July 10th, 2013
If you use follow tech news you’ve probably seen that one of our favorite tools, Google Reader, has been decommissioned and sent to live on a nice farm in the country.
Because the Google Reader service is gone, unfortunately that means that Kinoma Play’s Google Reader app no longer works.
Read on for more, including info on how you can continue to enjoy your feeds in Kinoma Play.
First, save your data
Good news! You have until July 15 to export your subscription data. Since that’s less than a week away, we recommend that you take a few minutes and get your data now.
- Go to google.com/takeout
- Click Choose services
- Click Reader
- Once the export estimate appears, click Create Archive
You can even ask Google to email you when your archive is ready.
The most important file of the bunch is subscriptions.xml. It’s a list of all of your subscriptions in OPML format that you can view it in any text editor, like WordPad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac OS.
(Need help? Just come on over to our forum. We’ll answer any questions you might have about that file, or anything else related to our products.)
What about the Google Reader app?
We recommend uninstalling it, since it’s not much use without the Google Reader service that powers it. To uninstall the Google Reader app:
- Go to Apps
- Scroll down until you see Google Reader
- Select the app to see the its detail screen
- Touch the “X” to uninstall
Kinoma Play’s Feeds app provides all the feed-reading features of the Google Reader app, but without the synchronization with the Google Reader service.
Feeds is built into Kinoma Play, so you can launch it from Apps. You can also add it to your Kinoma Play Home screen from there.
To add your subscriptions to Feeds, you can (1) use the Search feature to search by the feed name, or (2) use the Open Feed feature to enter the feed URL.
Have a suggestion for the Feeds app? Is there an alternative to the Google Reader service that you’d like us to support? Please take a moment to let us know at email@example.com.