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BerryReader for BlackBerry now available - Google Reader client with loads of features - 50% off through Sunday!

By Adam Zeis on 9 Jul 2010 08:18 am EDT
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BerryReader for BlackBerryBerryReader for Blackberry

Bellshare has been hard at work and have just released another great app. This time it comes in the form of an RSS reader with BerryReader. BerryReader is a great Google Reader client that has loads of features. I've been searching for a decent Google Reader app for ages and this one totally fits the bill. Features include:

  • Access your All Items, Starred Items, Shared Items, a single feed or a single folder for reading
  • Automatically update in the background every 15, 30, 45 minutes, 1 or 3 hours
  • Manage (add/remove) subscriptions from your device
  • Quickly toggle an article's Starred, Like, Unread and Shared labels or edit the article's tags for later filtering.
  • Read the current list even while offline, changes to labels and tags will be cached and automatically synced when network coverage is regained
  • Get notified whenever new articles are available (Includes custom LED color support through BerryBuzz)
  • Integrates into the device's messages list showing a BerryReader item whenever new articles are available
This app really has some great features and the updates will keep coming. BerryReader is available for $9.95 (a bit steep, but totally worth it for the sync and other features) and a 7-day trial is available. If you pick it up before Sunday using the code berryreader50 you can save 50% (this code only works in the mobile app store or Superstore client). You can grab it at the link below or via our recently-updated on-device CrackBerry App Superstore client.
53 comments

don.new

Wish it was a little cheaper.

robj75

I downloaded and installed BerryReader. I then logged into two different Google Reader accounts, both which have associated Gmail accounts. A few hours later I logged into one of the Gmail accounts and was warned that the following address had accessed my Gmail:

United States (amazonaws.com:184.73.8.109)

After a Google search, this address appears appears to be part of a cloud of Amazon servers.

google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=4347bc9dc39388b6&hl=en

This warning was not in the other Gmail account, so I can logically assume that this action is not a required action of BerryReader. I do not use my Gmail password for ANYTHING other than Gmail. I do not user public computers or friends computers to login to Gmail, so I'm not worried about key loggers.

I do use the Gmail app, Google Sync, and Google Talk on my BlackBerry, as well as grabbing mail via a BIS server, but have been doing so for years with no issues. It seems very coincidental that this were to happen a few hours after entering my Gmail username and password into BerryReader.

Just thought I would bring this to your attention.

pfluger

BerryReader is accessing your Google Reader account via a proxy to compress traffic. The proxy servers are hosted on Amazon AWS.

horangi7

10 clams is not worth it when the free version of Viigo News is available and to me has more features and twitter integration. And OS6 is said to come with an RSS reader (via viigo).

xandermac

Amazing. This would be 99c on the market place or the app store and would look 10 times better. Developers seem to be trying to drive Blackberry users to other platforms! Im+ being the foremost example. $40 for us and $10 for every other platform.

nfldberryuser

Guys, I know it's expensive, but I've tried other readers and then I tried this one - WOW!!! I've been searching for a Google Reader platform for blackberry for quite a while and after using this for 10 minutes, I went ahead and bought it. To each their own, but I rely on my blackberry for news content and Viigo is bloated and slow - this is the answer for me and Bellshare has really done an excellent job!!!

I forget to mention, goodbye Viigo....

topleft21

@xandermac: any other platform would probably offer this for free. I had a great Google Reader Client for my WM phone about a year ago, and have been searching for one since I switched to a Blackberry. That 7-day trial better totally sell me on this.

nicoburp

I'm using Unread, which is half the price and syncs like magic with Google Reader.

horangi7

@nfldberryuser I agree the full Viigo app is bloated and slow, but the news only version (rss reader only) is quite different and robust. viigo.com/news

Ghostnyc

VIIGO is Free and you can choose FULLY loaded version or reader version. Its a crackberry MUST have and once again to be clear IT IS FREE!

mutlus

Okey, Bellshare has made maybe the best apps in BB platform. But BerryReader isn't the first Google Reader client. Comparing the other Google Reader client, "Unread" ; BerryReader isn't twice as good as Unread since Unread has a price of $4,99.
Google would develop a Reader client for BB anytime.(of course, free) So Bellshare must think these things and consider a discount.

jwhelan

The most I will pay for any mobile app is 2$.

dregar#CB

I was so desperate to find a RSS reader on BLACKBERRY that syncs to Google Reader that I was prepared to pay for this app. Unfortunately it crashes often. It's easy to find this bug with my Curve 8900. I select a feed, scroll to the end, click to mark all articles read, then click S to pick another feed. The app crashes everytime.

redwanhuq

I don't have that issue on my 9650

GavinCampbell

Within 4 minutes I tried the same thing and bam it crashed. Then I selected a feed with unread items in it and they weren't loading.

I think its the mobile web for me. Newsgator was the best feed reader on the BB. It didn't sync with gReader but it had its own web interface that was very similar. Too bad its now gone.

scalemaster34

Best apps I've seen (on a BB) for syncing with Google Reader. But I'm not ready to fork out $10 for an app on a platform I may not be using much longer.

