The demise of Google Reader brought with it a fair amount of unhappy mojo within the technology industry. A number of extremely popular and favored RSS readers and apps were forced to withdraw their support for the service, which in some cases left the software in a position where it either needed to reinvent itself or simply fall into the RSS abyss. Silvio Rizzi's Reeder app was always considered to be one of the best feed readers around, meaning that there was no way the developer would let his creation wither and die. The next-generation of the Reeder app is now available on the App Store and it's better than ever in its post Google Reader state.
We've known for over three months that the once-loved Google Reader was about to meet its maker. Google announced back in March of this year that they would be retiring their extremely popular RSS subscription portal, a decision that resulted in hoards of users looking for alternative tools and services to handle their RSS based needs. The countdown has been on since March, and now that Google Reader's date of destiny has finally been and gone, we are now seeing the highly recommended Reeder iPhone app gain a significant update to improve its chances of being the adopted tool of choice for those on the lookout.
This summer has emerged as a pivotal time for e-reading apps. Google Reader is going defunct, AOL Reader has just been rolled out as a Web service, and rumor has it that Facebook is also set to join the party with its own magazine service à la Flipboard. Today, as promised, Digg has added reader features to its iOS app, which notably, allows users to import straight from Google Reader.