December 1, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Google has released an official Android app for its RSS client. More than two years after Android debuted – and about the same amount of time that I’ve been screaming for this to happen – Google has finally released an app for people who use Google Reader as their primary source of news tracking.
The Google Reader web app was a decent solution for many, but others have requested a direct, native app for Reader. The new app uses the standard design of light colors, browsing by feed or category, seeing unread or all items, and supports Starred items. You’ll also be able to see items shared by people that you follow, have multiple accounts, and search within items.
There are still plenty of third-party options out there worth checking out, but it’s nice to finally see an app from Google. Download from the Android Market to check it out now. Let us know if it’s good enough to make you switch or if you’ll stick with your current Greed, Feedr, NewsRob, etc. set-up. And of course, be sure you’ve got our article feed in your Google Reader: http://feeds.feedburner.com/androinica
From Google: A couple harder to discover features we’d like to highlight:
- Volume-key navigation: if you enable this in the settings, you can navigate by using your phone’s volume keys for next and previous
- Long-press on a folder or subscription to bring up a contextual menu that lets you rename, unsubscribe or change folders
- If you hit the menu key on an individual item, you can use the “send” feature which integrates with other apps on your phone to send the item using any 3rd party app