Feedly finally ditching Google Reader, going to the cloud
Feedly was built using Google Reader for its backend, but that is something that obviouslyÂ must change before July 1 with Google Reader shutting down on that date. While saving CalDAV, it seems that the search giant will not show the same respect for its RSS app. With that looming death date, Feedly is working on its own backend and plans to begin moving to the cloud.
To prepare for this, you will need to be running the latest version of the app.Â On the desktop, you can go toÂ http://www.feedly.com/index.htmlÂ and manually re-install the app and restart the browser. The latest Feedly desktop number isÂ 16.0.512. If you already have the app installed then you should be updated automatically on both computer and mobile devices.
As for the new cloud-based backend, Feedly will be upgrading users over the next few days with a gradual roll out of this new syncing feature.
"Over the next 2-3 days you should expect to receive a green banner message (desktop) or a green card (mobile). This is the notification that your feeds and categories and up to 1,000 starred items have been successfully migrated to the feedly cloud and the articles you are seeing are coming from the feedly service".
The one part that Feedly is not migrating from Google Reader is your history, which the company claims it too much data, so you have to expect that you are starting from a blank history andÂ your unread counts will be reset. The company claims this is a one time issue.Â In some cases, there may be a gap of a few days in the saved items because migrating millions of accounts can take a few days. The company plans to finish the migration by June 21.
There are also a number of known bugs. For instance Feedly integration with twitter on iOS is broken if you do not use the iOS twitter app, some users have experienced an error when trying to mark a category as read, the list of categories is not properly sorted on iOS and Android when the app is first started and one user reported that only 7 of her 30 feeds migrated from Google Reader to the Feedly cloud.
The Bottom Line
The biggest problem at this point is that Feedly is a closed-ecosystem, with no way to export your feeds. If you moved here a while back then any feeds you added since the Google Reader days will need to be added again after you import your Google Takeout XML file.
The app also recently removed the ability to sort feeds alphabetically, making it difficult to sort and find anything easily. However, the service is beautiful and functional, otherwise.Advertisement