Surprised that Google hasn't provided an app themselves... of course I haven't seen them doing very many updates to their current apps for BB's. Still waiting on a Google Voice app for the Storm.

Law2138

Boy Genius Report advises that Iphone 4 burst into flames and burned the user's hand.

redwanhuq

Easily the best RSS app hands down. Worth the $10 for the features, polish, and usability. Bellshare consistently makes the single best BB apps. Viigo sucks -- it's bloated and feature-deficient.

Lefty923

Even at $4.99 I think is still a little high, but I'd probably buy it.

Lefty923

Ask and you will receive!

Jo5329

Sorry, I'll stick to Google's own mobile version -- too pricey just to read RSS feeds.

batrad

ARR!SS works for me. Have been using it to sync with Google reader...

Can't complain for $1.99..

av8ryxx

This is another Bellshare app that is very nicely integrated into the Blackberry. I've been a user of Google Reader for a long time and never liked using the mobile version or any other app. BerryReader has most of the features I could think you'd want in this app and it's worked fine for me since downloading it (no crashes). It did stall for a bit when I selected "Mark all as read", but I hadn't checked my reader for a few days and there were 500+ articles to "Mark".

Bellshare makes some great stuff and this is absolutely worth a trial download. If you don't want to pay the $10, use the discount code in the article and pay $5.....

bigalryder

I have 3 Bellshare apps on my BlackBerry and while I have been mostly happy with two of them, support is virtually non-existent if there is a problem. I stopped using BerryPopup because I have a problem with a supposed feature not working and after numerous emails to support and posts on the Bellshare forums got me nowhere I replaced BerryPopup with SmrtAlerts.
I doubt if I will EVER buy a Bellshare app again when there is no support available.

scuebydue

Hey, send me an email of what you are having an issue with on PopUp. scuebydue(at)gmail(dot)com. I test for them and have all their contact information. I'll check up on your issue.

friedriceballer

I'm having troubles logging into the app on the free trial.

Are people using ______@gmail.com or just _______ as their username?

SenorLoco

Either way should work.

Joseph Holder

I think we might be running into the same problem. I'm using my 8900 to try this app. It downloaded just fine, but when I put in my account information, the app tells me to check my password and that I'm signed up for Reader.

I've checked and I've double-checked, but all is right with my password and Reader account. I'm really glad this free trial gave me a chance to dump this product before I paid for it.

jdiettrich

So far, I'm liking this app except for one thing - images in the middle of blog posts aren't loading (well, the first one is, but not where it is actually formatted if you were looking at it on a regular browser). Is this something the app doesn't do, or do I need to adjust settings somewhere? If I can get pictures to load properly, I'll buy it in a heartbeat!

xiLLeNtz

same here. besides this one issue though the app is amazing. best reader ive tried yet.. And what's this UNREAD app everyone keeps mentioning? i cant find it anywhere

jjblack

Unread link: http://www.mobihand.com/product.asp?id=50121&n=Unread

Like the app. But my only issue at the moment with it is that I don't really like the handling of folders. To get to them you have to scroll past every single feed you're subscribed to first. And then it doesn't even show how many unread items there are in each folder.

greens601

I like the apps as well, except fo the handling of folders. I really like the way Arrss and Viigo handle folders (although those both have there problems as well.

Viigo is FREE

velcrovan

On my Bold 9650 it's crashed about five times in the first half hour of use.

There should be a way to read by category, but there's no way to access your Reader categories.

It mixes all unread items in one long list when you open the app. If you go to "Select a Feed" to pick one particular feed to read through, they are all listed in alphabetical order - if you want to see which feeds have unread items you have to scroll through the whole list. Ideally you could configure it to open to a list of feeds with unread items that you could drill down into. I have feeds for certain craigslist searches, for example, that run into the hundreds of items. I don't need these mixed in with all my other blog feeds and what have you. On the web version I can quickly see which feeds have unread items and quickly click through the ones I'm interested in.

I tried more than once to unsubscribe from a feed but it either crashed or didn't do anything.

Overall, needs some work before it will be worth even $5, unless you subscribe to only five or ten feeds.

Synic

With BerryReader's inline article reading and beautiful user interface reading news on the BlackBertry has never been so easy.

BERRTT!!!

blueyestm

I dunno maybe, I already found a bug in it. I don't like that I can't choose from a my list for which blog I want if I've already read things too. - wait found that now, it didnt show up before.

shalea#IM

While the App looks pretty cool, I'm just not into the up to the minute news. I'll keep my APNews link. No go for me. :p

steveweddle

My only gripe is that the program requires you to sign in to your Google Account to access your feed.

Other programs allow you to upload info about your feed -- the OPML file or something similar, I think -- instead of having you sign over your google username and password into a non-google program.

I have no doubt that the people are very nice at Bellshare and all is fine. Just would rather have an option that allows me to protect my Google Account securely.

