As Google Reader fades Feedly makes its move

Google Reader is about to bite the bullet and many have been waiting for signs of a credible replacement. Feedly have been busy building out their features and support but a key piece is about to fall into place. Now they have announced that third party apps such as Nextgen Reader will be able to use the Feedly API. 

One of the main problems that has beset many Google Reader replacements is that of API access; that’s to say, allowing for other 3rd party apps to hook in and use the feed. This is what brought about so much Google Reader adoption and a proliferation of reader clients.

Feedly have "been working behind the curtains" with Reeder, G Reader, Press, Nextgen and Newsify on their Normandy project. Sounds like top secret stuff, but essentially the project's aim is to mimic the Google Reader API.

What this all boils down to is good news for those of us who are currently using one of the 3rd party apps above. The Feedly access for these apps will be in place well before Google Reader closes its doors, which should ease the transition for many. As well as breaking the good news on that they have even provided some links for their top user voice suggestions.  If you’re a Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8 user, make sure to get voting here for an official Feedly app.

While the blog post doesn’t go into specifics, it does look as though the API is locked down to these five to start with. There is even mention of over 100 requests to be part of this initial phase; other devs will need to apply for the next round. While we welcome the expansion of Feedly so it fills in the hole Google Reader will leave, we hope that API access is fair and open to all.

If are considering a Google Reader app replacement for Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8, Nextgen Reader could be your best bet. If you’re an existing user of Nextgen they advise that free updates to users of Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 and their Windows 8 app will be arriving shortly.  

Source: Feedly via Next Matters

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I just downloaded Reeder for Mac from the Mac app store after seeing it on this article. Man, it's slick. Very nice. Best one I've used so far.

Have been using Feedly on Android and I think it works great for mobile.
On the desktop I turn to Netvibes instead.

Never liked the Google Reader layout.
Anyway G+ looks similar to Feedly desktop in card view.

i was reading on their web blog last night that they are finally going to have a Windows Phone version as well as a purely web version that does not require a plugin to run. which is fantastic. When i heard that Google Reader was shutting down I looked around for an alternative first trying Netvibes and then a few others. (i even tried making my own personal page that contained the RSS feeds i wanted) and I ended up with Feedly because of its user friendly Interface.

Anybody here has tried 'Commafeed'? It must be the underdog but I'm really really happy with it and their bloatless interface.

Billa said,
Anybody here has tried 'Commafeed'? It must be the underdog but I'm really really happy with it and their bloatless interface.

thank you very much for the recommendation, this looks awesome!! The fact that you can even install you own server should avoid that you could be left out in the cold again

littleneutrino said,
Netvibes is more of a replacement for Google IG

Netvibes has a reader mode as well.
But I'm more a fan of the widgets mode.

yeah been using feedly for a while now, and i love it.

never really got 'in to' RSS feeds until about 6 months ago, but feedly is great on web, phone and iPad

Feedly still does not support Internet Explorer.
Like it or not, many people who want to read their feeds at the office are stuck with whatever browser is available. Very often that is Internet Explorer, frequently an older version, 9, 8 or even 7. These people usually cannot install software and thus have no way to access Feedly. Until this is fixed, Feedly is not really a viable alternative to Google Reader.

Feedly is awesome. They've been iterating really rapidly in response to feedback so it just keeps getting really awesome usability improvements. They deserve to take the crown.

I tried feedly and it didn't work like google reader or the way I like.

QuiteRSS is excellent though, not cloud based, but exactly what I want, and works really well.