NewsSpot Google Reader Brings RSS Joy to WP7 Devices
Perhaps in an effort to mask the somewhat lackluster third-party application count, Microsoft has given Windows Phone 7 a substantial amount of pre-baked functionality. One glaring omission is the lack of a first-party RSS client.
Rather than simply wait for Microsoft to release an RSS reader, XDA forum member FourSpotProject decided to create one. Rocking a panoramic interface and fully supporting live tiles, NewsSpot keeps well within the design constraints of Microsoft’s gorgeous Metro UI. NewsSpot even goes so far as to add offline reading and search capabilities. In the words of the developer:
Sync your articles as quick as a wink, store text and images for offline reading and search your articles in a gorgeous metro style way.
This is NewsSpot, a full-featured Google Reader client for Windows Phone: Its advanced sync-engine delivers a two-way sync for your unread, starred and shared articles, which only syncs what needs to be synched. Already stored hundreds of starred articles? NewsSpot will download them once and never again. It caches articles as well as images for later offline reading.
Ever wanted to search your starred articles? Ever been interested in a specific topic of your reading-list? No problem with NewsSpot. Just tap the search button and enter your keywords, it will instantly filter your current list to what you’ve searched.
Together with Windows Phone Mango, NewsSpot now offers live tiles and toast notifications. For example, you can pin secondary live tiles to your start screen showing the count of your folders. Of course, live tiles can be updated per background task.
You are just a few clicks away from RSS bliss on your WP7 device. Continue on to the application thread to get started!