Google Reader users who haven’t moved on to alternatives will soon have to face reality. Google Reader will be no more in less than a month.
Feedly, an early favorite (to some) to fill the void, provided users with an update on its plans today. Feedly’s roadmap for the rest of the year includes getting faster, improving its search feature, adding pure web access, adding Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps, improving group sharing, and of course, bug fixes.
Additionally, Feedly announced that it has been working with Reeder,Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader as design partners for its Normandy project, and that users will be able to access Feedly from these apps before Google Reader retires and that the access to Feedly’s API will be free.
Normandy is Feedly’s clone of the Google Reader API, running on Google App Engine.
“When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless,” Feedly says.
According to Feedly, 68% of users who give it a try end up converting to weekly active users, and active users have been doubling the amount of time they spend using the service.