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Google Reader for Android gets new widgets

Two new widgets, a new feature, and more language support in its official RSS-reading app for Android.

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Google Reader for Android

If you've been disgruntled by a dearth of widgets in Google Reader for Android, today's news might pacify you.

Google issued three new features and support for Russian translation today in its Reader app. Two of them are widgets. You can now mark a previous item as read, a feature first found on the mobile-optimized version of Reader online.

As for the widgets, one will display the number of unread items on your home screen and take you there when you select it. The other widget is a larger-size news ticker you can selectively filter. It, too, will open your story or stream when you tap it. 

Although Reader is compatible on phones running Android 1.6 and higher, widget activity works only on Android 2.2 Froyo and up.