posts.
- FeedaMail – its a nice alternative to Google Reader and other feed readers. Add in your favorite websites and the they will actually email you every new post that comes up. This will help you to read the feeds and stories on your computer or any mobile phone.
- Zite – the team behind this mind blowing news app just announced that it has made a Google Reader alternative for its service. Zite is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
In Google’s blog said that it would be closing down Reader on July 1st, giving you a little over 3 months to find a replacement. But hey! You got Google Reader alternatives quite early din’t you?
Thanks to iDB and couple of my friends for giving me info on a few of the above services.
Know any other great service? Let us know in the comments below!