Welcome to XDA

Search to go directly to your device's forum

Register an account

Unlock full posting privileges

Ask a question

No registration required
Post Reply

Best RSS Reader App

OP johnjohn25

25th July 2012, 11:29 PM   |  #1  
johnjohn25's Avatar
OP Member
Flag Austin
Thanks Meter: 3
 
32 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jun 2010
More
I'm wondering what RSS reader/google reader type apps you guys are using?

I have gReader Pro, Reader HD, FeedR, and NewsRob Pro. I have already also used the default google reader app and Just Reader and a few others. I still haven't found a google reader app that looks and works great. The main issues I have with the listed reader apps are that most don't display images properly, as in 70% of the screen is for the feed but pictures from flickr rss feeds or tumblr only show up as a small box fitting 10% of the screen; tons of unused space. Would be nice for an RSS reader app that smartly adjusted pictures for optimal screen usage.

Wish they'd make Reeder for android, that rss app is nearly perfect.
ace7196
25th July 2012, 11:37 PM   |  #2  
Guest
Thanks Meter: 0
 
n/a posts
gReader Pro. Best interface/everything.
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to For This Useful Post: [ View ]
25th July 2012, 11:45 PM   |  #3  
BlackDino's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 2,300
 
1,952 posts
Join Date:Joined: Sep 2010
Donate to Me
More
Personally I love Reader HD
to each their own.
25th July 2012, 11:47 PM   |  #4  
bcvictory's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Bendigo
Thanks Meter: 486
 
565 posts
Join Date:Joined: Oct 2011
More
Reader HD or the official Reader App for me. Maybe flip board when it gets optimized for tablets.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using xda premium
26th July 2012, 12:18 AM   |  #5  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 35
 
639 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jul 2010
More
What don't you like about JustReader? My go to tablet reader. Pictures show up pretty good, though not perfect. As for why an app doesn't do what you want it to do, trust me, it's a stupidly hard thing to do. You'd think it would be built in to android to make that an option, but by the time you are allowed to measure pixel size, all the automatic calls have passed. It takes some rewriting of how views measure themselves. I went through that with my Read It Later app I was working on before I canned it when Pocket came out.

For the apps that overcame that issue (JustReader being one of them) you then have the problem of online pictures being small. A 320x480 picture would be about 2.7" diagonally on a 7" 1280*800 screen. If you look at a feed like The Verge that uses large pictures, you will seem them fill edge to edge (on JustReader). However, other places use much smaller pictures. Then you have the problem that a lot of places send smaller pictures over RSS. For example, LifeHacker uses ~600x400 pictures on their website, but half that size on their RSS page. I will say I wish Just Reader handled images a little better in that it still centered the picture above the text (not hard to do, but I guess that was the devs design choice), but it scales pictures up to, but not past the devices native resolution, but it cannot magically make pictures higher res. None of these can. The alternative is super pixelated larger pictures.

*I don't mean to sound like a JustReader fanboy, it's simply the app I use and have experience with. I'm sure many of the other apps handle this the same way. I also feel that this is the most "Reeder" like app I've used. In fact, I prefer it due to the more customizable swipe gestures.
Last edited by E_man5112; 26th July 2012 at 01:05 AM.
The Following User Says Thank You to E_man5112 For This Useful Post: [ View ]
ace7196
26th July 2012, 12:22 AM   |  #6  
Guest
Thanks Meter: 0
 
n/a posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by E_man5112

What don't you like about Just Reader? My go to tablet reader. Pictures show up pretty good, though not perfect. As for why an app doesn't do what you want it to do, trust me, it's a stupidly hard thing to do. You'd think it would be built in to android to make that an option, but by the time you are allowed to measure pixel size, all the automatic calls have passed. It takes some rewriting of how views measure themselves. I went through that with my Read It Later app I was working on before I canned it when Pocket came out.

For the apps that overcame that issue (Just Reader being one of them) you then have the problem of online pictures being small. A 320x480 picture would be about 2.7" diagonally on a 7" 1280*800 screen. If you look at a feed like The Verge that uses large pictures, you will seem them fill edge to edge (on Just Reader). However, other places use much smaller pictures. Then you have the problem that a lot of places send smaller pictures over RSS. For example, LifeHacker uses ~600x400 pictures on their website, but half that size on their RSS page. I will say I wish Just Reader handled images a little better in that it still centered the picture above the text (not hard to do, but I guess that was the devs design choice), but it scales pictures up to, but not past the devices native resolution, but it cannot magically make pictures higher res. None of these can. The alternative is super pixelated larger pictures.

*I don't mean to sound like a Just Reader fanboy, it's simply the app I use and have experience with. I'm sure many of the other apps handle this the same way. I also feel that this is the most "Reeder" like app I've used. In fact, I prefer it due to the more customizable swipe gestures.

Is Just Reader and app, or do you mean Google Reader?

If you mean Google Reader, does it work with podcasts?
26th July 2012, 01:04 AM   |  #7  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 35
 
639 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jul 2010
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by ace7196

Is Just Reader and app, or do you mean Google Reader?

If you mean Google Reader, does it work with podcasts?

I mean JustReader (no space, my bad). It claims podcast support in the free version, but I've never done that. Always kept podcasts and rss seperate.
26th July 2012, 03:47 AM   |  #8  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 941
 
2,437 posts
Join Date:Joined: Sep 2008
gReaderPro. Best RSS reader available for Android from the functionality point of view, if you subscribe to dozens of feeds like I do it is really the way to go. If your RSS needs are more casual stuff like Flipboard and Currents or Pulse may suffice (prettier to look at).
The Following User Says Thank You to NZtechfreak For This Useful Post: [ View ]
26th July 2012, 03:53 AM   |  #9  
Account currently disabled
Thanks Meter: 269
 
1,586 posts
Join Date:Joined: Oct 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ace7196

gReader Pro. Best interface/everything.

I agree.
26th July 2012, 07:01 AM   |  #10  
jcjr81's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 7
 
146 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2010
Greader Pro. Its the best I've used. The layout is good, it's fast and it's reliable.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using xda premium

Post Reply Subscribe to Thread

Tags
rss
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes