Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Android App of the Day: Feedr

Feedr is a greet app for collecting all your RSS / news feeds together in one place. I used to have the Gizmodo app, the Slashdot app and other bits and pieces for keeping track of news and articles from a variety of tech and general news sites. Feedr's ability to gather them all together in one easy-to-use, appealing app let me uninstall most of them.

Feedr presents your feeds in a list with each entry telling you how many articles there and how many of those remain unread. You touch the feed you want and it moves to the list of articles. You can scroll up and down the list using your finger or the trackball or D-button and arrows if your phone has either one.

If you touch an article, Feedr gets the content, text and images, and presents it in the app. If you want to read more, you can touch "Open" and go to the site. Or you can "Share" it. The "Mobilize" button presents the web content in the browser in a form more suitable for mobile devices.

Feedr's main menu lets you update your feeds, search feeds, add / delete feeds, import / export from Google Reader, organise feeds, clear the cache , search history, display the status and mark all as read.

Within a feed, the menu provides access to feed-specific functions, including; mark all as read, update the feed, search the feed and flip orientation. You can also make shortcuts. These are Feedr icons placed on the Home screen and bearing the name of whichever feed you wanted the shortcut to take you to.

I like this app. It's feature rich, simple to use and doesn't get in the way of the content. It's easy to use, read and manage.

Top marks to Feedr. It's on my (constantly changing) "must-have" list.

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