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Windows 10 is a significant OS update for developers. Here at Next Matters, we’re super excited about Windows 10 and couldn’t wait till #Build2015 to announce our plans.

So what’s next for Nextgen Reader?
One of our biggest updates ever. Yes, that’s true. We are lucky to have great support from Windows Phone community since the beginning and the love has only grown.

Now we’re building a product not only for us but for the community; as we continue to receive the new ideas and suggestions from users every day via emails, Twitter and Facebook. And since many of you have been using Windows 10 Technical preview, we look forward to your participation and feedback in the #nextgen beta program (more details coming soon).

The two major focus areas for Nextgen Reader on Windows 10 will be design and features. Bringing the two versions closer together, with a common experience and settings, and to further align with the new design approach. We know many of you (especially WP fans) are very critical about the new design in Win10 Technical Previews but do not worry, we’ll take a thoughtful approach on implementing the hamburger button in Nextgen Reader. However, we definitely believe that adding hamburger control to the sdk will eventually turn out to be a massive gain for Windows app store, as tons of developers want to aesthetically match their apps on all platforms (consider shopping and banking apps across platforms and so on).

So without further ado, please jump to comments and let us know what features do you want to see in Nextgen Reader for Windows 10.

What’s new in Nextgen Reader v6.4.0.24

We recently published a new update on phone and switched from Bitly to Google Url Shortener, due to API limits. But as some of you’d requested in the past, we’ve implemented the option to use your own custom key for Bitly.cmd

Please find the steps below:

  • Create a new bitly account.
  • Go to https://bitly.com/a/oauth_apps
  • Click “Generate Token” button to create a generic access_token
  • Go to app settings -> about and type following in cmd (without quotes): “enable bitly access_token”
  • Replace access_token with your own generated key.
  • See attached screenshot for details and to disable, type: “disable bitly”

Download: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=643381de-4724-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

Looking forward to #Build2015 and exciting months ahead. Happy Reading!

-G and Next Matters team

Here at Next Matters, we love OneNote and we know you do too. Today, we’re introducing OneNote support in our latest update (2.5) for Windows 8.1. Now you can save articles to OneNote with just a single click. Let’s take a look at the screenshots below:

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Btw yes, huge fan of Call of Duty series. Looking forward to Xbox One release.  :)

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Below you can choose your favorite sharing/saving tool (under Settings -> Options). The other services will be shown in the redesigned overflow menu i.e. the three dots in upper right corner.

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Other improvements

  • Post to “Facebook Page”.
  • Updated buffer integration (can also be selected as favorite tool) .
  • New keyboard shortcuts – C: Clip to OneNote, B: Buffer.
  • Change default mobilizer directly from drop down menu.
  • Improved error handling/messages and bug fixes.

In addition, to celebrate Diwali, we’ve dropped price from $2.99 to $1.49 for the next 24 hours (only on Windows store). Since, it’s universal already, so buying the Windows version gives you full access to the Windows Phone app as well.

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Today we’re launching a major update (v6) for Nextgen Reader. It’s now faster and universal. That is Nextgen Reader now shares the same identity across the Windows Phone Store and the Windows Store, therefore you can login/purchase once and run on multiple devices. We’re also very happy to announce that you can now own Nextgen Reader on Desktop, Tablet, and Windows Phone device for just $2.99 once!

All of your accounts data is roamed securely using Windows Credential Locker. In case you’re not using the Windows 8 app already, you’ll be prompted again for login at start. Please find the screenshots and change-log below:

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• Brand new logo for universal app.
• Login/purchase once and run on multiple devices (Windows or Windows Phone).
• New live tiles with smaller text size for headlines.
• Easily configure individual tiles i.e. display only unread count, headlines or images.
• Support for large screen devices (Lumia 1520).
• Share articles via OS e.g. save to reading list app.
• Discover new feeds or browse categories via ‘add feeds’ hub.
• Optimized for low memory devices (Lumia 520).
• Redesigned login page and fixed login errors.
• Improved OneNote login (if you use 2-factor authentication).
• Many other changes and improvements.
• Known issue: Save image to phone is not supported in this release (planned).

