Read your RSS and Atom feeds on the go with multiFEED for BlackBerry 10

By Alicia Erlich on 3 Jan 2014 12:24 pm EST
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As part of my daily routine I like to check news updates from various sources. Rather than visit each site i prefer going through the RSS feeds on my BlackBerry. while there are quite a few on the market each with their own specific feature set, such as RSS Hub and Feedminder, multiFEED is the latest to hit the store with plenty of capabilities for all your RSS and Atom subscription needs. 

Upon launching the application there are a couple of things that stand out. First is that the layout organizes them in an easy to read fashion with the thumbnail image on one side and the headline on the other. The other, is that the developer has chosen to pre-populate this version of the application with a few feeds to get your started. As it happens, CrackBerry is right at the top with it's signature orange color.

The reason for this is that it offers a bit of customization for your feeds. By going into settings you may adjust the headline color, the appearance of thumbnails, data and time format, set refresh intervals, add tags, and share with the Remember application. If you dive further into the individual feed's settings you may also adjust the auto zoom and even use slider bars to create your own custom headline color.

Feeds are added by going into settings and using one of the available slots. The free version limits the number, while the full premium version allows for 50 feeds as well as room for subfeeds. It uses a dedicated browser to find and select the RSS and Atom feeds, or FeedFinder as it is called. This browser defaults to the Google search but simply navigate to the URL and it will detect the available feeds. From there it allows you to choose and subscribe to the one selected upon loading. If there is an issue, multiFEED will automatically alert you with a message in the Hub. One of the useful features is that after inputting all of your feeds there is an option to backup/restore.

With any RSS reader it all comes down to how it looks visually. multiFEED does not offer a reader mode per se (it displays the embedded article), but it does allow for the view to automatically adapt the article to fit the screen size for easy reading. To read the full article simply tap on the QuickView button to view within the application or the browser button to open in the BlackBerry browser. Articles load quickly and it flows nicely between all the screens without any lag. 

While the application is free to download and use with limited functionality, there are two in-app upgrades available. There is a standard $.99 one which does not come with preset feeds or the ability to aggregate feeds, and the premium full version shown in the video for $2.99. If you are looking to read your feeds on the go from your BlackBerry device this is certainly one to check out.

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22 comments

Dimwit Flathead

Haven't tried any yet myself, but would love to hear comments from the crowd on this or other RSS readers for BB10.

Is there a native fan fave?

A droid reader that is so good you prefer installing that?

gads83

I use Feedminder and its a great app. It's a native BlackBerry app and is very smooth and easy to use. It has your Twitter feed integrated into the app as well. This does look like a nice little app as well though. The more app choices we have the better.

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Rasah Kepo

I only have android phone. And my best rss feeds app is greader. The UI is quite similar with Google Reader.

joeldf

I don't like the idea of "in app" upgrade purchasing. I'm assuming that carrier billing doesn't work with that. Kind of takes away from the convenience of carrier billing.

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laketrout73

I just recently used the in-app upgrade for Chess-wise and it utilized carrier billing for the transaction, so it is possible.

joeldf

Good to know. Thanks.

I may take a look at this one. I already have RSS Hub (app still occasionally just shuts down with no warning), and RSS Savvy (a bit cumbersome, but more stable).

I really liked the very basic simplicity of the old BlackBerry News app I had on my Torch. A basic feed list, then click a feed name, and the list of feed news items, then click the item and read the item. No formatting issues between browser view vs. reader view. I want that back.

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Taigatrommel

BlackBerry News was one of the most wanted apps people would love to get ported over for BB10 by BlackBerry. Who knows, maybe now they're even redeveloping Brick Breaker, we might see BlackBerry News coming back this year.

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bull_thumper

Yes, I miss News. It was straightforward and very efficient.

I will take a peek at this application but one thing that turns me off somewhat are the "Rate Me" menu items wasting valuable screen real estate. That said, there are certainly worse violators out there on that regard.

Martin Green

I'm the author of multiFEED. Availabilitiy of carrier billing is dependent on your carrier, not BlackBerry or any particular app. The in-app upgrades in multiFEED are done through BlackBerry World, so if your carrier supports carrier billing, and you have your BB World account set up to use it, then upgrading multiFEED from Trial to Standard or Premium will be billed to your mobile phone account.

sam299

Looks like a nice app, but I'm not leaving gNewsReader. No better BB10 RSS reader :)

jrsc109

Agree. gNewsReader does it for me :)

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xhead75

Thanks, just went and got this instead. Haven't had a newsreader in over a month since my upgrade.

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sam299

Awesome! Hope you like your Z30 :D I'm on a Z10, and I'm pretty envious, not going to lie lol

TaraDee

Thanks a lot for your comment. I finally find a good Rss app. This multifeed was not just working for me.

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jawsgt

GReader is the best. No contest.

kennyiceberry

We're talking about BlackBerry apps here though...?

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gregorylkelly

Does this sync with Feedly?

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Omnitech

The RSS reader selection for BB10 is improving slightly, but I still can't find an app that really does what I want it to. I've purchased News Spot, multiFEED, RSS Hub.. and I also use RSS Savvy.

To me, the whole POINT of using an RSS reader rather than slogging through bloated webpages is SPEED and EFFICIENCY.

So when I see RSS readers that are rendering all the cr*p on the article pages, along with things like javascript ads and all that junk, I have to question why I am bothering with an RSS reader in the first place.

I don't want to see ads, I don't want it to run javascript junk, I don't want tiny unreadable text that I have to zoom and scroll for days to read.

JUST GIVE ME THE ARTICLE TEXT, thankyewverymuch.

I realize some publications worry that they will lose ad revenue and can't maintain a business if everyone bypasses all their bloated garbage and just reads their plain content via RSS. Fine, then don't publish an RSS feed at all.

Martin Green

I'm the developer of multiFEED, and I agree with you. A "reader" mode, similar to the one in BlackBerry Browser, is high on the list of future planned upgrades. The challenge is that this is much more complicated than it looks to a user, which is why it is not already part of multiFEED.

There is a reason why the BlackBerry Browser is the only one on a mobile device with this feature, and why there are only a handful of similar projects on the desktop... it is very difficult to implement properly. Unfortunately, BlackBerry does not make their reader functionality available to app developers, so we have to roll our own. Stripping only non-core portions of a web page is very difficult since it is extremely hard for a program to figure out what text is the actual article and what is in a sidebar or advertisement.

Although it is not present in the current build, development of this feature is underway. Unfortunately, due to the level of difficulty, I cannot promise when it will appear.

kennyiceberry

Dunno about you guys, but as a professional newspaper journalist, *Social Feeds * was the go to app for keeping tabs on literally 100s of news sources, when I was a BBOS user. Naturally it had 'headless' already built in.

This new app, and those created by the first mover devs in this area are great, don't get me wrong, but they're still far behind the excellence and solidity of Feeds. Until they catch up, FeedMinder is my choice.

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mischmi

ios safari has also a reading mode and many rss readers for ios like reeder. Reeder uses readability.com. Maybe it's easier to integrate that as option in your app. Would be really cool to have that on bb10. :-)

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