What’s new in Feedly 18 for Android?

We just released the new version of feedly for Android to the Google Play Store.

As mentioned in the beta announcement, the main feature of this release is speed reading – a new tap gesture which allows power readers to quickly jump from one inlined article to the next:

Speed Reading

Here is a summary of the other features and bug fixes we are releasing as part of the this request:

1) We redesigned the user experience on the Nexus 7 – focusing on speed and efficiency.

2) We fixed the back button bug reported by many users – where the app would sometimes require multiple back taps to exit.

3) We addressed the rendering bug reported by many Android 4.1 users. This was due to an optimization we put in place for Kitkat but did not play nice with Android 4.1. If you are a feedly + android 4.1 user, you should see fewer rendering issues.

4) We enhanced the login. We now offer a full Google+ login option (the red ‘Login with Google’ button) as well as the old Google OAuth button. The Google+ option comes with a safer Single Sign On implementation and a better sharing dialog. Your choice.

5) Fixed the login expiration bug.

6) Improved the speed of the image processing service. This was one of the key requirements to delivering the speed reading feature.

7) Added a new Mark All As Read card which includes some status about your reading session. More on this later this year.

8) Compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear. More on this next week.

9) Removed the colors in the left selector. This is because we will soon allow users to assign colors to categories, making colors functional.

10) New enhanced black/night theme.

What are the next features we are exploring for feedly mobile 19?
+ Tagging
+ Evernote integration (pro)
+ Customizable font and font size
+ Ability to associate a color to each collections
+ Better search
+ Smooth scrolling for the title only view
+ Offline support for home, must reads and saved items
+ Notification support for must reads

If you want to participate to the creation of the feedly roadmap, join the feedly beta community.


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98 thoughts on “What’s new in Feedly 18 for Android?”

  1. Back button was working fine for me UNTIL this version: now it CRASHES Feedly.
    (Nexus 4, Android 4.4.2)

    For all the rest, and this is a very big “rest”, THANK YOU!

      1. Most recent example (one minute ago):
        – Home (article list)
        – tap first article (which opens in the integrated browser)
        – tap the rubber / remove clutter tool (works)
        – tap back (brings back article with “clutter” — which is new for me: previously was skipping article and going back to article list)
        – tap back: crashes

        1. Daniel, I am able to reproduce this. It seems to be related to the “open web site directly” option. Going to open a P0 bug so that we get it fixed ASAP. Please join the beta community so that next time we can fix these bugs before the production release :-)

          1. I just downloaded the update this morning and it is version 18.0.03 and I’m having the same issue with the Feedly back button. I have to use the back button on my Nexus 4 to get out of an article that I’m reading. The Feedly back button in the upper left corner doesn’t respond at all. So I’m not sure the back button issues are totally fixed. Thanks.

    1. The oauth version should no require a google plus profile. It uses the old google oauth infrastructure. -edwin

      1. That is not true.
        Both options require a google+ profile. If you don’t have one, you can not login without creating one. Will not use it until fixed.

      2. Same issue. Cannot login without creating Google+, regardless of which method used. Tried clearing app data, reinstalling, no luck.

    2. I cannot login. It asks me to create a Google+ profile. I click cancel to prevent this and it just hangs on login. Unusable …

    1. I will ask the google+ team. My understanding is that it is based on the accounts you have define at the android level or on google.com but I do not know how pages play into this. -Edwin

      1. So it turns out, it asks you if you want to use your personal account or your current page when sharing. Interestingly enough the auth dialog showed the profile picture of a page that was not my active page at that time.

  2. Requests for the next update:
    – Imersive mode for 4.4.x KitkKat user
    -Translucent bars (status and navbar) for a new look.
    -Option to load full articles without have to open the integrated browser or leave the app (like Flyne).

  3. I am happy to see finally an update is out in trying to tackle the issues arouse in the previous v17 versions. But some issues still yet to be resolved in this version.

    And I hope it will be more transparent about the fixing progress/addressing the issues to let users know about the team is on the issues.

