Feedly is widely expected to take the market dominant position of Google Reader when that service shuts down on 1 July, and today they made a move to guarantee their dominance.
Feedly has just announced new partnerships with a number of leading news reader app developers:
We have been working behind the curtains with the developers of Reeder, Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader as design partners for our Normandy project. Today we are excited to announce that you will be able to access your feedly from all these apps before Google Reader retires and that the access to feedly API will be free. More details soon.
The apps in question are currently tied into Google Reader, and they were going to be left without a functioning service in 27 days. Thanks to this new partnership with Feedly readers are going to be able to keep using their preferred app after the Readerpocalypse rolls around on 1 July.
Five partners isn't a whole lot, but it's the best Feedly can do at the moment. They've been swamped with requests from developers who wanted to work with Feedly on the Normandy project. Over 100 applied, and Feedly is still working to integrate and support as many as they possibly can.
Feedly has also shared details on their development roadmap. It has an extensive list of features, improvements, and new apps on it, including:
- Speed. This is the most important aspect of the feedly experience. We recently hired some great people on both the dev and ops sides and we look forward to sharing with you the result of their work.
- Search within my feedly
- Pure web access
- Windows Phone and Windows 8
- Improved group sharing
- Bug fixes (login, utm_source, loading…, missing feedly mini, adding feeds)
It's been not quite 3 months since Google announced the EOL of Google Reader, and Feedly has made great strides in adapting to support news junkies that have fled Google Reader, adding more servers to support the heavier load, and expanding their focus to include competing with Flipboard and other magazine style reading apps.
In terms of sheer numbers, Feedly is by far the largest of the 9 competing Google Reader alternatives.