October 2, 2014

The best paid RSS reader apps for Android

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Press Widget

In terms of the settings, Press has a bunch of different specific settings that you can change and set, so that you get the best experience out of Press. Everything can be adjusted. From the Automatic Syncing that Press performs with your RSS aggregator of choice, to the various “Reading” settings which allows you to change how you view your RSS feeds within Press. There is also a settings panel to change and adjust the way that Press displays your RSS feeds via the built in widget. The two different widgets are an overall widget that you can either choose to see all the unread articles, or a counter to see how many articles are piling up in Press.

Press is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular RSS reader available on the Play Store, and it’s definitely up there in terms of being one of my favorite apps for Android. If you’ve been on the fence about Press, you can grab it via the Play Store widget for $2.99, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Amber RSS Reader


Amber Feeds

Another candidate for the most used RSS reader on my HTC One M8, is Amber. I first learned about Amber via Google+ after I saw that the developer was asking for beta testers. While I’ve been in and out of testing the betas for awhile, the current version on the Play Store satisfies my needs just as well. Unlike Press, where your RSS feeds are separated into their specific categories, Amber separates your unread articles, into whichever websites you follow. However, if you pull open the Navigation Window, all of your overall categories are displayed for you to select individually.

Something that Amber does, that Press does not, is allow you to add more content to your RSS feeds from within the application. With Press, you would need to go to your RSS aggregator, add the specific site, move to the specific category (if you chose to), then you can reap the benefits of Press. Amber allows you to simply hit the “Add Content” button, type in the site that you’re looking for, and voila, you’ve added more content to your already crowded RSS feed. Once you’ve added your latest feed, if you want to categorize it, simply slide over the Navigation bar, go to “Uncategorized” press and hold on the feed you just added, and hit the “tag” logo.

Amber Navigation Bar

While reading through your RSS feeds, if you see something you’d like to read, tap the article, and it displays it within immersive mode. This setting can be changed easily, so don’t think there’s no choice. At the top of the screen there are only three options, Favorite, Mark Read, and Share. While there aren’t navigation buttons at the bottom of the page, like Press, you can simply swipe to the left to read the next article, or right, to go back to the previous article. In order to get back to the main overview of feeds, simply tap the name of the feed you are currently on, in the top right hand corner, and Amber will take you back to the previous panel.

In regards to the customizable settings for Amber, the developer really put a lot of thought into allowing users to make Amber their own. You can customize all the normal options, like refresh frequency, and the traditional appearance settings, but they went a step further and allow you to change the over all App Theme Color, which is something that I had never seen before I used Amber. Usually, that’s pre-determined by the developer, and it doesn’t bother me, but the fact that it’s something else that I can play around with, it’s an added bonus.

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