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Press, arguably the most well-designed Reader client of them all, got a sizeable update today. It's the "biggest update yet," in fact. Climbing up to version number 1.2, Press got some useful new features. Though this update isn't the one with which Press migrates to "a new backend syncing solution" as it is promised to do once Reader takes its final breath, it's definitely an update worth looking at.

First up, Press now has widgets, both large and small. The small one is basically an unread count, while the larger can show top articles from your "all unread" list or a specific subscription list within your account. Press has also added a great Readability option. With the tap of a button, you can de-clutter any article and get straight to the text like you can with services like Feedly or Pocket. Users can also choose to scroll through articles horizontally and vertically. Finally, Press has added some long-press goodies for both articles and links, allowing for easy sharing and other interaction.

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If you're already a Press user, you've probably gobbled up the update already. If not, there's never been a better time to start. The app is well-designed, well-built, and honestly a pleasure to use.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Chris

    NICE! That's everything I wanted in my review lol. I might be able to finally dump Feedly again!!!! Sweet

  • smeddy

    I'm still pissed at Google 15 minute refund time. Having already paid for greader and one or two others, there's no real way to demo these kinds of apps without doing it in a rush. Even 30 minutes would allow the app to 'bed in' a little.

    • http://twitter.com/mobilephonesfan Mobile Phones Fan

      It's rumored KLP could bring new Play Store features along those lines, offering devs a wider set of 'free trial' options. Keep your fingers crossed for an announcement at I/O.

    • Nick Rosas

      I use Aptoide (let's you download apps for free like iOS's installous) to demo an app for 2 hours at least then buy it in the Play Store because some devs need the money..unless they buy drugs and mail-order brides.

  • Yale Lawyer

    Amazing update. It brings basically everything I've wanted.

    One issue: This update removes the app icon from my app drawer. Happened on my Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.

    • Vibin

      Yes, happened on mine too. I just killed Nova launcher once and that fixed it. (I'm guessing you too are using Nova)

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    • NaNNy

      If you have Nova Pro, just hide the app from the drawer and then re-show it

  • cc_star

    Think I'll wait to see what their post-Reader backend is like before forking out

  • Matthew Fry

    Yay! Wonder if this fixes the embedded video crash.