Open web pages in external browser – feedly for Android 25.0.4

Open web pages in external browser

A lot of users have been asking us to open web pages in the external browser instead of inside feedly so we spent some time and implemented this feature as part of the 25.0.4 update we just pushed to the beta channel (note: there is a settings option called “open external browser” to disable this feature if you prefer to open web pages in feedly.

Open Browser Directly

New fonts and font sizes

As part of version 25.0.4, we also focused on improving readability of articles by offering users a new set of fonts and font sizes.

New Mobile Fonts

Different people like different fonts so we are offering a set of settings to let you fully control the reading experience.

Screenshot 2014-12-14 15.18.44

Happy eyes, happy reading. One of our goals for 2015 is to continuously improve the reading experience and make feedly the reference when it comes to reading web content so if you have suggestions on how to improve legibility or productivity please let us know.

25.0.4 is currently in beta. If everything goes well, it should be promoted to the main channel on Monday or Tuesday.

Update Dec 17th: The result from the beta is that this build dramatically reduces the number of crashes so we just promoted 25.0.4 to the main channel.

/Edwin, Seb and Michal

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22 thoughts on “Open web pages in external browser – feedly for Android 25.0.4”

  1. At last! thanks.
    I hope few others will agree that the internal browser kinda sucks so this will save one extra click most of the time.

  2. You should describe the process which led to this feature getting prioritised. Is there a uservoice suggestion that had many up votes?

    I tried searching in your uservoice but search is broken.

    1. Hi Caolite. The process is a combination of feedback we are hearing from users on twitter, pro support, open feedly community and the fact that we saw a lot of crashes in feedly dur to the loading of external pages.

  3. I’m using feedly from the beginning now and was always asked if I want to use feedly or any other installed browser on my devices to open posts on the web. So, why do you think you have to change anything here?

    1. Before we would first open the web pages inside the feedly app and as a user you had to click on the overflow button and click on the browser button to open the content in the external browser.

  4. “One of our goals for 2015 is to continuously improve the reading experience and make feedly the reference when it comes to reading web content so if you have suggestions on how to improve legibility or productivity please let us know.”

    Three words which I’ve been saying since the beginning: High. Contrast. Mode.

    That is, a font *no lighter than* #202020 and a background *no darker than* #F0F0F0. Currently the text font in the “White” theme is #545454 — really, only two-thirds darker than the background!? (67.1875%, to be precise.) That’s far lighter than printed pages of real books — which should be the benchmark of readability. This blog suffers the same problem, with text color #555555 on white.

    Extreme high contrast is indeed a bad reading configuration for some users (such as those with visual problems which contribute to certain forms of dyslexia, when using displays without sub-pixel smoothing) but is absolutely *critical* to other users (like the majority of people over, say, age 60; or those not fitting into the previously mentioned visual group who use low-resolution screens). A bit more contrast than the existing options, however, is useful for almost everyone.

    There should be two additional themes with background #FFFFFF as with the White theme: a High Contrast White theme with text color somewhere near #242424, and a Super High Contrast with text color of exactly #000000. There’s a reason pure black on pure white was chosen for the default HTML colors over twenty years ago: they actually work, and work very well for text-heavy content.

    I do understand the idea of eye-focus contrast differentiation, however. Such High Contrast options can still have the left sidebar in a slightly lighter text, say, #383838 or so (but not as light as #545454). This still serves the purpose of directing eyes more naturally to content, without sacrificing too much readability of the left sidebar.

    Too many modern visual designers look at low contrast as some sort of “beauty” element. That’s great for presentation elements, but it’s an absolute killer for *text which is intended to be read by the user*. I’m sure that I am not the only person who uses Feedly to read text content, instead of look at Tumblr photos.

    And I’m not even particularly opinionated on this; I just want to be able to read things with fewer eye-induced headaches. For a somewhat more opinionated view of contrast problems, see:

    1. BTW, the color numbers cited above are for the Web app. As I don’t have the source code for the Android app, I don’t know what its default color scheme is.

      I can say from plenty of experience than light levels can really mess with contrast with mobile devices, and visually it’s quite obvious that the Android app is not presenting text with exactly 0,0,0/255,255,255 color points. I tend to avoid the Android app these days because in so many situations, it’s just not reasonably readable.

      TL;DR: The Android app needs a color mode with pure black on pure white as well, perhaps needs it even more than the Web version of Feedly does.

  5. Not using Android app much after the recent update which made all preview images on articles to not show up. Thinking about deleting android app all together.

  6. Related bug in Android – While going back in the IOS app properly sends you you to the prior page, on the Android app the back button alway sends me to the Feedly RSS article view. That is if I open an RSS article, then go to the article’s website and follow a link to a new web page, if i click the back button rather than sending me back to the original web page it sends me all the way back to the RSS feed and I have to start all over again. Very frustrating.

      1. How would this be different from current functionality when opening browser behind the three dots? After opening article in Chrome there is a link on upper left corner to get back to Feedly.

  7. That’s nice and everything, but how about you let me log into my normal account again, instead of automatically choosing whatever account my phone uses, after feedly has forgotten who I am (again, it does that whenever it loses internet connection).

    What I mean is that I use [1] as my feedly account, which worked on both my PC and my phone, but only use [2] for anything on my phone (except feedly, because I could log in there with whatever I wanted, in this case [1]).
    For some reason, feedly now just logs me into account [2] without asking me for any account credentials which means I now have to use 2 different accounts, which is bullshit.

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