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by Larry Sullivan

I read a lot of blogs every day. It is the only way to keep up with what is going on in the world of mobile technology. Having said that, my Google reader is pretty important. I tried a number of different RSS readers and some work better than others. As with most apps, it probably comes down to personal taste.

Feedly. Google Reader News RSS (Free)

Feedly is a slick, easy to setup RSS reader. Once you log-in to your Google reader, you can simply swipe your way to reading. If you swipe from the left side to the right, you will see the folder structure you have set up in your Google Reader. In addition to the folders you can quickly access today’s posts, posts saved for later, and the settings. Swipe from the right side to the left, you will spot some predefined categories such as tech, news, business, gaming, and cinema that you can search and browse. Swiping from the bottom to the top will reveal the freshest posts.

Within the settings you can modify a number of different items such as transitions, your start page, app theme, fonts, and link the app to your accounts on Pocket, Instapaper, Bit.ly, and email. The articles rendered nicely in the app and I found it very easy read, save, and share posts.


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Press (Google Reader) ($2.99)

Press is a relatively new RSS reader and will only work on devices running Jelly Bean. It is a very polished app and has a minimalist design. After you log in, you will see a screen with three options - all unread, all read, and all stared. Simply swipe to switch between them. To read an article, select the folder or subscription. The one thing about this app is that is seems like you have to swipe numerous times to get to the final article. I use folders and found I need to click or swipe three times to get to the article. Within each article you can modify the font and easily share or save the post.

The app has some general settings you can modify, such as sync times, maximum items to sync, notifications, and order of articles. There is not a lot of fluff to the app but that is what most users appreciate. The app works well on both Android phone and tablet screens.

gReader (Google Reader | RSS) (Free)

Right now, this is my favorite RSS reader. The paid version does not have ads and couple of other options and was recently updated. gReader shows you the articles per folder, then you simply hit the arrow to expand the view and see articles per feed. To read the articles, choose the feed and scroll up and down and swipe left/right to show the menu.

The app comes with three themes and a ton of settings such as synchronization, offline reading, notifications, cache (cleaning), reading preferences, languages, and services (EverClip, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Readability, Pocket, and Instapaper). There is even a backup/restore feature. With gReader it is very easy to find, read, and share posts. The organization of the app and feeds, plus its ability to use multi-windows in the Galaxy Note 2 is fantastic.

Sophie Reader (Free )

Sophie Reader is an interesting reader. It is the engine that drives Deer Reader, which is another RSS reader from the same developer, Reindeer Crafts. After you log in you will be given a random article to read. You can see your Feed List, organized by folders and a number of the new posts available for each feed. You can click on each feed and then a open up each post to read. You can easily save or share each post from the options in the top menu.

This RSS reader is not bad, but is not as polished as some of the others in this list. Within the settings, you can change the app theme, font sizes, and typeface, line spacing, notifications, and the sync frequency. The Deer Reader which is built on this reader only will work on JellyBean devices.

These are just some of the RSS readers out on the Android market today. If you are looking for one, make sure to try them out and see which will serve your needs. As Android OS develops, you can bet that the Google RSS readers will get better.