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Unable to login to Feedly on gReader Pro using a Google account

I recently wiped my phone following the update to Oreo. My Nexus 5X was much slower after the update and either another bootloop is coming or the update caused some problems, so I opted to start over. Amongst the apps I use every day is gReader Pro which I have been using ever since Google Reader was alive.

Unfortunately, it appears as though gReader Pro is no longer being maintained – whilst it is still possible to install the app, Google have changed their authentication methods and so it is no longer possible to login to the Feedly Cloud using a Google account on gReader Pro. Luckily there is a workaround!

First, go to the Feedly website and create a new account using your email address. Once this is complete, log out and then log back in with your Google account. Then, choose Preferences from the menu (by clicking on your avatar in the top right), then choose Logins. Choose “Add Login” and add the new account that you just created.

Now you should be able to go to gReader Pro and login to Feedly using the email address and password of the new account, and you should have access to all your feeds.

I’ve tried looking for an alternative app which is still maintained but a quick check didn’t show anything as good as gReader Pro. I tried the official Feedly app but it doesn’t load the full article to read in the app, you have to visit each website to see the full article. I guess it’s a niche since the demise of Google Reader but it would be great if there was another alternative.

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Android 8 is known as Oreo

The latest version of the Android operating system is now available to select devices. Android 8 is a major release and has a new name: Oreo. I wonder if Oreo paid anything to have it known as that, like with KitKat? Anyway, if you have a specific device (e.g. Pixel or Nexus) the update should be available now or in the near future.

Android Oreo

My Nexus 5X hasn’t received the update yet but I’m in no rush – I’m sure it’s possible to force an update by joining the beta scheme but I’ll just wait for the update to arrive naturally.

Here are the headline updates for Android 8:

  • Performance – devices should be faster to boot up and run. It is also possible to set a quota for each app so that if the cache for that app gets too large, it will automatically be cleared.
  • Battery – Oreo should limit apps running in the background and force them to run background jobs which should use your battery less.
  • Notifications – these can now be “snoozed” for a certain amount of times. Icons on the launcher will also feature dots to show that a notification has arrived.
  • Autofill – it is possible to autofill certain forms and logins.
  • Adaptive icons – you can choose which icon to display for certain apps.
  • Bluetooth 5 – Oreo will support the latest Bluetooth standards.

I look forward to using Oreo but the changes are not so drastic that I feel compelled to update immediately. Generally there are no major visual changes (such as with the introduction of Holo, Material, etc.)