Google is considering giving Chrome its own RSS reader, tailored to your needs
Google is ready to test a dedicated RSS reader in Chrome’s Canary channel, potentially giving site visitors an easier way to follow their favorite sources. It is based on reports, associated with the Google I / O 2021 event, detailing the new feature and its ability to aggregate the news more accurately. At least when it comes to the news that end users want to see.
Here’s how the new RSS reader would work in Chrome
As you would expect for a Google product, the new Chrome RSS reader would be incredibly easy to use. For starters, it would appear directly in the app’s overflow menu. This is the three-dot menu located at the top right of the user interface on Android.
Placed at the bottom of this menu, the user interface is also quite simple. It simply presents the website favicon – the logo or other icon that the site uses to identify itself in the tab bar. This is followed by the site title and an oval button with a plus symbol that simply reads “follow”.
Just press this button to follow a website, and then that site will appear in Chrome’s home screen UI, usually shown when new tabs are opened. It’s precisely next to the “For You” segment, which features stories similar to Google Discover. The “Next” section is placed to the right of “For you” as its own tab.
The underlying goal, of course, is to bring up the content that users actually want to interact with. But also to create a “deeper connection” between sites and their readers. Indeed, helping users keep access to their favorite publications, sites and publishers at their fingertips and helping Google extract the content. And, of course, it’s built using the existing open web RSS standard – or Google’s own index if it’s not available for a given site.
Will this get a full version?
Now the new feature can finally be scrapped, if the comments about it from editors and end users are too negative. Or for a number of other reasons. That’s why, as noted above, this RSS Reader for Chrome test takes place in the Canary Channel.
Conversely, accessing the Canary Channel on Android is easy. This appears to be the primary testing platform at the moment, with an iOS deployment still uncertain. But users just need to download the Canary Chrome app from the Google Play Store to access it.
The test feature is expected to arrive “within the next few weeks” from this year. I / O Developer Conference. It will only be available in the United States, at least to begin with.