Yesterday Google announced that, they are going to shut down their RSS service Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. It was introduced by Google in 2005 and one of the best RSS readers available on the web. Google has mentioned in their blog that, the usage of Google Reader has reduced tremendously so we have planned to shut down the service in July. People who subscribe to other blogs using Google Reader can export their data using the Google Takeout. This is a big disappointment for many readers all over the web but we don’t want to worry about that, today we have plenty of RSS readers available with much more options than Google Reader. So today we are going to discuss about the best alternatives for Google Reader.
Feedly is a very popular RSS application on the Internet. We can use this application as a Firefox Add-on or a Chrome extension on the web and it easily syncs between the browsers and devices. Feedly is also available for iOS and Android, which will help you sync the subscriptions between your Smartphone and Tablets. Previously it has an option to sync with Google Reader but now it is useless. In Feedly you can search, browse and add URLs directly to connect your feeds. You can use the read later option, to save important contents when you are running out of time. Also it will save your reading history which will let you know what you have read so far.
Pulse is one of the my favorite RSS reader. It is a best news reader app available for various platforms. Especially it looks incredible in iPad with the retina display. The content organization is the highlight of pulse. You can easily categorize the websites you want and get the updates instantly. You can add the feed of any website on the Internet and read them right from your devices. All you need to do is just creating the account and subscribe to your favorite websites based on categories. Pulse has got a unique font and layout to display the articles on the website. It will make the content more interesting to read than any other news reading applications. Also you have options to customize the fonts and layouts based on your convenience.
Taptu is an application based RSS reader for various platforms. The web application doesn’t need any sign up or anything, you can directly go and select the categories to get the news but to personalized news contents you need to create your own account. You can sync subscriptions between iOS and Mac devices easily using the app. Also it is available for Android, Nokia and Blackberry mobiles. Like Pulse and Flipboard, you can also add your Facebook, Twitter and other popular social site feeds to your Taptu account. This wide range of support for devices makes you comfortable in reading your feeds irrespective of the devices.
Similar to other applications, Net Vibes is available for all the leading Smartphones and also as a web application. From a particular website, you can highlight the interesting topics and hide the annoying contents easily using the options in Net Vibes. This will let you get interesting articles quickly instead of searching all over the website. It has an excellent layout which organizes your contents for easy access. Net Vibes also have an option to upgrade for a premium account which will be very helpful for web masters to monitor their websites. It will let you know about how many people are subscribed to their website in Net Vibes and the complete analytic details will be provided.
News Blur is a very simple personal news reader available on the Internet. The layout of this application looks similar to email clients on your desktop. It has the website names with categories on the left side and the contents will be available on the right side. You can categorize the websites and access them easily on the dashboard. It is a cloud storage application so you can sync the subscriptions with your Smartphones and Tablets easily. Like Social networks, you can see the most popular and trending stories on the Internet right from your dashboard. Instead of missing your favorite stories, you can save them for later reading in this application.
These are the five best alternatives for Google Reader. As I said before you don’t need to re-subscribe all your favorites websites and blogs after you sign up for any of these above said application. You can export your subscriptions using Google Takeout and Sync with the news reader application you sign up. All the above said applications have the cloud storage option so that you don’t need to worry about data sync with other devices. Do let us know if I’ve missed any of your favorite news reading applications and don’t forget to share your views about these applications in the comment box.