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Top Android App: Greed

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 in News and Weather, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

Greed (Lite) is a free RSS feed reader with Google Reader integration.  Greed can be used to read and maintain your Google Reader account from your Android phone, so you’ll need your Google Reader user ID (Gmail username) and password to start using this app.

Application: Greed (Lite)
Version: 1.0.6
Size: 283KB

Category: News & Weather
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.5/5
User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 4.5/5
Originality: 4/5
Indispensability: 4.5/5
The main screen yields four options:
What’s New: This page shows articles in order of when they were posted, starting with the most recent.
Folders: This page will show your feeds organized into the labels that you’ve defined as folders in Google Reader.  You can long-press to delete a label (this will not delete the feeds contained within it, just the label itself) however there currently isn’t an option to create new labels in Greed.
Feeds: This will probably be your most popular selection.  This page shows a list of each RSS feed that you are currently subscribed to.  Feeds with unread content will show up in bold with the number of unread items in parenthesis to the right of the title.  Hitting menu here you can add a feed, manually update feeds, mark all as read, or click to get help.
Starred Items: This page is very straight forward, showing only the articles that you have starred.
The settings included in the app allow you to set the number of feed items to fetch, whether you want the application to start on boot, and notifications.  Notifications can be set for all new items or for particular feeds only (mark feeds for notification in the feeds page by long-pressing).  Also, you can set how often Greed will check for new feeds.  The range for this setting is once every minute to once every day, depending on how often you need/look at your RSS feed content.  This option is nice for conserving battery life, as a longer time between polling for new items will use less battery.
One very nice feature of this application is that you can long-press on a feed title to do a variety of things with it.  You can select, mark as read, start a notification, edit the name, edit the label, or delete the article.  Similarly, if you long-press on an individual article you can choose to open, copy article link, e-mail article link, view full article (in the browser), share the item (with friends/family or whoever you’re connected with on Google Reader), mark as unread, or add star.
Another small but nice feature of this app is that each page has its own help menu with a pretty thorough explanation of how to use all of the features.
Lastly, the most important feature is that Greed is integrated with Google Reader so that changes made in the app to any folder, feed, or article will automatically be shown in Google Reader as well.  Adding a feed is very simple, all you need is the URL.
Overall, this is a very simplistic yet functional RSS feed reader.  And now, since you’ve got an Android based device, you should start subscribing to RSS feeds through Greed and Google Reader so you can stay up to date on all the topics you are most interested in. Start by adding this site so you’ll always have the inside scoop on the best Android applications.

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