We’re excited about the new update, and we hope you enjoy it as well. As always, please share your thoughts with us on Twitter/Facebook or just leave a comment below. Happy Reading!

Download: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=643381de-4724-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

Cheers / Thanks,
– Next Matters

We here at Next Matters are big fans of Buffer. It is simply a great way to share articles on your social media channels. Here’s a couple of our favorite reasons:

  • Found a bunch of interesting stories in Nextgen Reader but didn’t really like sharing all at the same time.
  • Or simply wish you could post an article at particular time on Twitter or Facebook?

Using Buffer, you can simply add links to your queue or schedule them individually. We recommed you head over to bufferapp.com now and find out more about it’s features.

Configuring, adding and scheduling updates is straightforward in Nextgen Reader. Just hit the share button and select “Buffer”. We even added a special ability to send updates to buffer from Internet Explorer. Just open nextmatters.com/addtobuffer on your WP8 device and follow the simple steps.

Find the screenshots below:

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Other improvements in 5.2 update

  • We’ve also added HTTPS support in latest update, as some of you’re not able to sync articles in corporate networks due to proxy issues.Please go to app settings -> synchronization and turn on “HTTPS”. Kudos to Feedly team for making HTTPS free. :)
  • Now you can easily post links to any of your Tumblr blogs via Nextgen Reader.  Tap share and select “Post to Tumblr”.
  • Last but not least, you can open YouTube videos directly in MetroTube from Nextgen Reader (please see the screenshot below).

We hope you enjoy the update.

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Thanks a lot!

– Next Matters

P.S. We’re adding Buffer support to Windows 8 version in next update (hopefully around Windows 8.1 launch).

Fast, clean and beautiful reading is an amazing experience. That’s what Nextgen Reader is for, and today we’re bringing a number of nice enhancements, including a new theme and re-designed article view to make it even better. Let’s take a look.

New article view

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Now you can customize font-style, size and text-alignment for a more personalized reading experience. Also, you can jump to “view settings” directly from the app bar menu. Nextgen Reader now preloads your next/previous story (even the full article) for faster reading, so you never have to wait again. In-addition to above improvements, we also added a new “slate theme”. It is beautiful and comfortable for long reading. Just give it a try.

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Other improvements

We hear you feedback. Now you can set open method per feed (i.e. summary or full article) on WP8 just like Windows 8 version. We also fixed issues around it like automatically loading summary when application is unable to download full article or if there is no internet connection. These improvements will also be pushed to Windows 8 app in next update (and much more).

Nextgen Reader now remembers your list style for individual feeds or category (e.g. headline or headline + images). This is great, just like the Feedly app on iOS. Last, but not least we’ve also fixed several other issues (e.g. displaying image captions correctly) and worked hard to make sure that the performance is absolutely great.

Welcome to the amazing experience of Reading!

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As always, we love your feedback. Please vote for your favorite ideas or suggestions here (for WP8): http://ngreaderwp.uservoice.com/

-Next Matters

P.S. We’re very excited about the platform/API improvements in Windows 8.1. More on that soon!

Exciting news! A big update for Nextgen Reader (v4.5) is out on the WP7 store with Feedly support.

If you haven’t migrated to Feedly yet, then please read this post on how to import your Google Reader data into Feedly: http://blog.feedly.com/2013/07/10/importing-your-google-reader-takeout-into-feedly/

Change-log:

  • New: Support for Feedly.
  • Fixed: Sharing on Twitter.
  • Support for new live tile templates on WP7.8 (including wide tiles).
  • Tons of improvements, bug fixes and all the new features from WP8 release.

We hope you enjoy the massive update on your WP7 device. :)

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Cheers and thanks for your support!

-Next Matters

[Update] Nextgen Reader (v1.7) update is now available in Windows 8 store.

We are very excited. Nextgen Reader (v5.0) update with Feedly cloud is now available in Windows Phone 8 store.

We hope you enjoy the release.  Also, there are other improvements and bug fixes (including the sharing to Twitter).

