We are just a couple of days away from the end of Google Reader. When Google announced the demise of Google Reader a few months ago, it gave Feedly a ton of new users. In fact they landed hundreds of thousands within 24 hours of Google’s announcement. Feedly has been working in a ton of new features, and updates in the process of becoming the “new Google Reader”. Today, they are announcing that their dependence on Google Reader is over and launching their own cloud platform along with a brand new web interface.
Feedly is also saying that they are officially making the transition from a product to a platform, which I’m definitely excited about. Especially since they have many of our favorite Google Reader apps on board. Like Press, gReader, gNewsReader, Menere, Pure News and many others. Feedly is supplying developers and RSS users alike with a painless migration path from Google’s Reader. The company is also showing off their new version of Feedly for the web which doesn’t require any extensions or plugins. Previously, Feedly required an extension to be installed to use.
I mentioned already that Feedly offers support for a bunch of third-party apps, and Feedly says that numerous other developers are working on their own for the near future. Now, Feedly is also touting that their user base has more than tripled since Google announced the death of Google Reader. Jumping from about 4 million to over 12 million in that short time. Of course, only time will tell if Feedly can really be a Google Reader replacement. But it’s really looking like a good alternative. Especially with their team working diligently to incorporate new features and push out new updates. It seems like Feedly has a new update every week.