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If you use Google Reader to make all your RSS feeds a little more sane organized, be ready for a pleasant surprise.  Google has begun the rollout of the new look and feel for the reader website, and everyone should expect it by this evening.  Go on and hit F5 for a while, we'll wait (have to admit, I did just that).  The new look lines up with the rest of the updated Google service websites, including the black omnimagicbar across the top and your Google+ notifications baked right in to the upper left corner.

Google +1'ing Speaking of Google+ and integration, the new Reader allows you to +1 and share stories right from the stream.  This is an easy way to share with friends, and should work much better than the previous friending, following, sharing, and comments methods, which have been removed in favor of the new integration.

It works the same as the +1 button does anywhere -- click it, and you're given the option to share it on Google+.  Type in your message, and the magic happens.

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We're big users of both Google Reader and Google+ around these parts, and we're excited about the new look and the new + integration, but the last little tidbit Alan Green (Google software engineer) threw out on the official announcement is the best of them all -- expect a new Android app shortly.  Sweet.

Source: Google Reader blog

 
There are 17 comments

Smalls says:

Phil does not like it. :3

tbhuang2 says:

Too much whitespace, not enough viewable content.

brightcell says:

+1.... it really sucks on a 13" screen (or less)!

smitty5569 says:

I have a 12.1 lappy and it looks fine on it!

Sweet! I'd been hoping Google would drop their own Google Reader app. Hope they make it ICS themed like the new Music Beta app and nothing like the new website.

icebike says:

What do you mean "drop their own google reader app"?

Its been out there for over a year.
This looks surprisingly like the honeycomb app.

violent23 says:

The Google Voice page has been re done as well. The problem being that I can not sign in to the voice app with my Sprint integration.

soumian says:

New look sucks, it lacks the Density button so theres tons of white/blank/empty/dead space which makes reading a real pain...Don't get me wrong im liking the image change so far on the other products but this one is just wrong.

icebike says:

Between yesterday and today (nov 1) I notice a lot less white space.

I think they have been listening.

NEXT UP: Gmail face lift: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/

anon16517 says:

I have a theory: maybe that new app coming will be the so called Google Propeller? I think big G is getting ready to retire the good-old, but ugly-looking Google Reader app we love & will be replaced for the upcoming Flipboard killer. I mean, it makes sense, doesn't it?
About the redesign, I like it, looks cleaner & feels faster.

JohnJSal says:

I agree, too much white space and each feed entry is too big, showing less on the screen before we have to scroll down.

Eleazar6 says:

I'm using an Alienware m11x ... 11.6" 1366x768 display. Reader was usable, but not ideal before. Now it only works well in fullscreen mode. What's with all the space on the right? Doesn't Google know we use widescreen resolutions in 2011? So now chrome address bar+tabs+bookmarkbar+reader crap takes up ~25% of my screen! Bah on google

icebike says:

What's with all the space on the right? Doesn't Google know we use widescreen resolutions in 2011?

Google know that adults don't run browsers full screen. Most of us have other things going on on our computers than a browser running full screen.

Drag you window narrower.

Personally I don't find that there is too much white space at all. I think its already reduced a little bit since yesterday.

dswartze says:

Is it just me, but the redesign seems laggy when using the keyboard shortcuts. I use the keyboard to read through 1000s of articles a day. Now when I hit the 'j' key to get to the next article there is a slight pause! :(

Also, I, too, do not like all the new white-space nor the font size difference between the article titles and the feed list on the left. If the font size of the article titles could be lowered then maybe there wouldn't seem like there is so much wasted space!

frmorrison says:

I like the website on a PC. I haven't tried it on a small phone screen.

LordGenki says:

Now Google needs to get around to updating its Google Listen podcast app.

LMychajluk says:

Been using Google Reader for awhile, and I think the update is horrible.

- Every time I log in, there's a pop-up saying your browser is no longer supported (on IE7 on a work PC, following comments still apply w/ Win7/IE9)
- Still can't resize the width of the feed window, truncating folder and feed names
- Scrolling no longer seems to mark items as read
- The bold in the feed list indicating new items is barely distinguishable from the standard (read) text. The grey feed icons are ugly - they should change the color to orange for feeds w/ unread items.
- gReader Android App (better than the Google Reader Android app) is now broken
- As others have mentioned, lots of wasted space.

+1 on getting Google Listen updated!