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Offline reading and a dark theme on the Android app

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This is a huge release for the NewsBlur Android app. So much has happened in the last six months. We’ve had a big backend rewrite that makes the app feel like new. It’s faster, which is necessary to make the new offline reading feature really shine. Now you can read on your Android phone or tablet while on the train, underground, or just in airplane mode to save battery.

Better yet, not only can you read while offline, but you can better read at night with the new dark theme. Take a look.

Here’s what’s new in version 4.0:

  • Offline reading and story syncing. Stories read while offline will sync as soon as you’re back online.
  • Option to also store images from stories for offline reading. They do take space, though.
  • A dark theme for reading at night.
  • The Text mode can be set to automatically fetch, so you can get to the full text quicker.
  • An option to mark stories newer than a story as read.
  • Major backend improvements for faster story loading and transitions. This app should feel like new.

The NewsBlur Android app is a free download. And as always, there’s more big ticket features coming soon for Android.

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mcdanlj
1887 days ago
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https://getsatisfaction.com/newsblur/topics/background-updating-sometimes-means-stories-are-lost# though...
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stsquad
1886 days ago
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Finally. It fixes the issues with Lollipop as well.
Cambridge, UK
Spunkle
1887 days ago
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<3<3<3
New York, New York
keybits
1887 days ago
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This is very much appreciated :-) Thank you!
West Cork, Ireland
jprodgers
1887 days ago
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Yeeeessssssss. Dark theme ftw.
Somerville, MA
llucax
1887 days ago
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Wooooooohoooooooooooooooooooo!
Berlin
satadru
1888 days ago
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Feature parity with the Google Reader app!
New York, NY
stavrosg
1888 days ago
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Thank you! Allthough I believe that the previous version force-closing on Lollipop could have forced your hand on this release, but anyway, new is allways good x-D
Rodos, Greece
samuel
1888 days ago
We were actually set to release this about a month back, but then reports came in of Android L crashing, and that took a bit of work to fix up. So we delayed the big offline/dark theme release to also support Lollipop.
kevjava
1887 days ago
Samuel: Thanks for the fix, and the dark theme. The L crash was impacting my morning coffee time. :)