FocusReader RSS Reader

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About this app

RSS is system used by most websites to easily distribute their content to anyone that wants to monitor it. Most websites that publish articles offer an RSS feed. You can collect and organize these feeds into your own customized, personal magazine/newpaper-like reading experience. These feeds are either stored in specialized OPML files or collected by different services called "aggregators" (Inoreader, Feedly, etc.). The advantages of using RSS over just visiting various websites include:

• all of your content is gathered in one unified place
• a good RSS reader will strip out ads, pop-ups, and everything else except for the content of your articles
• you can integrate your YouTube subscriptions, Twitter feeds, and email newsletters
• you can follow hundreds of different sources without having to search through bookmarks or click through the web - RSS automatically gathers new articles for you effortlessly!

FocusReader is an modern RSS reader designed to provide the best Android reading experience possible. It will manage your feeds by either storing them locally (using OPML import) or seemlessly integrating with all of the major aggregator services (including Feedly, Inoreader, The Old Reader, Feedbin, Bazqux, Tiny Tiny RSS, FreshRSS, and Fever).

Basic, completely free features include:

• Get article summaries through AI, can set different prompts for each feed
• a full-screen reading experience
• a pure reading mode that streamlines article content into a clean reading layout
• podcast support
• article translation
• gesture navigation to painlessly swipe through subsequent articles, star articles, mark read, view images, open in browser, activate readability mode, or copy/share links
• light and dark themes
• full article caching for offline reading
• magazine, card, and list views
• user-defined reading settings (multiple fonts, font size, line height, line spacing, line justification)
• sync on open, sync on demand, or optional background sync
• per-feed customization settings
• easy new feed search and add; just type in a term you're interested in and you'll be presented with tons of feeds to choose from
• built-in image viewer/downloader
• integration with Pocket, Evernote, and Instapaper
• mark articles as read either manually or on rollover
• article sorting either ascending or descending so that you're presented with content in the chronological order you prefer
• fully support using external browser custom tabs for seemless viewing of articles that are difficult to parse
• high-definition favicons for all feeds
• optional navigation using volume buttons

We feel that continued development is best supported long-term by a subscription model. This enables FocusReader to be in continuous development, addressing bugs quickly and always adding features. Those who choose to subscribe can use the following additional features:

• user-defineable light, dark, and AMOLED themes, as well as auto-dark mode,
• complete subscription management - delete and rename feeds and folders,
• filter out or retain articles using keywords
• ability to open a feed's article using its corresponding app (for example: a YouTube feed can be set to open in the YouTube app)
• ability to add an unlimited number of accounts
• ability to backup app data locally or to Google Drive, DropBox, or OneDrive to save your setup for easy future restoration or share settings across devices
• intelligent automatic ad-removal from synced Inoreader accounts
• automatic duplicate article removal based on article title or URL
• a "Today" view that will show articles from the last 24 hours
• ability to cache images during sync (enhancing your offline reading)
• full-text article search
• Readability support that will fetch full article text into the app from partial RSS feeds; 3 different Readability engines are provided (native, Feedbin, and advanced)

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Updated on
Mar 4, 2024

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Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

521 reviews
David Redstone
February 17, 2024
Update after using FocusReader for a month: Great app, but minus 1 star for subscription model (very expensive at that!) and no web version. FR could be far better than Feedly ever was, but it's held back by hiding most of the useful features behind the paid subscription, such as opening an article in reading view, and removing duplicate articles (there are so many). I would happily pay a small, low-cost, once-off fee, but not a subscription (already have too many!)
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Focus App (Social News Podcast)
January 22, 2024
ability to change the text in the list view , and horizontal swiping through articles in preview mode. Also mark-as-read on scroll . all supported now , you can goto settings to change these
Michael J Brancato
February 19, 2024
Make sure you disable "Auto cache images background during sync", developer runs this on main UI thread rather than a background process and is responsible for locking up the UI and making it unusable. Aside from that issue, the pending widget and the global article options, that would make this the best RSS reader in the Google Play Store right next to Reeder 5 on Apple.
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Focus App (Social News Podcast)
March 15, 2024
In fact, Worker is used, which is not in the UI thread, but it seizes a lot of CPU resources. It would be a better choice to turn it off when there are a lot of pictures.
Mark Phillips
December 17, 2023
Had to change to it when my old RSS was discontinued. Paid for premium but it stopped working. No restore purchase option. App feedback function also broken. No response from developer on X or PlayStore for about a week. Nice layout but you need premium to see all the text in each article. Clearing Google Play cache restored the Premium subscription.
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What's new

1. Fix font size and line height