Posts Tagged ‘RSS’

Google Reader App Now Available in the Android Market

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

One of Google’s most anticipated Android apps has finally made it to the Market. Google Reader is now available. There have been a number of RSS readers available for Android, but the lack of Google’s own Reader app was baffling to many. Whatever the reason for the delay, it is here.

The Google Reader app looks familiar enough. You get the unread counts, sharing, liking, and such. Google points out a few extra features that are included as well. These include multiple accounts, synced preferences, and the ability to search for feeds and subscribe from your phone.

The app also features some customization options. You can set your volume buttons to navigate between feed items. You can also long-press folders or subscriptions for additional menu features.

The Google Reader app thankfully runs on phones running Donut, so US Xperia owners are not left in the cold as with Google Voice Actions. It is nice to finally have an easy way to read my RSS feeds on my phone. Being able to sync it to my Google account is an added plus.

You can download the app from the QR code below, or by searching the Market. You can read the official Google Reader blog post here.

Google Reader Cancels Page Tracker

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Every so often I go to a page that I want to keep track of, but find that there is no RSS feed. Google Reader had a great tool to solve this problem. By inputting a url into Reader, it would track page changes, making a pseudo feed. This wasn’t the best feed in the world, but it was pretty useful.

Google announced last week that it is discontinuing this feature. The post doesn’t say why. It does however point you to an alternative should you choose to use it. If you want to convert your now-obsolete page tracking feeds, you can do so here. The converter tool is available from Page2RSS, who prominently mentions the conversion tool in a recent post. You can use Page2RSS with your Google Friend Connect account, or with Yahoo, Twitter, or OpenID.

If you used Google Reader’s page tracker feature, it is officially turned off, as of yesterday. You can still use the existing information, but it will no longer provide updated content. Page2RSS looks interesting, so I might have to give it a shot.