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Aug
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If you're still in the market for a Google Reader alternative that's simple, clean, and well integrated with Android's UI, take a moment to check out Press. This straightforward, perhaps traditional, RSS reader received an update today that gave the already attractive app a touch-up, a redesigned Settings screen, a handful of new features, and a slew of general bug fixes and improvements.

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Press, which already syncs with Feedly, Feed Wrangler, and Feedbin, has gained support for Fever, a service which helps readers pick what feeds to focus on by displaying which stories are "hot." The app has long supported offline reading, but now images are cached offline as well. And since people who read RSS feeds are relatively particular about how they consume news, it's nice to see the new options to show titles-only in the articles list and in the large widget. Captions are nice, but this just saves space.

What's new

  • Fever support
  • Offline image caching - finally!
  • Manual one-time image cache (hold sync icon)
  • Totally redesigned Settings
  • Added preference to show titles-only in article list
  • Added preference to show titles-only in large widget
  • Added preference to disable double-tap for Readability
  • Added accessibility preference to underline article links
  • Image viewer improvements
  • Freshened the UI throughout the app
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixed syncing issues
  • Lots of bug fixes

If you already have Press, enjoy. As for everyone else, the app costs $2.99 on the Play Store, and there isn't a free version to tinker around with. If you want to give it a go, hit the widget below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • M1lkm4n

    Is there an RSS Reader app that gives me the option to open the links from my feed in a browser with just one tap?

    • Notch Brick

      Two taps-feedly

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      Two taps gets it done in nearly all RSS readers (tap on title to open feed, tap on title again to open original article page).

    • Matthew Fry

      Press is two taps too.

  • G3Sidhu

    Can you guys enable full view for rss readers please?
    Currently i have to click on read more to read the whole article in rss apps, which opens the website and defeats the whole purpose of rss readers.

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      If you use Press you can double tap on any half feed to open the full article through Readability. It's pretty fast. No idea about other RSS readers.

    • Alter

      Press has Readability integration, which loads the entire article, and it works quite well.

  • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Please add a few more fonts! I am so bored of Bitter and Source Sans Pro. :)

  • NaNNy`

    It still not possible to sync starred items that are not in one of your subscriptions.
    I don't know if it's a problem of Press or Feedly APIs

  • Matthew Fry

    I got Press when AP did its first article on it and I completely love it. It's much cleaner and easier to navigate than Feedly. Well worth the price of admission.

  • Jaymoon

    It's a shame these apps don't include support for Tiny Tiny RSS. That's where I fled to when Reader shut down, and I'm not interested in anything else.

    All of the Tiny Tiny RSS Android apps (both of them) kind of... well... suck. So an interface like Press, connecting my Tiny Tiny RSS install, would be the ideal situation for me. It's open source, so I can't imagine it's too difficult... Maybe one day!

    • Jake B.

      There is a plugin that emulates the Fever API for Tiny-Tiny RSS (http://tt-rss.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1981). I've been using it since yesterday and it appears to work fine with Press.

      • Jaymoon

        Sweet! Had to update to the latest version of Tiny Tiny RSS, but it works! Awesome find. :)

  • power_pizza

    Press is fantastic, I love that Readability lets you see the entire story and it loads faster than through the browser. Well worth it if you're a RSS fiend and have migrated to Feedly.

    I hope they added an option to see both read and un-read stories. That's how I like it.

  • juergenhelmers

    bought before feedly came about. Only reason I am not using it is the lack of "marked read when scrolling". Drives me crazy when in very long lists I have to manually mark things read...

  • flosserelli

    Too bad there is no trial version. I am looking for a good rss reader but I don't want to drop $3 on an app that might not be what I want.

  • Jack Micklethwaite

    Really nice app. Shame there isn't a trial as I would have liked to try it before buying it. Good purchase though, looks fantastic on my Nexus 7.

  • http://karchner.com/ Ross Karchner

    Does Press work *without* some third party syncing service? Like RSS readers worked before they call got on the Google Reader bandwagon.

    • http://karchner.com/ Ross Karchner

      Answered my own question: nope.

  • http://www.fashionicon.ro/ Daniel C.

    A comparison between Press and Feedly would be nice :)

  • Stacey Leme

    It'd be nice if you can add a Save to PaperSpan option, as using it for offline articles on phone and pc.

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