It feels like it has been a long time, but Google finally updated their popular RSS reader with a new look and some minor new features. The first and most obvious change is the overall look of the app. The basic functionality behind it all is the same, but I have to say that the new look is a lot nicer, and it feels a lot cleaner than the old one. The left side of the screen, where all the feeds are listed, has the same basic layout as the old version, but they have changed the colors and font size. In the end, these changes are strictly cosmetic. It is the next change that seems to have split the Google Reader community down the middle.
Along with making things look prettier, Google has implemented Google+ into Google Reader. The problem with this is that they took away the old way of sharing, so Google+ is now your only option. I understand this is a Google product, and they want to tie it in with their other Google products, but this change seems to be upsetting a lot of people.
It seems like Google knew they were going to upset some users. On their blog they even said, “We hope you’ll like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not.” It seems they knew they were going to make a lot of users angry. I have to actually applaud them for making a tough decision and sticking with it.
Let us know what you think of the new Reader design. Do you approve of the sharing changes or not?
Source: Google Reader Blog