Google Reader gets Native App on Android

A native app for Google Reader finally hits Android devices today. Google made an announcement of this app on the Official Google Reader Blog.The Reader app allows you to sync with multiple Google accounts. So if you have your feeds for work on a Google Apps account, and your personal ones on a Google Account, this app will still work for you.

You can also subscribe to feeds and search within your feeds straight from your Android device. As Google’s blog post says that some of features in this app are harder to find. Here are some of them:

  • 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

In terms of functionality, the app provides you with most of what you can do on the online version on your device. You can read feeds, share what you’re reading on Google Reader, and also through the Android device’s share functionality. You can also read your feeds by tags. But I wasn’t too impressed with the app, since it’s been a long time in the waiting to get to this, and other apps have already made their mark in the Android space. I personally prefer FeedSquares to go though my feeds on the phone. who doesn’t like a colorful interface?

To get this app, search for Google Reader on the Android Market, or scan the QR code on the right using your phone. If you’ve used this app, let us know what you think of it. What’s your favorite app to read feeds on your phone? Let us know by commenting below.

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Vinu Thomas

Vinu is a Technical Architect working on Web technologies and a mobile enthusiast, who likes trying out new gadgets and apps. You can follow him on Twitter @vinuthomas

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