Google has, at long last, released the official Android app for its popular Google Reader web-based aggregator service.
In a blog post, the search giant said: “It’s been a long time coming, but the official Google Reader app for Android is finally here.”
While there’s no shortage of options for third-party aggregators with Google Reader integration, for the hardcore Googlers, the alternatives don’t simply cut it.
The official app offers all the traditional features, such as unread counts, friends, sharing, liking, and starring (favourites) of content. On top of that, it allows users to link multiple accounts simultaneously, in case you have more than one personal and business use, plus synchronisation preferences to keep content flowing in at a steady pace without killing your battery, the option to subscribe to feeds directly from the app and of course, a built-in search.
There are also some subtle but mighty useful options such as the ability to scroll items using the volume rocker, if enabled in the settings. Meanwhile, long-pressing a folder or subscription will pop-up a context menu to rename, unsubscribe and change folders. And last but not least, hitting the menu button on any item will allow you to share that item via a variety of options, including email, Facebook and Twitter.
Google Reader is free to download right now from the Android Market and should run on any device running Android 1.6, AKA Donut, and higher.