Feedly RSS reader gets a new design with bottom tabs

Feedly RSS reader gets a new design with bottom tabs

With the introduction of social media and websites auto-posting their content to them, fewer people are currently using RSS readers than before. However, there are still a lot of people who prefer this type of delivery method for content and the death of Google Reader back in 2013 (RIP) left people looking for an alternative. Feedly has been a popular choice due to its plethora of features, availability on multiple platforms, and the developers have been quite active within the community. The team has been working on a redesign of the Android application for a while and with its latest beta update (version 51), the new bottom tabbed user interface is available.

Smartphones have become bigger and bigger these days and the trend of a longer aspect ratio isn’t helping things. It was already tough to reach the top of the screen when using a phone with one hand before OEMs switched to this newer ~18:9 aspect ratio (which our one-handed mode app helped to alleviate). Now, things are getting more difficult and that is why we are seeing so many applications being redesigned with navigation tabs at the bottom of the screen instead of the top.

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Before (left) and After (right) Credit: Android Police

The developers behind Feedly have been working to alleviate this pain point for the average user and the new update is now available to the public. This new redesign is currently only available to those who have been working with the Feedly developers and testing the beta updates, but it will be pushed to the stable branch in the near future. Although, bottom tabs for navigation hasn’t been universally accepted by the Android community (even with the bigger screens).

So, to satisfy both sides of the community there will be two different versions of the Feedly application in the Play Store. The one that receives the bottom tabbed navigation UI will take over the original application (as we see with all new application redesigns), but the developers have submitted a new application called Feedly Classic which keeps the navigation how it used to be. So whether or not you’re a fan of the new user interface, you’ll have a choice as to which version of the Feedly app you use.

Feedly - Smarter News Reader
Feedly - Smarter News Reader
Developer: Feedly Team
Price: Free+

Feedly Classic
Feedly Classic
Developer: Feedly Team
Price: Free


Via: Android Police

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