Reader Widgets Removed from the Google Play Store

My Reader Widgets Android apps have been removed from the Google Play Store. It said it would take several hours for them to completely disappear.
Thanks again to everyone who downloaded either the free or paid version.


Goodbye Reader Widgets

It was announced in March that Google was killing off Reader on 1st July. Because of this I have decided to end development on my Reader Widgets for Android and withdraw the apps from the Play Store on 30th June. I know there are alternative services in development to take over from the unofficial Reader API but none of them seem to be ready yet and don’t provide all of the features I want for a seamless transition.

Reader Widgets was my first Android app so it is very sad that I have to write this post. It qualified me for theĀ Android Developer Device Seeding Program, took me to an Android Developer Lab at Google’s offices in London and helped me to form relationships with other developers and users. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the apps, provided me with feedback and helped me to develop it over its 4 year lifetime. My other Android apps Paperless List and SMS Bot Widget will continue to be maintained and updated. I did have some big plans for Reader Widgets so these might re-appear in some other form.


Reader Widgets updated

I have just uploaded V2.36 of Reader Widgets (Pro and Free) to the Google Play Store. Here’s a full list of changes:

  • Refresh widgets button added to main app (only appears if you have widgets added to the home screen)
  • Possible fix for Asus Padphone issue after dock/undock
  • Press added to list of launch apps
  • Medium widget made scrollable on Android 3.0+
  • Small widget can be added to lock screen in Android 4.2+
  • Manual login text fields fixed for Android 3.0+

Reader Widgets and SMS Bot Widget updated

I have just uploaded updates to both my Reader Widgets (Pro and Free) and SMS Bot Widget apps in the Google Play Store. There was a bug in Android 4.2 that prevented the widgets in both apps from being added to the home screen. I have also added lock screen support for Android 4.2 and made the medium Reader Widget resizeable in Android 3.1+.


SMS Bot Widget and Reader Widgets fixed for Jellybean

I have just uploaded SMS Bot Widget V2.1 and Reader Widgets Pro and Free V2.34 to the Google Play Store. Both versions had a problem with Android 4.1 Jellybean. Widgets could not be added to the home screen as the configure activity was launched before the widget could be dropped into place. This was because of changes to the way widget events get fired in Jellybean.


Reader Widgets V2.33 in the Market

I have just uploaded Reader Widgets Pro and Free V2.33 to the Market. Here is the changelog:

  • Fixed crash in Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Fixed crash on Android 1.x
  • Updated help text for ICS and Honeycomb

Update: Pro version 2.33.1 uploaded to fix apk crash problem


Reader Widgets V2.32 in the Market

Another quick bug fix release. The XL and large widgets would get stuck on the “Loading…” message when 0 unread items were available.


Reader Widgets V2.31 in the Market

Just a quick bug fix release this time. The new XL widget would sometimes display no items when some were available.


Reader Widgets V2.30 in the Market

I have just uploaded Reader Widgets Pro and Free V2.30 to the Market. I am pleased to announce it now includes an extra large widget for Honeycomb tablets. This XL widget is resizable and displays headlines along with the article time. They are ordered with the most recent headline first and tapping on launches a new browser tab for that article:


Here’s the full change log for V2.30:

  • Resizable XL widget for Honeycomb tablets added
  • Second configuration screen sped up
  • Bug fix: Out of memory force close error on configuration screens
  • Widget previews for Honeycomb tablets added
  • Honeycomb hardware acceleration enabled

I managed to create a single apk file for this version that hides the XL widget on non-Honeycomb devices. It took me a while to achieve this as disabling/enabling the widget in code didn’t seem to work consistently. Luckily the versioning of resource folders in Android provided a solution which can be seen on the last post in this stack overflow thread.


Reader Widgets V2.20 in the Market

I have just uploaded the latest version of Reader Widgets Pro and Free to the Android Market. Here’s the change log:

  • Sped things up
  • Force close fixes
  • Dialogue appearance made Gingerbready
  • Reduced app size
  • Updates stopping on Gingerbread devices fixed
  • Option to launch Google Listen

I find the option to launch Google Listen particularly useful as I can have a secondary widget that just tells me how many unread items that are in the label “Listen Subscriptions”. If this changes I can launch straight into Listen and start downloading new podcasts.