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Last Updated: March 4th, 2013

It's no secret that we're big fans of gReader here at AP, and the latest beta makes us love it even more, as it brings a complete UI overhaul to the application. The dev has redesigned the app to follow the Android Design Guidelines, so it's all Holo-ed out. And it looks fantastic.

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As you can see, the new interface ditches the dark-ish theme to go with Holo light, which looks great and feels faster and more fluid. The overall layout of the app hasn't changed that much, with most buttons remaining in the same place as they were before. The feed and view buttons have been combined into one, which makes the action bar looks less cluttered. It also has the sliding navigation menu on phones, which can be accessed with a simple right-swipe while in the feed view.

There are also a few new, albeit minor, tweaks in the app. For example, when you mark a feed as read, it now automatically advances to the next feed instead of the feed list. In turn, this makes reading through all feeds faster and more efficient. We love faster and more efficient, so that gets a big thumbs up on our end.

The developer hopes to release an update to the Play Store within a few days, as he's still working on smoothing out some of the animations on tablets. If you'd like to give the beta a go to see what it's all about, however, you can grab it right here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • mushypizza

    hopefully it syncs faster with the update

  • Kcls

    I like apps that let you swipe to open up the side bar. Like I love being able to do that on The Verge's app, and Kik Messenger. But then I go into an app like Google Plus, and I'm required to actually tap the logo to get the menu to slide out. Same thing with Facebook, and Reddit Sync. I'm not sure why the swipe to slide out hasn't become more widely adopted.

    • skitchbeatz

      I understand why they don't do it when swipe actions actually affect list items.. but those that don't are missing key usability improvements

    • silaslenz

      Reddit sync can be swiped out.

      • Guest

        Only when viewing subreddits rather than within a thread.

        • silaslenz

          True

      • Kcls

        I've never been able to swipe it out. Anywhere in the whole app.

  • numpty

    Great, another 4.x-style app on my 2.x device. Google really didn't manage the transition well, it sucks that developers have to hard-code one style or the other, resulting in a totally inconsistent experience on older devices that will never see 4.x.

    • Justin Winker

      Simple solution to that problem: root and ROM it or get a new device.

    • fixxmyhead

      wow u must have a shitty phone.

      • JG

        not necessarily .. The last break-down showed GB (2.3) was still active on 48% of all Android devices.... That's roughly half of us still using 2.x for our OS while all the apps are quickly updating to support 4.x themes...

    • K.P. Smith

      Google Play (the official Android application distribution method) allows developers to include/exclude devices from downloading an application depending on variables set by the developer. One of the many filter options available is by OS version. If you add my two previous sentences together it equals = this update has nothing to do with Google, rather the application developer. By using the inc/exc filters a developer could theoretically have an app only available to older devices (Read = GB -) and an app only available to newer devices (read = ICS +).

      I don't want/need to go further into my explanation but the long and short of it is, if a developer wants to maintain two different app versions (- GB or ICE +) they have that option and it has nothing to do with Google apart from Google has allowed them to have this option.

      Please educate before you rant.

  • EMullins

    Wait...there's no Holo Dark? Please let it not be limited to Holo Light...

    • Jays2Kings

      It's there for me, the theme "Black" is holo dark.

    • http://twitter.com/bedrnk benjamin

      DAT MENU BUTTON

  • rap

    I use Google Reader all the time on my PC and sometimes on my Nexus 7. But Android Police is terrible to read on those. You set it up so every single time you have to click through to the the actual website to see the whole article even if it's short. Other websites don't do that. It's not too bad on the PC where it just loads in a new tab but with a mobile app it then has to open the browser to view the page and that takes longer and isn't as smooth. It kind of defeats the whole purpose of the reader. I'm sure you do it to drive up views to your website but I find it extremely annoying and read AP less because of it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It actually has nothing to do with pageviews, and everything to do with content scrapers. We were tired of our work ending up on other sites with no linkbacks or appropriate sourcing because scumbags were automatically ripping it from RSS.

      • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

        I thought it was all about pageviews and that was understandable for me, but this? There will always be some sites that just copy others and even if you can make it harder, you can't avoid this. What's important: those sites will not get popular. Such stupid actions do come out quickly and admin for sure will find it pointless sooner or later.
        Introducing better security often make things less comfortable. The case is to find a sweet spot and in my opinion, you let those wrongdoers influence experience of your readers.
        I'm not going to stop reading AndroidPolice because you have awesome articles. However, making things a little bit easier would be great.

        • fulltextrsslover

          http://fulltextrssfeed.com/

          i want to use the rss feed, w/ a crippled feed it's useless, too much work and sometimes i'm offline.

          when i read an article via the browser, i let AP display ads.

          • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

            Yes, I used this. The problem is it sometimes doesn't deliver some news. Seriously, after I noticed that I entered AndroidPolice and found a few articles I have never seen in RSS created via fulltextrssfeed.

          • rap

            Thanks for this^ Great!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Actually, it's not all that simple and there are other reasons. We weighed a lot of positives and negatives here and decided that the abridged RSS is the way to go.

          I am sorry for the inconvenience but I don't agree that it defeats the point of RSS.

          • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

            Of course it doesn't defeats the point of RSS, it's just less convenient. Anyway, I will not teach you how to run a successful website, I believe you have some good reasons to shorten RSS ;)

          • http://rhythmicnature.com/ Frank Fletcher

            Actually, I like the way it is. I just complained on another android news site about how they always include the FULL article in the RSS feed. This makes it so I have to scroll several pages after I click on their header to advance to the next article. Having only the first few paragraphs allows me to choose my behavior. Good news readers makes the transition to the website almost seamless anyway.

  • CrazyPaladin

    Well how about NOT create a folder under the root folder of my sd card?

    • http://twitter.com/bedrnk benjamin

      DONE

  • wickets

    thanks for info and the link to get the beta.....the text to voice is an awesome add on

  • bleaker

    Have a try on Deer Reader, it's cool as well.

  • Mark Smith

    About time!

  • http://ufstampa.blogger.com pressefr

    Google Reader announced that it will close July 1st, 2013... I hope that they continue to launch gReader on the Google Play store... later release a web version with it's visual likeness. Please Google to continue it's efforts for gReader Pro, I'll buy it, ad it up, I don't care I can't go without it!

  • http://ufstampa.blogger.com pressefr

    Where is the Fullscreen for beta 3.2.2 ??? I feel like they took it out, I tried long press the bar??? Does anyone else know where it is?