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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).

[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

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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

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!

Hello, today we would like to share two important things with you.

First, how you can connect with us and help us in making Nextgen Reader, the best across Windows 8 and Windows Phone platform. Yes, we’re working even harder to surprise you more. :)

There are lots of channels to reach us and you might be connected with us already on all or most of them. Still we wanted to get this rolling for all our users to share and broaden the next gen community. Getting queries via right channel can helps us in responding quickly, as well as putting extra energy into development.

  • For feature requests, please visit our Uservoice forum for Windows app and Windows Phone app.
  • For troubleshooting or general help, please check our FAQ page. If you don’t find the answer, please contact us or send a support mail from the app itself.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and look out for great videos, tips and demos (new videos coming soon).
  • And most importantly, follow us on twitter and like our facebook page for regular updates. Let us know that you really love the nextgen reader. :)

Second, the big wait is finally over. We’ve submitted an amazing update, indeed a new major release (v4) for Windows Phone 8 to store and expecting it to be available soon (hopefully by end of week).

We’ll cover all the details on update here but for now, you can go ahead and purchase the Nextgen Reader at a discount price i.e. for $1.29 than usual $1.99 (US) and get free WP8 update later this week. Not sure, you can even listen to Observed Tech podcast by Richard Hay on how much he likes WP8 update and about his full time switch to Nextgen Reader for RSS on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

More coverage on Nextgen Reader for Windows Phone 8:

Nextgen Reader Readies Itself for Windows Phone 8 by WindowsObserver.com

What’s coming in Nextgen Reader for Windows Phone 8 by WPXBOX.com

Next Gen Reader for Windows Phone 8! by AusWinPhone.com

NextGen Reader goes on sale ahead of WP8 update by AllAboutWindowsPhone.com

Thanks again for all the support and we’ll soon share more news about the upcoming updates for Windows 8 and Windows Phone platform.

Happy Reading!

-NG Team

Windows 8: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/30648d7a-f0b5-4719-8ca9-7ed6ce3b4b9b

Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/643381de-4724-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

 

Today, Nextgen Reader gets a bunch of great improvements in its latest update to version 3.1. Let’s take a look.

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Above is a screenshot of new subscriptions hub with featured section, and gone is “my feeds” section. Yes, we’ve moved all the feed management functionality to main screen itself i.e. you can pin/edit/delete a feed by simply using tap and hold gesture on desired feed.

Another most requested and important feature is smarter article view. Many a times, you’ll find something interesting to read by following links in an article. Now if that happens, you can simply tap on view button to mobilize it for reading. In fact, all of the actions – share/save/email now act upon the current opened link in your reading view. So, without further ado, below is the complete change-log for latest update. We hope you enjoy it.

What’s new in version 3.1:

  • New: Smarter article view i.e. share/save/email/mobilize current opened link instead of original article.
  • New: Dynamic subscriptions hub with featured section to find latest and popular feeds.
  • New: Tap and hold to edit/pin/delete a subscription from main page.
  • New: Pin to start (live tile) experience.
  • Improved sharing on Facebook with embedded links.
  • Default: Always use HTTPS for sync.
  • Fixed: Always sort starred items by newest first.
  • Fixed: Twitter authentication bug.
  • Several bug fixes and enhancements.

In addition to above changes, Instapaper and Pocket (Read It Later) accounts are now available only in paid version.

Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Please keep the ideas and suggestions coming. Now that we’ve got the 3.1 release out, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting closer to the biggest task: letting you have nextgen reader right on your Windows 8 PC/Tablet. Stay tuned.

Please check your marketplace for latest update or download from here.

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One of the most requested features for Nextgen Reader has been filtering. While we continue to look forward to a perfect solution (Google! Can you implement one?), there already exists a very nice solution.

 

Feed Rinse

If you’ve got unruly RSS feeds, we’ve got your back.

Feed Rinse is an easy to use tool that lets you automatically filter out syndicated content that you aren’t interested in. It’s like a spam filter for your RSS subscriptions.

http://feedrinse.com

Few observations:

  • When you import filtered feeds into Google Reader for the first time, it may not work immediately. Press “mark all as read” and wait for couple of hours to see the magic happen.
  • The feeds are updated every 2-4 hours which is not really bad for most of us!
  • The problem is that Google Reader polls popular feeds more frequently than less popular ones. Popular feeds are determined by the number of users subscribed to the feed URL.
  • Though RSS feeds are not time critical like Twitter. Even if you’re offline for a few days, Reader will continue to gather posts from the time you left off. Once you are back – you have all the new posts waiting to be read from the time when you left off. Great! Isn’t it?

So sign up for the free Feed Rinse account to get more out of your subscriptions.

Below are the four steps taken from Feed Rinse tour page:

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Nextgen Reader v2.5 is here! We just released the most exciting update ever with a cool new feature tagged as “The Amazing Everyday” (yes! same as Nokia’s tagline for Lumia devices).

The brand new manage sources hub lets you discover popular content with daily featured sources around the world as well as browse through popular feeds in 14 different categories including Microsoft, Windows Phone and others.


Change Log:

  • New: Manage Sources hub with daily featured sources and frequently updated categories.
  • New: Search articles inside all items, read items or starred items.
  • Around 20-30% faster sync.
  • Beautiful reading experience powered by Readability based on app theme.
  • Send multiple articles to read it later service.
  • Share multiple articles via mail.
  • Separate option to sync subscriptions.
  • Disabled https by default for downloading articles.
  • Several bug fixes and improvements.

Thank you for the support!

Let us know what you think of these additions by tweeting to @ngreader.

Early next week, Nextgen Reader will get a new update (v2.4) with some nice new features and a heap of bug fixes and improvements. Here’s a look at what’s new.

Improved live tiles

The live tiles now support three different update modes – “unread count”, “unread count + article” and “unread count + articles + images”. Yes, now you can see the beautiful images on back side of pinned tiles (if available). Also, the images are downloaded only if device is unlocked and start screen is active.

So if the device remains locked for six hours, no cpu or data is consumed for processing images.

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Also, the live tiles now display recent article for at least 30 minutes unlike before it used to disappear after opening the app. The new behavior is similar to ME tile, where status updates are displayed for sometime even if you open and read them.

Important Note: After the v2.4 update, you’ve to re-enable the live tiles through app settings. Also check that “Nextgen Reader” is turned on in phone settings –> applications –> background tasks.

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Manage sources hub

The v2.4 update introduces the new manage sources hub with complete management of feeds. Now you can edit/rename/delete feeds and folder including moving feeds to a new folder. It also improves the search and subscribe feature. Last but not least, it is super easy to pin multiple tiles to start screen.

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In addition to above changes, the update also includes the option to change Google Reader password/account. Further, we’ve improved scrolling in article view & mobilized page and made several UI changes (including the updated sharing page). Finally, there is no loop back to first article when swiping in article view (and new animations when you reach the last article).

Besides the above improvements, there’re several bug fixes like saving the post title in read it later, handling multiple YouTube videos and using the correct font for Japanese language.

A special surprise

Nextgen Reader just completed it’s first year on 22nd January, so watch out for a big surprise when v2.4 update lands in marketplace over the next 2-3 days. And make sure, you’re already following us on Twitter or Facebook.

As always, we’re working hard to bring even more goodness to Nextgen Reader, so please continue to send us more feedback and feature requests. Thank you!

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