Google has announced it will kill off its RSS reader, Google Reader from July 1, 2013, citing a slow down in usage since the service launched in 2005.
Google Reader has allowed users to subscribe to the content from their favourite news and blog sites from one site similar to an inbox. The internet giant’s senior vice president of technical infrastructrue Urs Hölzle, announced today that after eight years, the service would be brought to an end.
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader,” he said in a blog post.
“Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”
The application has largely remained the same over the years since the launch. Many other RSS applications, including FlipBoard, and Google’s Currents have turned RSS readers into more of a visual magazine-style way of catching up on news, while Reader has kept its look as more of an email inbox.
Before Google shuts off Reader, it’ll allow users to export their subscriptions out of the application using Takeout. The following are 5 alternative application which can replace the Google Reader if you continue to looking for such application:
The move comes as part of a cleaning of the house that Google CEO Larry Page announced in 2011. The cleanup has already claimed Google Buzz and Google Labs.
The company said today’s announcement will see a total of 70 features or services closed since the spring cleaning began.
The announcement will also see the end of GUI Builder for a focus on HTML service, Google Cloud Connect will be ditched in April in favour of Google Drive, and Google will end support for its Google Voice App for BlackBerry but users can still use the HTML5 app.
Google will also end support for Snapseed desktop for Windows and Mac beginning today.
For more information about the Google Spring cleaning, you can refer to their official blog