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Oct
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Feedly has replaced the much-loved Google Reader for quite a few of you, so we tend to pay attention when a new version hits the Play Store. Today the Android app has been updated to version 17 with a laundry list of improvements and tweaks. There's nothing game-changing in there (though arguably the "300% faster start time" is a big deal), but it does include "support for Android Kitkat." No, the developers are not elaborating on that.

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In addition to the updated navigation menu, the biggest visual change is probably the adjusted widget. It's a little cleaner with a larger focus on the image, but it still only displays one story at a time, which is why yours truly is sticking with the Feedly API-compatible Greader. Feedly now works with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, assuming that you've got the Samsung smartphone that is also required, and can share directly to Facebook. There's a new Discover section for casual browsing, enhanced feed searches, and searches within your entire backlog for Feedly Pro users.

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Other additions include more fluid scrolling and a few adjustments to fonts and layout should make the app more subjectively appealing. Pro users finally get article search while everyone benefits from enhanced feed search. The rider of Android 4.4 support is more than a little strange, but maybe the Feedly developers know more than we do: the official post on the Feedly blog thanks the Google Android and Google Chrome teams for their help. Feel free to speculate.

New in version 17:

  • New version of the android widget
  • 300% faster start time
  • More fluid scrolling experience
  • Better fonts and visual design
  • Search in my feedly (pro)
  • New discover section
  • Enhanced feed search
  • No auto-refresh on restart
  • New Facebook SDK integration
  • Support for Samsung Gear
  • Support for Android Kitkat

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Nazim Pooran

    do they finally have the widgets working

    • Danny Theriault

      Yes

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

        Not exactly for me - the 1x1 widget (why would anyone use this?) doesn't show or do anything for me. The 4x2 one does, however.

  • John Bailey

    Now with chocolatey KitKat goodness! (Well....support for it anyways, lol)

    • Matthew Merrick

      This app is Kitkat ready*!

      *Kitkat not included. Please provide your own Kitkat (or other compatible desert)

  • Christopher Heidt

    Could "support for Android Kitkat" mean a BlinkFeed-esque Google Now homepage that Feedly has added support for?

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

      I highly doubt it. I think that part is strictly reserved for Google Now stuff, but hey - anything is possible.

  • Danny Theriault

    FYI, those screenshots are from before the update. Might want to change that. Quite a few more visual changes than the changelog mentioned.

    Not improvements, imho.

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

      Yup, you're right. I've just updated the screenshots.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I also use Greader! I hate the feedly app, but love the cloud one.

    • Aleksey_US

      Digg Reader FTW

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

      My feelings and strategy precisely.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

    Are the fonts still microscopic in Feedly's app? That was why I switched to gReader.

    • xnadax

      As far as I know they never were, but you can change the font size if you want.

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

        You could change the article font size, but not the list summary font size, for example. It looked like they were using 4-6 point font for that, which on my smartphone was hard to read even with magnification. gReader lets me set the list font size so I can actually determine if I want to read an article from the summary excerpt instead of just the (frequently useless) title.

  • http://www.marklaflamme.com/ Mark LaFlamme

    The widget only displays one unread item? One? Why does Feedly hate widgets so?

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

      It sure does, but there's a down button to scroll.

      • http://www.marklaflamme.com/ Mark LaFlamme

        Yeah, it's a little better than I was imagining. Pretty easy to scroll through. I still don't care for the app, but I'll give it a few days because I really want to like it.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    "Fixed auto-refresh issue." Fucking. Finally. If this is what I think it is, then I couldn't care less about all the other changes. I love Feedly, but it got so annoying when just jumping to the home screen for a second would refresh the app and lose my place.

  • http://papped.webatu.com papped

    Feedly is only good as a backend, the app is garbage.

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

      It's way too impractical and confusing, I wouldn't say garbage, but it's unusable for me. gReader ftw.

  • DeadSOL

    Am I the only one who loves Google Currents but wishes that that app gets a much-needed update?

  • Jose Luis de la Torre

    I also use Feedly only for sync and the web client.

    I see most people like gReader, I've tried the free version and don't like so much.

    Now I'm using Reader+ and I think this is more useful and is much better designed as gReader. Has anyone tried it? And if you tried, why should I use gReader before Reader+?

    pd: Sorry for my english.

    • http://www.marklaflamme.com/ Mark LaFlamme

      Wow, I thought was the only one out there actively using Reader+. I love it. I keep trying other apps and keep coming back to Reader+. I like the way it displays and I love the widget. Totally customizable and easy to scroll. I frankly don't know why it doesn't get more love.

      • Jose Luis de la Torre

        Totally agree. Best Feedly client actually IMO.

        • Stanislav Gruzdov

          +1 For Reader+!

  • Marcell Lévai

    Just to let you know - this latest version introduced bugs and graphical glitches for me - good ol' Galaxy S with 4.0.4 ICS. It's unusable now. I hope a fix comes soon.

  • DanaWright

    Iv'e tried using the app but never really enjoyed the experience. Iv'e been using Press and haven't looked back.

  • Matt

    "Support for Android Kitkat" has been removed in the blog post and Play Store notes...oops!

  • Matthew Fry

    Kit Kat "support" might be pushing it. I mean, it doesn't crash when I put it on my Kit Kat but it doesn't really do anything either.

  • Garry DeWitt

    >More fluid scrolling experience
    YES, FINALLY. Words cannot describe how happy I am that they fixed scrolling.