We don’t cover many apps here on BGR and we certainly don’t cover app updates, but the recent demise of Google Reader seems to warrant an exception. We recently asked our audience which feed reader replacements you had chosen as Google Reader’s death approached. With thousands of votes tallied, Feedly was the clear winner — nearly 73% of those who voted said they had switched to Feedly. As such, it seems prudent to report that one of the best feed reader apps for iOS, Reeder, has now been updated with Feedly support. For those who haven’t tried it yet, Reeder happens to be free right now for a limited time. Also worth noting: While Feed Wrangler came in last in our poll with less than 0.5% of respondents saying they had switched to the service, the new Reeder update adds support for Feed Wrangler as well.
Google announced earlier this year that its popular RSS reader would be discontinued as of July 1st. Users were outraged at the decision, however a company executive has now launched a formal defense of the move, saying it had to be done. Google News and social products senior director Richard Gringras explained in an interview with Wired that Google Reader was an old model for consuming news. In the age of smartphones and tablets, the executive noted, consumption of news is “a near-constant process.” He said that people no longer read news at breakfast or at the end of the day, but rather throughout the day on their mobile devices. With Google Reader out of the picture, the company will continue to develop services like Google Now and Google+ to help users get their daily news.
Skyfire just took the wraps off of Skyfire 4.0 — its latest and greatest Android browser — and it includes a number of noteworthy enhancements. The SkyBar toolbar is now customizable and has been updated with Groupon, Google Reader, and Twitter integration. SkyBar also now includes a “share” button, feeds for sports, news, and finance, and quick access to the browser’s settings. In tandem with the new launch, Skyfire says that the “video optimization feature,” which typically costs $2.99, will be free to all Verizon customers downloading the update. Current Skyfire users will get the 4.0 update for free. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
If you have been itching for a decent RSS feed reader on the BlackBerry platform, you’ve finally got one. RIM just let us know that they have created an app called BlackBerry News Feeds, which conveniently aggregates and serves up all of your RSS feeds in a clean and easy to use app. We have been testing the app on and off for a little bit, and while there is no Google Reader support (the biggest omission), it is pretty easy to add feeds, bounce through unread items, mark them read, and share them as well. BlackBerry News Feeds is available from BlackBerry App World and BlackBerry Beta Zone starting today.
You Google-loving BlackBerry users have a new app to install on your handset as Google has officially launched its Google Mobile App for BlackBerry. More or less an aggregator/launcher, the app bundles Google search together with Google’s other BlackBerry apps and its online mobile services. Integrated within a single interface is Google Mail for BlackBerry, Google Maps for BlackBerry, and Google Sync for BlackBerry. If you setup your Google username and password, you can also get one-click access to Google News, Google Reader, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Picasa Web albums and Google notebook. Finally, no more annoying login screens (yay!) which may be the most compelling reason to download this simple launcher masquerading as a full fledged app.