I have an addiction with my RSS feeds. I generally go over different sites for technology news, blogging sites, political news and lots of others. I am using Google Reader to browse my RSS feeds and I think most of you too. But if you are bored by the Google Reader you might be interested to try out Google Reader Play. It’s Google Reader team latest offering that aims to take the Google Reader interface into a new level. Something innovative and you may called it as a visual reading tool for feeds.
“items are presented one at a time, and each item is big and full-screen. After you’ve read an item, just click the next arrow to move to the next one, or click any item on the filmstrip below to fast-forward. Of course, you can click the title or image of any item to go to the original version. And since so much of the good stuff online is visual, we automatically enlarge images and auto-play videos full-screen.”
And best of all, it’s not a new application or some feed reader, but an interface that runs on top of Google Reader. The actions that you take with the items in Google Reader will respond same as in Google Reader Play.
So, I thought let’s give it a try. I clicked on “Give it a try” and a new window opens up showing what all you can do in Google Reader Play.
The most important thing you can browse Google Reader Play without signing it to watch the most recommended news items of the day. They are generally taken from various site all over the world and you’ll never know what to be displayed next. Might be you end up with something really interesting.
To make it even more interesting, Google Reader Play can be personalized if you login through your Google Reader account. In this way, it will allow you like items which helps Google to show future items that may interest you. You can also “Star” the items to read them later and share some interesting stuff to your friends and followers.
Let’s see the looks of Google Reader Play
You can see Google Reader Play is certainly looks pretty and for me infact it’s the beautiful and stylish feature ever offered in Google Reader. It’s really have a nicer looking and totally different way to browse items.
Features of Google Reader Play
Though Play don’t have a large amount of features in it. Some few features are there which are surely useful to enhance the browsing expreciene in Google Reader Play.
Hide the Thumbnail Viewer : This button will help you to hide the Thumbnail viewer and increase your viewing area.
Switch to Magic/Original Layout : By clicking this button, it will help you to change the layouts. One is standard tab viewing layout and another one as you seen above with image and Read More option under it.
Stream Settings : This feature will help you to personalize your contents in Google Reader Play. It means it will allow you to choose which items you want to see in your Reader. Also you can choose categories like Arts, Business, Entertainment, Technology etc. and Google will recommend popular stuff from all around the globe.
Start Slideshow : Click this button, sit back and enjoy reading the items with a cup of coffee. Google Reader Play will automatically change the items. Useful for viewing photos.
Click “Star” button to read some items later while Smiley”like” button helps you to like particular content and will help Google to show the items interests you in the future and the “Feed” like button help you to share a content with your followers or friends.
Google team already cleared that Google Reader Play is an experiment, and not aimed at replacing the Google Reader. As we all know that both Readers are about finding interesting stuff on the internet and reading, so Google Reader Play is only a way to provide different view to Google Reader.
It’s developed to provide fun and easy way to browse interesting stuff in the internet to the users. For me, Google Reader Play will probably be something I end up using when I get bored with standard feed reading.