Google Reader; Current and Best Alternatives

Google just announced today that it’ll be closing Google Reader’s service on July 1st of this year, which was expected for some time.This is bad news if you depended only on their Web-Based RSS Reader service. But don’t worry, we’ve plenty of time and there’re already some alternatives while others will be appearing while the imminent day comes.

But before looking at some alternative feed-reading solutions, let’s take a look at how we can retain our subscriptions and data from Reader.

Google have provided a simple way to backup and migrate your data. The steps are easy to follow:

  1. Go directly to Google Takeout’s Reader.
  2. Click on the Create Archive button.
  3. Once it’s finished, click the Download button.

That’s it! No more, no less…

Now that we’ve our precious data saved, let’s now take a look at some alternatives (in no particular order):

Feedly

A popular alternative available for Android, iOS and as a plugin for the major web browsers. It has a pretty interface and lets you import your Google Reader account and keep it automatically in sync. They have prepared a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API, meaning that when Reader shuts down, the transition will be seamless.

They also provided some tips for Google Reader users migrating to feedly.

NewsBlur

Like feedly, is also available for different devices. It is another popular and powerful Google Reader replacement which also allows you to import your feeds onto their service, however, if you want to unlock a few restrictions, you’ve to go for a premium account for a small monthly fee.

Feedbin

Another popular Google Reader replacement. It delivers a simple and great reading experience with minimalistic user interface. There are a variety of apps which supports this service, including the well-known Reeder app which turns it into an appealing alternative. The service also lets you import your Google Reader data seamlessly. Its a paid alternative and starts at $2 USD per month.

The Old Reader

Currently only web-based (mobile apps expected in a near future as announced by the developers), nonetheless, their interface adapts nicely to mobile devices. Like feedly and NewsBlur, you can transfer your subscriptions from Google Reader, but that’s not all, its interface design is based of Google Reader’s before the recent redesign, which makes it a great alternative.

Fever

Au contraire to the previous mentioned services, Fever is a PHP and MySQL application that you run on your own Apache server. It might not be for everyone, but you have the advantage of not depending on RSS services that can pull the plug whenever they want. While Fever itself is a web app, it works fine on mobile devices and the Sunstroke and Reeder iOS apps support it too. There is a $30 one-time fee to use the software.

Reeder

A popular iOS and Mac app. It currently depends on Google Reader but shortly after Google’s announcement today, its developer tweeted “Don’t worry, Reeder won’t die with Google Reader.”, indicating that he has some kind of transition plan in place.

Update: From now on, Reeder for iPhone got support for Feedbin and standalone/local RSS. According to the website, support for more services will be added in the next weeks and months. Reeder for Mac and iPad will receive an update in the coming months.

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