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With the upcoming demise of Google Reader, many new RSS loyalists have been searching for alternatives. Feedly is one of those alternatives, and it has now introduced a new version of its iOS and Android apps. The update brings a better search as well as a new ‘Must Reads’ section for recommended reading.

According to Feedly, 3 million new readers have joined up since Google’s announcement 2 weeks ago, and to make sure they stay happy, Feedly has reworked its algorithm to tap into what its community is searching for, and find the most relevant feed results for each user’s search. Feedly is calling it “a more productive way to search“, and supported by the interactions of the entire Feedly community, it should help you discover new and interesting feeds to read.

 

Feedly is also introducing a new ‘Must Reads’ section which is very similar to a personal favorites section. Posts from your feeds which you promote as a ‘must read’ will move up to the top of the feed selection panel and into the ‘Today’ section. Other small readability improvements include a pull to refresh gesture to display the latest content, a new title-only view to make scanning of headlines easier, and a redesigned sharing panel to share and save article for later. Support for Google+ has also been added.

Feedly is a cross-platform feed reader which is now available for iOS and Android (tablet supported on both), and as a browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. You give it a try by downloading the app from the App Store, Google Play, or Feedly’s homepage.

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What do you think of the update? Does it make Google Reader’s departure less painful?

Source: Feedly

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  1. Caroline W
    August 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Hi, since the date of this article, Feedly has introduced the 'must read' service and thanks to your info - I know what it means now!

    One other gem I have discovered is that Feedly has it's own 'subscribe by rss' button as a plugin for wordpress.org blogs so it adds feeds directly to your Feedly content or rather site visitors to it. Seems like Feedly is going from strength to strength.

    I have always used Feedly in preference to the old Google Reader - I just don't know any other on offer to rival it.

    Lastly just to add about the search feature, it's great. When you type in a feeds URL, Feedly brings the site up, icon and all. And if you can't subscribe by a sites URL then Feedly's blog shows you how to tweak it to obtain it; and it works :)

    • Saikat Basu
      August 18, 2013 at 5:11 am

      True. Lot's of little gems around the place. Thanks for mentioning the information for our readers :)

  2. Luis Sanchez
    April 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    They REMOVED the "search in my feedly" feature. Sure, "improved search."

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      April 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Maybe it's still there, but buried under fancy new name?

      • Luis Sanchez
        April 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        It seems to be gone.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      It's on the right side - the little magnifying glass icon.

      • Luis Sanchez
        April 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

        I can't find it. Of course I see the magnifying glass. I'm talking about searching for a specific term among old entries, like google reader does.

    • Luis Sanchez
      April 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      So, yes, they removed the "search in my feedly" feature. I'm not the only one who wants it back:
      https://feedly.uservoice.com/forums/192636-suggestions/suggestions/3744380-search-within-my-feedly

  3. Saikat Basu
    April 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Looks interesting. More Google Reader alternatives are always welcome.

  4. Scott M
    April 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I began using Feedly upon Google's announcement of closing their reader.I'm beginning to the app.I still prefer the old Google reader but Feedly has been a good switch.

  5. Nevzat A
    April 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I hope Feedly will be much more successfull. After G.Reader's sad end, I became dependent on it.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

      I hope so too because it's becoming more and more difficult to change digital habits.

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