RSS users rejoice: Feedly is go for Project Normandy. The fastest growing alternative to Google Reader is making it official, migrating its users from the soon-dead Google backend to its own cloud. The transition makes Feedly, which was a Google Reader front-end, into a full blown alternative to Google’s soon-dead RSS reading service.
Even better: the company has announced an API and partnerships with a number of popular Google Reader clients – including Reeder, NextGen Reader and Press. This means Feedly is worth using if only as a back-end for those apps, which will otherwise stop working when Google shuts down on July 1.
If you want to not miss this transition, however, you need to make sure you’re using the latest version of Feedly on all your devices – upgrades are out for Android, iOS and all supported browsers. Browser users should be using version 16 to initiate the migration, while mobile users need only ensure they’re using the latest version offered in their app store of choice.
You’ll be asked whether you want to switch to Feedly’s servers, or stick with Google’s for a little longer. Don’t delay too long: come July 1 Google will shut down Reader forever, possibly taking your collection of RSS feeds with it.
The announced API means Feedly will be a way for users of Reeder (Mac, iOS), G Reader (Android) , Press (Android), NextGen (Windows 8, Windows Phone) and Newsify (iOS) to continue using their service on July 1 – all of those services claim their apps will be set up to sync with Feedly’s cloud before then.
Even better: the cloud will allow users who combine any number of these apps to stay in sync when Google shutters its service.
As for the updates themselves, skeptics of the mobile version of Feedly are in for a surprise: in my tests the new Feedly is much faster. Of course, I want to know what you think: is Feedly managing this transition well? Or are they destined to be overtaken – possibly by Digg? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Building Feedly