    Device: Motorola Razr Maxx (XT910), Android 4.1.2, AU Retail Firmware

    Previous issues experiencing in v17.x:
    1. Hardware buttons(menu and back) issues
    – seems resolved, I’ll see if I meet this issue again in v18
    2. interface and content lost in article view while transversing articles by swiping/tapping left/right
    – still exists
    The process to reproduce:
    a. Open the app, swipe out the list of source and select a feed source (Category/a single feed source)with more than 3 unread items, using title-view
    b. click 2nd item in the 1st page you see
    c. tapping left/swiping left
    d. The navigation bar/article content may disappear. If not, try to tapping/swiping right to go back original starting point, and repeat tapping/swiping left, the issue will happen in 1/2 times in repeating these actions.
    3. constant crashes without promoting report options especially in clicking visit website (it should open the item in embedded browser)
    – still exists
    Reproducing steps:
    a. Open the app, find a feed source (a single feed source) with unread item(s) in title view
    b. click the unread item.
    c. Find the visit website button in the article view. Click it.
    d. The app may crash and return to last screen you start the app without any messages.

    – Interface is more responsive.
    – Speed reading is great. Looking forward to see more functions regarding for massive and quick feeds reading.

    1. I’ve been having problems with this for several versions. This latest one does it even more often.

      Can we stop rolling out “improvements” and actually stabilize the existing app? I picked Feedly over the other Google Reader replacements *specifically* because it had a good mobile app, and now it’s useless to me. Maybe consider rolling out a much simplified reader without all the social, etc. features that no one really cares about.

    1. Did you try to click on the grey “Login with Oauth” option to login to feedly? That should not require a Google plus profile. It should just use the old Google OAuth back end. Similar to what we use on the web.

      1. I tried both login options (red and gray one). Both will create google+ profile if you continue with login.

      2. I am the person who commented on this issue earlier. Confirming that both login options req g+ creation. Have also tried with this newest update.

        When you were working with google reader of course we’d need to login with google credentials… But now that my feed list is supposedly hosted by you, I do not understand why you’re still going this route? Feedly service / login should now use its own user/pass … Would save a lot of headaches.

    2. Same here. New tablet and Google+ is in both methods the only option. This is really, really annoying.

      1. A customer support representative told me it’s a bug and the next update will fix the problem. While I appreciate the quick fix, it makes me a bit wary about the future. I hope that the Feedly team realizes that some people want to keep a clear distinction between their professional news feeds and a personal Google+ account. Let alone forcing people to use Google+ altogether.

        1. Yes. This was indeed a bug we did not catch during the beta. It has been fixed in the 18.0.4 update we just pushed out. In 18.0.4, the “Login with OAuth” option does not require Google+ at all. -Edwin

          1. Oh come on!
            Now we have to manually enter our email and password to log in!
            What happened to ‘Android’ login. I use more than one account on my android, and switching was easy before. Why the hell do you force google+? And complicate the hell out of other login options.
            Is there gonna be a day, when we will finally get native user/pass login?

            1. Second that. The ‘Android login’ option disappearing is very annoying. That was the only acceptable option to use Feedly with multiple users on one device. Entering user/pass info on every user switch is getting very old after about 2 switches.

              Please return the ‘android login’ that did not require entering any info upon switching!

    1. Brad. Please look at the animated gif. It is enabled by default. When you open an article, tap on the right edge to jump to the next article. The band is very narrow on mobile. This feature is aimed at 7″ tablets and the iPad. I hope this helps.

  4. Thanks a lot for the update Feedly team. The app is getting better and better. I’m really happy to see that smooth scrolling is on the todo list. It’s been something I have wanted for a while. I do have one feature request. I would like an “Are you sure?” dialogue to be added to the “Mark category as read” button in the drop down menu. My reason for wanting this is that the “Mark category as read” button is right under the “Refresh” button and I have hit the wrong one by mistake on multiple occasions. This has caused me to loose track of what I have and haven’t yet read (which can be quite a pain). As I am sure some people would only be annoyed by an “Are you sure?” popping up, it could perhaps be an option that could be enabled via “Settings”.

    Thanks again and keep up the great work :)

  5. How about masking categories with 0 unread articles and in cluttering my drawer menu?

    I’m fed up with scrolling with pages of empty categories to find the ones that actually get content to read.


    1. Good suggestion Carl. I think that we have a preference option for this on the web. We could start by honoring it on the mobile too. Will talk to the team about it. -Edwin

  6. Very nice.
    I found nowhere to contact you or post a bug. Where can i do it?
    Please fix the bug when you see the list of saved for later in navigator view. Articles with long titles cannot be marked hidden nor unsaved. The links dont appear!!! I have several there stuck.

