Google Reader got you down? Feedly wants to welcome you with open arms


For all you displaced Google Reader readers out there, we understand this is a difficult time for you. For us too. And while you desperately scour the net in hopes of finding a Google Reader replacement, the folks at Feedly want to help you during this awkward transitional phase. A minimal RSS reader for your Android and desktop, Feedly is hoping you’ll give them a shot — you know, once their server is done getting pounded like Paris Hilton at a frat party. Here’s what they had to say via their blog:

“Google announced today that they will be shutting down Google Reader. This is something we have been expecting for some time: We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.”

Have to admit, I totally forgot about Feedly and I’m sure there are more RSS readers out there you guys are particularly fond of. Care to make any more suggestions?

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Thanks, Justin!

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Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I currently use feedly with Goole Reader so it is very nice to see that the transition will be smooth.

  2. Is it me or is this Feedly service painfully slow? Looks like they’re gonna get crushed by all the Reader refugees out there, sigh.

    1. No it is not just you. I am said Reader refugee, a very upset refugee. Finally got an actual page up but now I guess it is loading all my feeds. Dance buffer wheel DANCE! Buffer wheel makes me sad.

  3. It’s dead already. Couldn’t keep up with so many requests…

    1. Yup. NewsBlur and Feedly are dying under the crush.

  4. I use justreader, its great.

    1. They use a Google Reader backend, so they’ll stop working, too, unfortunately.

  5. Google should open source it, donate it to the community running on their Google App Engine… Google don’t have to support it, current user base still gets to use it. Win win in my book.

    1. There’s really much technology behind Reader: RSS & ATOM are dead simple. It’s mostly just a web UI, and one that’s clearly pretty heavily integrated with a lot of their stuff. Even if it were a standalone, it doesn’t really make any sense for them to OSS it. The only unique value in Reader is the server, and you wouldn’t want to trust all your reading data to some random community-run server. Without Google’s support, all we can do is be sad that we’re losing Reader (though to be honest it clearly wasn’t getting the resources it needed to remain a strong offering).

  6. I’m just going to hope that the outcry is enough to make Google step back and take a second look at Google Reader. It’s obvious I’m not the only one who uses it extensively with all the articles I’ve seen in the past few hours.

  7. I’ve used NewsBlur for months. It even comes with a native Android
    client. However, like Feedly.. it is quite slow at this moment.

  8. Pulse newsreader is pretty good

  9. Let us write Google tons of emails, sign petitions and see maybe we can change their mind?

  10. Google Reader alternative? Try Skimr –

  11. Currents, Google Currents. Yes I don’t know how to navigate it but I’ve added my Reader feeds to it a while back, in anticipation of a move like this by Google, and can’t be bothered to find something else.

  12. I started to use reader because i can get all my podcasts to play in one place, since I listen to them at my work desk, and have my news feeds show up. So bummed.

  13. Gotta go with Pulse reader. Love the layout. Feedly would be my second choice.

  14. “getting pounded like Paris Hilton at a frat party.” – tasteless and amateurish writing.

    1. “tasteless and amateurish writing” – humorless and stodgy commenting

      1. you are a frat boy. this type of misogynistic writing has no place in any type of professional publication, and chris has seriously shamed phandroid. grow up.

  15. Since Feedly links and draws from your Google Reader account, what happens when Reader no longer exists? Where will it get your subscriptions and read status and stars from?

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