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We’re coming up on the 6-month anniversary of the shutdown of Google Reader; and while some people might still be a little jaded about losing the beloved service, most have moved on to one of the many alternatives that popped up to replace it. Several great feed aggregators exist, many offering innovative improvements over Reader, but their mobile apps may not fit your needs. The developer of gReader, noinnion, intends to solve that with the release of News+, a feature-rich and very customizable news reader app with support for several services.

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Development on News+ started over 6 months ago, around the same time gReader added support for Feedly. Users of gReader should feel right at home with the new app since many of its features can be found in both. News+ includes podcast support, text-to-speech, notifications, multiple viewing modes, offline reading, 2-way sync, and even a Tasker plugin.

The interface is both phone and tablet optimized, and it shares Night Mode and many of the same themes with its predecessor. Widgets aren't currently available, but they will be coming with a future update.

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News+ was designed to enable reading content from all of your news aggregators and Read Later services. The only service included out-of-the-box is Google News, but additional extensions can be installed from the Play Store or sideloaded to gain access to many other sources. There is also an API on Github for building extensions, so we'll surely see more options in the future. Aside from the mysterious absence of Feedly, the list of extensions is already pretty good:

You can pick up News+ free on the Play Store, and it's even open-source on Github, but an unlock key is required to remove the ads and enable all of the features. Without the premium key you'll be limited to a single extension (in addition to Google News) and you won't have podcast support or the Voice Reading mode. Of course, paying for the unlock key will also help to fund future development.

If you like gReader but want to try out one of the other services out there, you should definitely give News+ a try!

Sources: News+, Github

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Owen Finn

    Wait - why didn't they just add this into gReader, seeing as I already paid for that? I won't be paying again.

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  • Frank Lopez

    Like the world needs yet another RSS reader pssss

  • DanieleMnn

    There's no reason for me to buy this app since I already use gReader Pro which is already the best RSS reader, I won't give noinnion more money for the same app.

  • PuzzledObserver

    Does that mean gReader will be phased out and replaced by this News+ app?

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    No feedly support, no trying it out by me...

  • woj_tek

    ok... but what is the difference to gReader?! =,=

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      The difference is you pay again. Greedy devs are greedy.

      • woj_tek

        that was my impression, but... there are free versions (which I'm using) thus it baffles me still...

      • DirkBelig

        Hmmm, anyone else realize that gReader can be pronounced "GREED-er"?

    • Eric

      I clicked on the article just to see the author answer that.. :/

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

    I'd consider this as an upgrade/redone gReader if they included Feedly. Will dl the free to play around. Oddly enough I just swapped to press two days ago because gReader was feeling clunky and Press added a dark theme. There are aspects I like about press, but overall I think greader is slightly faster.

  • Dave

    Weird how there's no Feedly or The Old Reader support... guess I'll just stick with gReader

    edit: oh it looks like they want other people to develop the extensions instead.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I think The Old Reader can be used by the Google Reader API Clone extension. I'm not actually sure of that, but I think The Old Reader was an API clone.

      I suspect a Feedly plugin will probably turn up at some point. Since this is just the first release, I imagine the developers decided to focus on the core app and services that weren't already supported by gReader.

  • wickets

    "Aside from the mysterious absence of Feedly,"

    ???? if feedly is ones aggregator, whats the point of using this app? Also, as others have pointed out: greader pro

  • Onil

    Doesn't "Google Reader API Clones" => Feedly?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wait, so how is this better than Play Newsstand or Pulse or Flipboard?

  • mma173

    I'll buy it when Feedly support comes in. I'm in full support for this developer.

  • http://wingednazgul.blogspot.com/ Winged Nazgul

    I've ported all my old gReader feeds to Feedly and that is what I am currently using. Any potential app that wants to replace it better have Feedly support or I'm not even going to give it the time of day.

  • templeruins

    Feel this needs more explanation as to why this is not just greader update. I love greader, and respect this dev, but I use greader with feedly, so again, more explanation needed here.

  • lehung

    I think the discussion is a little bit unfair. People always expect to pay once and use a software for lifetime. They don't know the hard work behind the development of an app. On desktop you also have to pay for updates.

    gReader always get updates and improvements. And this is what you are paying for. People who are satisfied with it could still stick with the app. There is no need to complain about it. I think News+ offers you some interesting features. e.g. using different services in one app, searching for articles in Google News. Also extensions could be created by everyone.

    • Asaf Geva

      I agree and I've happily supported news+. Even though it looks like gReader it's very different -it allows me to read everything in one place and one UI.

    • social_t

      :D ppl always like to complain. I think it's great that there is finally a fine Android client for everyone who use alternative services like me. Can't wait for future devs

    • PuzzledObserver

      Ok man, fair enough. Can you please show me the steps to add the Android Police feed into this News+ app?

      • lehung

        you should select an extension with the feed service you are using and press on the + button. there you can search for AndroidPolice

        • PuzzledObserver

          I added Tiny Tiny Rss extension. I appears under Google News. Then I selected it. The first screen that come up asks for: Server URL, Username, Password, Http Authentication (optional) Username, Password. What is this login related to? for doing what? I don't know what to answer because this is my very first time using Tiny Tiny RSS. Is it a paid service? Sorry this sounds silly. I used several RSS Reader in the past. I always managed to add subscription easily. But with this News+ app, I have no idea. May be this app is not ready and was released by accident in the Play Store.

          • lehung

            TT-RSS is an open sourced feed service. You should install it on your own server. here is the link: http://tt-rss.org

  • http://papped.webatu.com papped

    Happy enough with Press after the last update

  • Ray

    My thoughts echo everyone else's - what is the point of this app when gReader already seems to do the same thing? Is gReader now obsolete, no more updates? It was only a few weeks ago I forked out $5 for gReader, and now they dump this new, somewhat identical app on us.

  • Issemann

    Does it have a web front-end, like Feedly or Google Reader, that stays in sync with the app?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      News+ is not a service itself, it acts as a client to other RSS aggregator services. I'm not sure about all of those in the list, but I think most of them have web front-ends.

  • Sac Bunt Melvin

    > If you liked gReader

    What do you mean "liked" gReader? Did it go somewhere?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Nope, that was a typo. Fixed

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