Feedly emerging as a prime candidate to replace Google Reader, Reeder and Newsify to integrate their API

Google Reader is not long for this world, and it seems that Feedly wants to be the replacement. They're now announcing a bunch of partner applications that will use their API. Of interest to iOS users is the news that both Newsify and Reeder will be integrating the new Feedly API prior to the closure of Google Reader.

Since the announcement that Google was shutting down Reader -- a service we live in here at Mobile Nations -- many of us were sent searching for a replacement. Feedly was quick out of the gates with the announcement of their Normandy project, cloning the Google Reader API and transitioning their users over seamlessly. Importantly the Feedly API is also free.

The latest news is that Feedly has been working behind the scenes with selected app developers that cover most of the major mobile platforms as well as Windows and Mac. Of particular interest to us are Reeder and Newsify, both of which will be offering access to the Feedly API before the end of the month, and importantly before Google shuts down Reader. That means iOS users will have three choices initially using the new Feedly API, with Reeder also being available in Mac flavor too.

This could make choosing a new app of preference a little easier. Feedly is doing some great work behind the scenes, but their own app isn't to everyone's liking. How about you guys, are you any closer to deciding on a Google Reader replacement?


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Feedly emerging as a prime candidate to replace Google Reader, Reeder and Newsify to integrate their API


Been a happy Feedly user since it was still just a browser (Chrome) extension. Became even happier when it came to iPhone. It had versions that were buggy, but during those times nothing else was just right for me (not even Flipboard, Reeder or Newsify). Now, I'm back to happier times with Feedly on my iPhone.

I've been using Newsblur for a few days now and cannot believe how great it is. Switched from Fever, and should have done that a long time ago.

The fact that Feedly will be supported by both Reeder and Press on Android is huge - hopefully the syncing will work just as well as via Google Reader.

Another alternative for people who want more control/privacy is commafeed [ https://www.commafeed.com/ ], free/open source server you can host yourself or at a cloud provider, assuming you are willing/able to roll up your sleeves a bit. It has been progressing quickly, and already it is a pretty good clone of the "old" Google Reader, though they desperately need a mobile-friendly view.

I made the switch to Feedly a couple of months ago and have been happy with their iOS apps and service. It wasn't to my husband's liking though, so he is happily using NewsBlur. Both are great alternatives.