With latest update, Press is now the best Google Reader app for Android, by far

Daniel Bader

January 18, 2013 10:27 am

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When we spoke to the two-person team behind Press for Android in December, they were unabashedly excited about version 1.0, but they seemed even more so for its follow-up. Version 1.1 addresses almost every problem and omission lodged against the app since its launch, and it now stands alone (in my opinion, at least) as the best Google Reader app for Android, by a long shot.

The main thing to know is that you can now schedule automatic updates behind the scenes, in intervals of 15, 30, 60, 120 and 600 minutes. You can also have the app automatically update your feeds whenever you re-enter, which is a great convenience when you’re just looking to catch up on what happened over the last few minutes.

The developers also added two easy ways to navigate between items, another omission of the 1.0 app. A small box with up and down arrows now appears at the bottom of your feed; you can tap on them to switch articles, or set up your volume keys to do the same. This dialog can be hidden and re-shown again with ease, and while it’s a little disappointing that you can’s swipe between articles, the architecture of the app doesn’t support it. Since you’re able to swipe right at any time to return to the main article list, it wouldn’t make sense to allow horizontal swipes to determine your place in the feed, so the arrow/volume button combo is your next best bet. I’d like to see vertical swipes used to navigate between feeds, but I’m sure the developers had their reasons for not implementing it in this way.

Improvements have been made elsewhere in the app, so it’s meaner and leaner than before. If you haven’t picked up Press for Android yet, do yourself a favour.

Download Press for Android.

  • daguy

    The method of navigating between articles in full view seems pretty tacked on to me. I would have liked to see something that was gesture based instead.

    Absolutely the best Google Reader client on Android.

    • Randy S

      Check out the app EasyRSS – you can swipe up and down to see next and previous articles (respectively) and swipe right to go back to the article list.

      Overall, it sounds to me like all these updates to Press make it just closer to as good as EasyRSS (which can also star articles without leaving the app, as other comments have desired).

  • harpoon

    all I want is the ability to star something without going into the actual article a la iOS’ Reeder app and I’ve not a single complaint as I use starring to go back and read stuff when I have more time.

  • Mark

    If it doesn’t have a widget, it isn’t the best. Until it does, official reader app is king

  • bossman74

    @harpoon GReader allows me to star or un-star an article without opening it.

  • big t i t s n hoo ker lips

    People actually still read books these days? I thought everyone were too busy reading and posting Stu pid Facebook statuses.

    North America have gone full r****d with Facebook.

  • Senseless

    I think feedly is still the best Google Reader / feed app, by far….

    • Senseless

      There is even a chrome browser extension with feedly, so you can have everything synchronized.

  • nima

    I personally prefer the stock reader. This one seems to be form over function. I go through over a hundred items at once, I don’t want to keep reaching for a back button.

  • drxcheng

    Why you want $2 press when you have free Google current, flipboard, pulse…

  • harpoon

    @bossman74 I know, but if that was in Press I’m just saying for me it’d be perfect. To me it has form and function

  • Brad

    Press doesn’t even come close to the speed, readability, and just plain hawtness of Feedly, imo at least…

    • Fluxman

      I have to say, I like these articles, just because I can find better apps that people recommend in the comments. From my 15 min or so of using Feedly, I can say I love it.

  • Colin V

    not even close, refunded.

    needs to be way faster, MUST have widget, swipe article to article

    google reader is still king even with its issues.

  • simian

    Going to give it a try but Feedly is still the ring of the readers IMHO.