Looks like Google is getting bored with Reader RSS service. The software giant says that Google Reader will be closed from July 1, 2013. The Google Reader was launched in the year 2005; due to its dwindling popularity, Google took this sudden decision. Time –to-time, Google has tried to change the interface and gone for simplicity. The last major upgrade was initiated back in the year 2011. Then Google clubbed Reader RSS service with Google + (Facebook killer?); the in-built nature to share feeds (Reader RSS) was axed. Along with the closing Google Reader RSS service the software giant has shut down Google Voice for BlackBerry devices.
There is no dearth of RSS Services. GizBot has come up with five alternatives of the Google Reader. It’s time to replace Google Reader with newer options that aren’t that clean, but should be checked out.
Available on iOS and Android for free, the Flipboard is not yet available for web. It is the best newsreader out there. One needs to make an account to use the app or can be synced with existing Facebook account as well. The app will automatically update content (feeds) as per your chosen category. The Flipboard app supports lower-end Android phones, for example - Samsung Galaxy Y. The interface of the app is beautiful and user-friendly in nature. One can customize each section as per wish; jumping from one category to another, helps in arranging news accordingly. Basically, the Flipboard app is more of a Magazine rather than plain RSS viewer.
Available on iOS, Android and web for free, the Pulse News app is another alternative to the Google Reader. The biggest advantage of getting Pulse app is the ease of reading and share later. The app can be synced with Facebook, Twitter and Google +. The Pulse app has additional facility to sync with Evernote. Once Steve Jobs said about Pulse News app "Pulse is a wonderful news reader if you haven't seen it “. Like Flipboard, which is rather resembles like a virtual magazine, the Pulse app has different take. One can read news either horizontally or vertically.
Available on iOS, Android and web for free, the Feedly app stands next to Flipboard in terms of popularity. Here swipe interface rules. The app has better syncing ability with Google Reader RSS service than compared to its competition. Feedly app has built in “Save For Later” feature and history option as well.
Available on iOS, Android and web for free, the app has similar styling of Pulse News app. Here the customization options are rather local, for instance – Recipes. The DJ feature is unique to the app; mix and merge content, is pretty simple here. The app can be synced with Facebook , Twitter and Google + accounts.
Available on iOS and Android, the Google powered service is a mash up of magazine cum RSS reader. It has a feel of FlipBoard, but too far from being perfect. The app has a new navigation mode that let you quickly swipe vertically. The app can’t be run on low –end Android phones. For instance – Google Currents is still incompatible with the Samsung Galaxy Y. One can translate news as well.