Few important notes about the migration:

  • Please backup your data using Google Takeout: https://www.google.com/takeout/
  • To connect with feedly cloud, please go to app settings -> accounts and select “feedly”.
  • If you’re logging in for the first time, then Feedly will automatically migrate your list of subscriptions and categories. It will also migrate the tagged articles (Note: there is 1,000 entry limit for each tag).
  • Your unread counts are reset.

Thanks to Feedly for being a great partner and building an awesome product.

Cheers!

Next Matters

We’re excited to announce that Nextgen Reader will add support for Feedly before Google Reader retires.

As you may know, Feedly is working on the Normandy project, to help keep the vibrant ecosystem of Google Reader apps that people love. We’re delighted to be part of this project, along with some of the best Google Reader apps on other platforms. You can read the announcement here.

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We’ll update apps on both WP8 and Windows 8 this month. And specially for our long-term customers, we’ll also update the WP7 version to support Feedly, hopefully next month or as early as possible.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to all of our users for supporting us.

Happy Reading!
– Next Matters

P.S. More news on the beta next week.

Related posts

Feedly: Feedly is listening: the roadmap you helped us shape

WinSource: Nextgen Reader announces support for Feedly

WPCentral: Nextgen Reader will live on; announces support for Feedly RSS service

themobilefanatics network: Feedly sync coming to Windows Phone via Nextgen Reader app

coolsmartphone: Nextgen Reader will soon support Feedly

Neowin: As Google Reader fades Feedly makes its move

Windows Phone Daily: NextGen Reader will integrate with Feedly in transition away from Google Reader

We’re really excited about the latest Nextgen Reader update (v4.5) for WP8. We worked very hard on bringing Windows Phone and Windows 8 code-base to a common set for this release. Now that it is done, we can focus on your requests (yes, we love them), new features and continue to deliver quick updates. Let’s take a spin through the new changes:

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New login experience

Completely secure OAuth2 based login; so no longer you have to share the username or password with the application.

Faster Sync

We brought the very best sync engine to WP8 app; now supports incremental syncing which means a lot less bandwidth usage and faster sync period. Also, we fixed the major sync issue, so you shouldn’t get anymore ‘network connection’ or ‘session expired’ errors.

Bug fixes, design tweaks and a lot more

We fixed couple of bugs in the background task, thus the live tiles should be back to normal with no issues at all. Also, we’ve made some designs improvements to share menu and ‘headline + large’ images list style (see screenshots above). Finally, there are a lot of performance tweaks and enhancements to deliver a smooth experience.

Please find the complete change log here and get the latest update now (if you haven’t yet).

Regarding Windows 8 app and Google Reader shutdown

First, we want to thank you for your great support and patience. We heard your feedback and understand that cross-platform support is one of the most important features to you. Since, we’ve no plans to support other platforms (Android or iOS); we’re no longer considering an independent sync solution at the moment.

So, the next big question, which service will Nextgen Reader support? Well, you’ll have to wait a little more but we promise to announce that very soon (hopefully before the end of this month). Just a small request, please continue to use Google Reader for another couple of weeks. We’ll take care of the migration.

And last but not least, new update for Windows 8 is coming soon with dark theme and lot of enhancements.

Thank you!

– Next Matters

Google announced today that it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. It’s not a big surprise to us as we knew that it was going to happen someday but may be not so soon. Anyways, R.I.P. Google Reader – we loved you and we’ll miss you as developers although you never gave us an official API. 😉

But, the even bigger surprise to us is your support for Nextgen Reader. Since the announcement, we’ve received hundreds of emails and messages on Twitter/Facebook/etc. Please be assured that Nextgen Reader will continue to work perfectly across Windows & Windows Phone and we’re already looking into various alternatives:

  • Hosting our own service on Windows Azure.
  • Newsblur support.
  • Normandy – Feedly support.

More importantly, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please share them below in comments or feel free to send a mail, or reach us via Twitter and Facebook anytime.

We’ll share further details very soon… hopefully next week or before end of this month. Till then we request you to keep using Google Reader for next few weeks.

Thank you again for your patience and support!