    The side panel and the back button functionality didnt match the common android way in other apps. Thats why it was truly annoying. I have to check the new system.
    But the main screen is the news view. The side panel is something over the news. If you hit back button you obviously want to be in the main window.
    On the contrary if the main window was the menu as a full screen view and the app started there then pushing back from there would close the app. In the news view it would be comming back to the menu.
    Thats what everybody expects on android.


  7. I can’t anymore click the upper-left feedly button when in full website view to go back to feedly where I was!? Why? It was working in previous 17.x versions. Now I can only go back by using the back button in my tablet.

    It was really excellent to have that “feedly button goes back when in website view” feature. It was like “context sensitive” button; when in feedly it would show the left feedly menu, and when in website view it would go back.

    It was awesome, didn’t have to move left hand (supporting tablet) at all & right hand could be used for navigating only. The physical back button is often hard to reach (& sometimes it reads 1 touch as 2 which is not nice at all) when using the tablet on your lap.

    Please bring this functionality back!! It couldn’t hurt.. now the feedly button does nothing when in website view!!

    1. I have the exact same issue on my Nexus 4, I have to use the Nexus 4 back button, the Feedly back button in the upper left corner does not respond when in the web view.

  8. I see that the “all items with “now” time status can’t be marked as read” has come back in feedly cloud. This was fixed some time ago, but with latest version(s) it has come back. :( Did you re-use your old code?

    No matter how many times you mark the items as read, they come back as soon as you refresh the page (with feedly refresh options or page refresh). You’ll have to wait for the items to change to “0min” and only after that the items can be “marked as read”.

  9. What have you done with the Magazine view? It now shows one huge tile and a view smaller. List view looks more similar to the older Magazine view, but in landscape mode on my Nexus 7 it just looks horrible, all pushed to the left with a huge white space on the right, and thumbnails are too small for me. I want List view with thumbnails like in the Magazine view, and in landscape mode it should use all space (two columns like before).

  10. The update has just been a pain for me so far. The menu sidebar won’t swipe away at times and when cleaning up an article, the night time theme doesnt kick in (copy stays black on white where it used to change to white on black)
    Nexus 10

  11. Feedly still crashes EVERY TIME I try to open any article directly from at least two of my feeds. No error message, no nothing. At least the article isn’t marked as read afterwards. This has been going on since Update 17. Going to install an older version again.

  12. Any chances to bring back navigation to the category view using the back button making the one-handed navigation awesome?

  13. Other than adding new features/fixing old problems, I bet Feedly should make a page solely for the changelog, which should keep track of the history of changes made in different versions. Then we could have a more information about the updates. Take greader and MX player as examples, the developers made the page so that users could know further what is done on different versions. Furthermore, Feedly should also consider also publishing old versions’ apk as problems aroused by the changes in newer versions might degrade the usability of the app. The archived apks could provide a way for users to stay with Feedly official app which worked for those users though it might be old and less functions,

  14. Bug report:
    I changed the view schema of a category to “Magazine view”, and now I can’t change it back to “Detect” view schema. I think it might be a bug. If it is not a bug, what should I do to change the view schema back to “Detect”? Thanks!

  15. Would be great if you’d tackle technology like “paste” in the add content dialog.
    With feedly for web browser refusing to load due whatever it thinks it wrong with any of my extensions, and the android version not being able to use URLs from the clipboard, I am no longer able to add new content.
    Too bad, I thought this blog might’ve been a good addition…

  16. Please include the ability to increase the default font size of the in-app browser (ie when I tap “Visit website” the font size is tiny and has to be manually zoomed)

    Increase the contrast of the night theme.

  17. Just got the new iOS feedly app and noticed the new NIGHT theme and DO NOT LIKE IT. Please go back to the darker-black night theme – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

  18. Can we please, please get the ability to easily move followed blogs from one category to another? Right now, to the best of my knowledge, the only way to move a blog to a different category if you set up one that suits it better is to delete the blog from your list, search for it again, and add it back to the different category. When you’re moving quite a few blogs this becomes quite the task. Being able to simply click and drag them for example to other categories when you’re in the “edit content” section would easily make this app much, much more efficient and productive then it already is.

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