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A final farewell

Thank you for stopping by. Today, we powered down Google Reader. We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you'll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader. Sincerely, The Google Reader Team Frequently-asked questions: 1. What will happen to my Google Reader data? All...

Powering Down Google Reader

Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too. There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company...

New in Reader: a fresh design, and Google+ sharing

Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer Today we're rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago. Before the day's over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements:A new look and feel that's cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at. The ability to +1 a feed item (replacing...

Upcoming changes to Reader: a new look, new Google+ features, and some clean-up

Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer In the next week, we’ll be making some highly requested changes to Google Reader. First, we’re going to introduce a brand new design (like many of Google’s other products) that we hope you love. Second, we’re going to bring Reader and Google+ closer together, so you can share the best of your feeds with just...

Updates to the Google Reader app for Android

Posted by Brian Shih, Product Manager Today we’re excited to announce some updates to the official Google Reader app for Android. Over the last couple of months, we’ve added some of your most-requested features: Unread count widget - choose any feed, label, person, or “all items” and get the unread count on your home screen. Clicking on the widget...

More control over comments on shared items

Posted by Arif Siddiquee, Software Engineer As some of you have noticed, we've recently enhanced Reader's commenting abilities, via an "Options" menu that is present for all conversations about shared items. You can now get a link to the equivalent conversation in Google Buzz, which is handy for passing around a funny thread. If it's your shared...

The Android Google Reader app is here!

Posted by Peter Baldwin, Software Engineer It’s been a long time coming, but the official Google Reader app for Android is finally here. Let’s jump into the features, shall we? The app supports all the basics you’d expect like unread counts, friends, sharing, liking, and starring, but it also has a whole lot more, including: Multiple accounts...

Welcome, Google Apps users!

Posted by Brian Shih, Product Manager Google Apps recently launched an improvement that made dozens of exciting Google services available to Google Apps users for the first time. As part of this launch, Google Reader is now available to our Google Apps users for free with their Apps accounts. Google Apps is Google’s suite of cloud-based messaging...

Turning off the track changes feature

Posted by Brian Shih, Product Manager As of September 30th, we’ll be turning off track changes in Reader. While this isn’t a widely used feature, we wanted to let you know in advance so you can set up a suitable alternative (such as http://page2rss.com). Your previous updates will not go away, but you will stop receiving new updates from any custom...

A welcome and a look back

Posted by Mihai Parparita, Software Engineer The Reader team was saddened to hear that Bloglines will be shutting its doors on October 1. Bloglines was a pioneer in the feed reading space, and for Web 2.0 in general. We know that nothing will be quite like Bloglines in the hearts of its users, but if you're looking for another online feed reader,...

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