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RSS users rejoice: Feedly is go for Project Normandy. The fastest growing alternative to Google Reader is making it official, migrating its users from the soon-dead Google backend to its own cloud. The transition makes Feedly, which was a Google Reader front-end, into a full blown alternative to Google’s soon-dead RSS reading service.

Even better: the company has announced an API and partnerships with a number of popular Google Reader clients – including Reeder Keep Google Reader On Your Desktop With Reeder [Mac] Keep Google Reader On Your Desktop With Reeder [Mac] If you're a fan of Google Reader's functionality but not of its appearance, Reeder for Mac Beta offers Mac users an alternative way to access Google Reader subscriptions in a much more visually appealing way.... Read More , NextGen Reader How to Use Google Reader, Metro-Style, With Nextgen [Windows 8] How to Use Google Reader, Metro-Style, With Nextgen [Windows 8] Add a beautiful, Metro-style Google Reader app to Windows 8. If you like your reading experience to be clean, quick and smooth – and you're a recent convert to Windows 8 – this is the... Read More and Press Press: An Impressive Google Reader Client [Android] Press: An Impressive Google Reader Client [Android] Google Reader is an important part of my daily routine. It's how I keep on top of news and blogs I care about. In fact, Reader has many fans in MakeUseOf. But what if you... Read More . This means Feedly is worth using if only as a back-end for those apps, which will otherwise stop working when Google shuts down on July 1.

If you want to not miss this transition, however, you need to make sure you’re using the latest version of Feedly on all your devices – upgrades are out for Android, iOS and all supported browsers. Browser users should be using version 16 to initiate the migration, while mobile users need only ensure they’re using the latest version offered in their app store of choice.

You’ll be asked whether you want to switch to Feedly’s servers, or stick with Google’s for a little longer. Don’t delay too long: come July 1 Google will shut down Reader forever, possibly taking your collection of RSS feeds with it.

The announced API means Feedly will be a way for users of Reeder (Mac, iOS), G Reader (Android) , Press (Android), NextGen (Windows 8, Windows Phone) and Newsify (iOS) to continue using their service on July 1 – all of those services claim their apps will be set up to sync with Feedly’s cloud before then.


Even better: the cloud will allow users who combine any number of these apps to stay in sync when Google shutters its service.

As for the updates themselves, skeptics of the mobile version of Feedly are in for a surprise: in my tests the new Feedly is much faster. Of course, I want to know what you think: is Feedly managing this transition well? Or are they destined to be overtaken – possibly by Digg? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Building Feedly

  1. Ian K
    July 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I was using Feedly for a while but then other news reading apps popped up on the iPad which provided interesting alternatives and were more "tactile" - eg. Flipboard, Pulse.

    • Justin Pot
      July 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Those are cool, but not necessarily replacements for an RSS reader if you want to keep track of what you have and haven't read.

  2. Steve Costello
    June 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Feedly is my GReader alternative of choice, and I think they have done a great job.

  3. Phuc Ngoc
    June 20, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Definitely the change I want to see..

  4. Rickey Shortt
    June 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I think they have done an excellent job, and really showed a lot of initiative to not only take Reader's place, but also to appeal to Reader users. And despite it now being one more service to keep up with, I think I like it even better than I did Google Reader. Still, it was nice having Reader as a Google webapp and tied directly to that account. Should be able to ditch the browser extension soon too, for a pure webapp experience at I just want to test it out for a while first.

  5. David Moreira
    June 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome news. Been using feedly for a long time!

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