Feedly for Android review: Your full-featured Google Reader replacement

Another thing I find disappointing about the Feedly app is that it doesn't let you reorganize subscriptions. Within the app, you can't rename categories or move items between categories. You can only delete items or, of course, add new ones.

Reading feeds
When it comes to displaying content, Feedly offers a number of different options. There's a magazine-style layout with large featured stories and smaller ones off to the side, a Cards option based completely on thumbnails, and a List view that makes economical use of your space by balancing small thumbnails with headlines. And finally, there's a Title-only view, which drops the images altogether and fills your screen with only story headlines. If that's not enough, you can customize the app's appearance with two different themes, five font styles, and four font sizes.

Sometimes Feedly can feel more like a magazine than an RSS reader. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

All of your navigation is organized in the sliding panel on the left, starting with tabs for recent content, all content, items that you've saved for later (starred items in Google Reader), and your different subscription categories. When you pick a tab, the app opens up a nifty magazine-style cover page with the first few posts featured prominently. Then, as you swipe left, you'll see the rest of the posts listed in chronological order. You can tap on any item to expand it to full-page view, and from there, pop out to a browser view, if you'd like. One thing worth mentioning is that you can tap on a category name to bring up a bundle of posts from all the sites in that category. With this capability, you don't necessarily have to go through your subscriptions site-by-site.

It's important to note that, as you swipe through your feeds, items are not automatically marked as read (unless you change this default setting). You can, however, give a page a quick swipe to the left to mark all items as read or a quick swipe to the right to undo the action. These gesture shortcuts can be extremely helpful for quickly sifting through content. Otherwise, only when you tap an individual post to expand it to full-page view does it get marked.

What I would love to see in Feedly is the two-panel view that keeps your list of feeds on the left with selected content on the right. This would help me to go through my content source by source, which is the way I like to do it. This view is available on the desktop browser-based version of Feedly, and I hope the company will incorporate it into the mobile apps, especially for tablets.

Extras
Feedly comes with a few bonuses that add value to the overall service. One of my favorites is its sharing features. From the menu in the top right of the screen, you can share items through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, e-mail, and more. Plus, from Feedly's Settings screen, you can input your Pocket or Instapaper to share with your favorite bookmarking service. Lastly, Feedly comes with a nifty home screen widget, so you can quickly jump to your subscriptions without having to launch the app first.

With all of its display options, availability on multiple platforms, and extra conveniences it offers, Feedly has earned its place as one of the best RSS readers on the market. And the good news is, with the death of Google Reader finally behind us, it's only going to get better.

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    About The Author

    Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.