Want Google Reader to Stay? Sign this Petition!

As you would already know by now, Google is going to officially kill “Google Reader” – it’s popular RSS news aggregation service – starting July 1, 2013. This also means all your third-party feed reader apps like FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, Reeder, Pulp and many more, which rely on Google’s RSS service will also be buried along with Google Reader.

RIP Google Reader

You are now left with no choice but to start looking for Google Reader alternatives or shift to apps like Feedly, Flipboard or Currents.

From Google’s official announcement,

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

As you can see, the main reason for closing down reader (as per Google!) is the decline in its usage over the years. I really wonder if Orkut’s usage hasn’t declined till now?? Google!? 😉

The decline in Reader’s usage can be attributed to the increased use of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, both to stay updated with the news and also to connect with a community of like-minded people!

If you rely on Google Reader (and related products) to access your favourite RSS feeds, and don’t want to see it go, you can sign this petition at Change.org, protesting against Google’s move to shut down Google Reader. This petition has already crossed the 120,000 mark for supporter’s signatures.

Will Google listen to the moans of Reader users? What do you think?

Google Releases “Currents” – A Flipboard Like App for iOS and Android

This is a cross-post from iTechApple, our blog dedicated to Apple related stuff.

Yesterday, Flipboard was released for the iPhone. Flipboard which is a famous iPad social magazine app, comes with some iPhone exclusive features like “Cover Story” and Speed. These features will make their way to the iPad in near future. You can read more about the Flipboard App for the iPhone.

Google CurrentsGoogle released a brand new app called “Currents” in the US App store today. Like Flipboard, Google Currents is also a social app which offers a magazine-like interface for your favourite websites and Google Reader.

Google Currents which has been released for both iOS and Android platforms, is surely an attempt by Google to build up on the success that social apps like Flipboard have achieved. We now have to wait and watch what users prefer – Flipboard or Currents? 😉

Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed offline reading. Editions are all free and include:

* Publisher editions – Publishers such as Forbes, TechCrunch, Saveur, Popular Science, Good, 500px, Fast Company and more have produced hundreds of editions including in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, slideshows, live-maps, and social streams.

* Google trending editions – Google Currents uses Google search technology to hourly build a set of editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures.

* Your favorite blogs and feeds – Instantly, turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

Each edition is available for high speed offline reading, and provides quick-touch sharing. Google Propeller self-adapts to differently sized phones and tablets, with your subscriptions synchronized across devices. Google Currents – a reading experience not to be missed.

Below is an overview video for Google Currents.

Google Currents is currently available only in the US App store. Well, sorry for that!

We need to wait for this new social app from Google as it is not available for us in the UK store also. Stay tuned and we will update you once it makes to the App stores worldwide.

Have you downloaded this App to your iGadgets? Do share with us your review comments and feedback below.

[Originally posted on iTechApple]