As you're reading this, the world is about to change. After years of faithful service, Google Reader is about to cease operation. Ever since the announcement was made services like Feedly have been revving up to take its place. The Old Reader is another alternative that doesn't get as much attention, but it's got some admirers. The uber-popular RSS reader app gReader has just been updated with support for The Old Reader to help ease the transition.


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Getting set up on The Old Reader isn't as simple as Feedly, for example. This product is still in beta, and doesn't have its own mobile app. Third-parties can connect using the API, but importing your feeds through the web requires that you have the .opml file of your subscriptions from Google Takeout.

The gReader update also includes a few minor bug fixes – nothing particularly important. The Old Reader has a clean web UI and provides various social sharing features through Facebook, if you're into that. Take a look if you're a gReader user. Don't be shy – it's a brave new world without Google Reader.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Justin Dugan

    My Google reader app is still working (I read this article through it). I'm hanging on until the bitter end!

    • Nathaniel Webb

      I'm thinking maybe your RSS reader has updated it's backend to use Feedly as it's backbone, since google reader is now fully deprecated.

      • Justin Dugan

        Believe it or not, I was using the Google Reader app. I just checked again, though, and it looks like it's dead now. :(

        • Nathaniel Webb

          aha. Google must stagger their deprecation rollouts too lol

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

      I just read this article using Google Reader on the web. It's still working for me. I too am going to hold one until they forcefully kick me off. Hahaha.

      • cabbiebot

        Still working for me too.

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

      Yeah, it shuts down tomorrow.

  • nawa

    You should also write about the refresh of Reader, which is now Reader+ and supports Feedly. It looks awesome.
    Not advertising or anything, I just want to let users know :)

    • Justin Dugan

      Whoa. That looks awesome. All I wanted was something as simple as Google reader. I don't need magazine views and that stuff. This looks like a good choice, I'll give it a shot.

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  • David Dudovitz

    reader.google.com is still alive for me -11 am eastern

  • Matthew Fry

    I get the message, "Just A Reminder: Reader will not be available after July 1, 2013. Please be sure to back up your data." Today is July 1st, so it will be down after today.