So far having used the program for a bit, everything else is great.

sfeather

How else do you propose it work?
If it doesn't login to the google account, it cannot grab your "feed" nor can it update your feed.

I understand about moving your OPML file with the feeds over, but then you don't have integration with google reader.

You just have an RSS reader.

Yosaki

I'm sick of hearing people whine about a $10 app. THERE IS A DISCOUNT CODE 50% off! Use it! I haven't used any better quality apps that are so well integrated on the blackberry platform. You get what you pay for! I like things integrated so $5 for an app like this is nothing. I'd rather pay abit extra to be extremely satisfied than just satisfied with a $2 app.

david2g

Why cant you download viigo, berry reader or any other reader in BB World. I tried searching and i get nothing.

jwoodsoniv#CB

a few times i recieved a warning an I had to close down the app. Has anyone else had this issue?

pfluger

What warning did you get?

sfeather

I noticed a few others having the same problem I was.
I walked out of my office to a location with "great" service and it authenticated. Now sitting in my office, its downloading articles.

sbmitschke

This app shows some promise as a replacement to viigo. But, for offline viewing, it appears that this only sync the current feed and not all feeds.

I have about 40 feeds in viigo (and google), and viigo will sync up to the top 20 or so stories in each feed. ~800 articles. Then, when I'm on an airplane, I can read up.

With berryreader, it appears that offline only works for the current list you are viewing. And, the maximum number of articles for a given feed, including "all" is 75. This limits the usefulness as an offline reader.

Am I missing something?

Bug wise, several of my images/thumbnails are images of a phpThumb()error. This seems to happen alot with yahoo news feeds.

pfluger

The behavior you are describing is correct. We are planning on enhancing offline support in one of the next updates.

sivan

This is just poor design. I need to open URLs in the background with Opera Mini so I can read the articles later, I'm not going to wait for each article to load before I continue looking at the feed.

It needs a menu item for launching Opera Mini.

blueyestm

it has a link to open a browser

they need to fix the image issues, it only shows 1 image whether there are more or not and the one image you can't even click on to zoom in at all when you can't see it to begin with because its soo tiny.

robj75

$10 isn't too much. Google Reader saves me lots of time, so it's worth it, for me.

One thing I noticed is that it doesn't seem to have a "Mark as read" option. It does have "Mark ALL as read", so I have to go into each one and then back out.

BBBM

I was excited when i saw this but let me tell you 10 minutes on and i had 7 uncaught exceptions... I have pratically nothing on my blackberry, and this thing kept crashing it.. it's not easy to use.. i agree Viigo is free yet takes forever but darn it this thing almost made me toss my BB... Sorry it's a no

ckinglam

Great app…that’s in the process…after using the trial for 5 mins I received an “uncaught exception” yea..yea..I know its in beta…But if you are charging for the app and giving a 7 day trial, I expect more from an app before I would pay.

Also, one feature that’s lacking which I use on Viigo all the time is “Full Article” It retrieves the article’s txt without sending you to the website. Its faster and allows you to stay in the same app.

Again…its got potential…no winner yet.

robj75

I downloaded and installed BerryReader. I then logged into two different Google Reader accounts, both which have associated Gmail accounts. A few hours later I logged into one of the Gmail accounts and was warned that the following address had accessed my Gmail:

United States (amazonaws.com:184.73.8.109)

After a Google search, this address appears appears to be part of a cloud of Amazon servers.

google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=4347bc9dc39388b6&hl=en

This warning was not in the other Gmail account, so I can logically assume that this action is not a required action of BerryReader. I do not use my Gmail password for ANYTHING other than Gmail. I do not user public computers or friends computers to login to Gmail, so I'm not worried about key loggers.

I do use the Gmail app, Google Sync, and Google Talk on my BlackBerry, as well as grabbing mail via a BIS server, but have been doing so for years with no issues. It seems very coincidental that this were to happen a few hours after entering my Gmail username and password into BerryReader.

Just thought I would bring this to your attention.

Oneshortsleeve

I really wanted to like this app, but the "Uncaught Exception" errors are too much. Plus, half of my feeds will not open.

It doesn't make sense for a company to sell an unstable beta at a premium price.

denis_sianto

Hi, I am a big time rss reading fans!

I think this app is almost perfect!
BUT, why would a nice rss app like this, with nice interface, great customization, don't even have FULL ARTICLE reading abilities ??
I just hate it SO MUCH, if we would have to switch back and forth in between BerryReader and Browser. Really, it annoys me.

Please, devs, have a look at freerange. It's a very simple rss app, but it has got almost all the customization every rss reader would love to have! I am not trying to comparing these two apps here.

BUT, really, even for $15 I would definitely pay for this nice app, if there no need to switch between Reader and Browser!

Please, also consider, making categories, and make each individual feed a bit more customizable in terms of "number of article" limit. So we can set each feed article limit differently, for example Feed A, max article limit 25, feed B max article limit 100.

Thank you devs for making such a nice app, but I think if you consider making the ability to read full article inside the app, there would be so much more rss-reader-fans flock to your door!