This post was first published in 2015 and was updated in April 2017.
RSS feeds aren’t as popular now as they were before. There are many apps available now that provide curated and customizable content to help you stay updated with the latest news and trends. However, there are still many users that opt to use RSS feeds for news and to follow their favorite blogs. With so many RSS feed reader apps out there on the Play Store, it’s always a tough task to choose the perfect one. To make this task easier for you, we have shortlisted some of the best RSS Feed Reader apps that are available on Android.
Feedly got popular right after it was announced that Google Reader will be discontinued. Currently, it’s the most popular RSS feed reader available. What made it popular is its simplicity and wide range of features. You can follow any publication, blog or YouTube channel by simply searching for the name in the search bar. You get a distraction-free mode where you can clearly read the content without other graphical distractions like ads.
The whole navigation between different feeds and articles is based on gestures. It might take a few minutes to understand how it works and get the hang of it. There’s even a team version where you can collaborate with coworkers and curate content.
If Feedly is for everyone, Inoreader is for everyone including the geeks. Inoreader tries to be a reading service that’s backed by RSS instead of just being an RSS reader. And it’s built that way. You start by choosing sources from categories you like, and Inoreader does the job of populating the feed for you.
Inoreader’s best pull is its app itself. While not gorgeous, it’s utilitarian – clean and feature-rich. Many RSS feeds are truncated, and you can’t get full-text feeds even after using hacks. In Inoreader just swipe up, and the app will show the full text. That combined with finely tuned reading/sync settings and the automation stuff makes Inoreader the perfect app for the RSS geek. If you have around 50 to 100 subscriptions, look into Inoreader.
Palabre provides loads of features and customizations for users. With Palabre, it’s not just limited to blogs and websites – you can even add your Twitter and Flickr timelines as feeds. You can completely customize the look of your feeds with different layouts and colors. It gets you started with a bunch of popular websites to follow, so you don’t have to waste time adding them. It also has Feedly integration, so that’s a plus.
The “Reading” section is clean and distraction-free by default. You can choose to view the article in its original form. There’s also a text-to-speech feature to hear the news while using headphones. A nice little feature that I personally like is “History” which keeps track of all the articles that you’ve read.
While NewsTab is a daily news app, under the hood it works as an RSS Feed Reader as well. It’s the best designed RSS reader in my opinion. The UI is neat and crisp. The navigation is flawless, and you’ll easily get the hang of it in no time. You can create your own sections and classify the Feeds accordingly. The search feature makes it even easier for you to add your favorite websites and blogs.
The content reading area provides a “Simplified Article Mode” which allows you to customize the content. You can change the font, color, and their size according to your liking. Apart from that, there’s even an “Offline Mode” to take the content offline. You can take an entire section of feeds for offline reading.
gReader is one of the oldest and most-used RSS Feed Reader apps on Android. The best thing about this app is that it gives you full control over how the app should work. You can completely customize the app and the display of the content. If you like to quickly analyze and read the headlines, then there’s an option to automatically mark an article as “Read” as you scroll which will reduce the clutter of feeds. Want to quickly switch between your read and unread articles? Well, there’s a quick toggle button for that, too.
There are various services available in the app like “Voice reading,” “Translate” and many others. If you feel some services are unnecessary, you can simply turn them off in the settings. There’s also a separate section to change how the content caching on the app should work. You can even backup your preferences in your phone storage if you’ve done lots of customization. This can be helpful in case you uninstall and reinstall the app.
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RSS Reader is one of the best lightweight RSS readers available on the Play Store. Despite being lightweight, it’s loaded with all the necessary features. The interface is completely customizable. The layout of the feeds can be changed and sorted by “Newest,” “Oldest” or the “Favorites.” You also get a widget for the homescreen that shows unread articles in the form of a counter.
The content reading area also comes with a good pack of features. You can swipe left and right to go to the next or previous article. There’s even a Mobilizer integrated to fully extract the articles from the feed. Similar to gReader, you get options to change the Synchronization and Cache settings of the app. A quick button to take the Feeds offline is also available.
Each user has their own preferences when choosing apps. I personally use gReader as it gives me full control over the app and its usage. The list mentions apps that have diverse features and unique designs. You should have your pick. So, which RSS Feed Reader app will you choose and why? Let us know down in the comments.
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