Self-promotion, of course! But, which RSS feed reader comes with a full-fledged web browser? Or, a browser that comes with such a great RSS feed reader?
When I first submitted the app to Google Play, I found that there were quite a lot of browsers and RSS feed readers on the market. Today, I was down with cold and fever, and decided to check out the competition. I put them to test and realized that while they have early-mover mojo, I have nothing to fear.
About Subhash Browser & RSS Feed Reader
- Amazon App Store – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LBHSP30/ref=mas_pm_Subhash_Browser_RSS_Feed_Reader
- Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsubhash.droid.subhashbrowser
- Direct APK install – http://moralvolcano.com/dls/SubhashBrowser.apk
- Direct BAR install (for BB10 and PlayBook 2) – http://moralvolcano.com/dls/SubhashBrowser.bar
- Instructions for installing BAR in BB10 and Playbook 2
- Installation & Use – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9xO8PMl648
- Using User JS/CSS – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWZhuo0u6i4
- RSS feed for updates for this app – http://www.moralvolcano.com/xml/subhash_browser_app.xml
- Link for this blog category – http://moralvolcano.wordpress.com/category/subhash-browser-app/
- RSS feed for this blog category – http://moralvolcano.wordpress.com/category/subhash-browser-app/feed/
In Android version 4.0 and later, HTML5 videos such as those on YouTube can be seen within the browser and the RSS feed reader. In older versions, you have the option to launch the YouTube app and load the videos.
The browser and RSS feed reader screens have an always-on scrollable toolbar that provides easy and quick access to most-used functions. It takes out guesswork from common operations and is particularly useful for people who feel they are touch-clumsy.
If you don’t like the the toolbar, you can easily hide it be gently shaking the device. (Shake it again to bring it back.) Fullscreen chrome-less web browsing is also possible.
The integrated RSS feed reader eliminates the need to use and install multiple apps or visit multiple websites. News articles, blog posts, comments and discussion threads from multiple sources can be viewed on a single screen like in a desktop e-mail client. Check the screenshots for a look-see.
As an absolutely no-nonsense app, the RSS feed reader DOES NOT require you to register or log in to any online services to add/maintain RSS feeds. You can browse anonymously as originally intended by the RSS feed concept. Subhash Browser does not show any ads or collect usage statistics. There is no registration, no nags, no reminders, no pitching third-party services, etc. (The author uses this app as the default browser and news reader, and consciously keeps it annoyance-free.)
The app is fully documented and is easy-to-use. There are audio notifications at the end of file and podcast downloads. There is an accessibility setting to mark hyperlinks in a web page. There are a few user CSS for disciplining recalcitrant web pages.
Researchers and even ordinary users will like the separate search screen providing easy access to 25 search engines and the search pages of websites such as Wikipedia, StackOverFlow, and Amazon. All these search sites are fully customizable & replaceable.
A small number of features are available only in the PRO Edition. These features can be tested during a 7-day free trial. Even after expiry of the trial, these features remain unobtrusive, as before.
Subhash Browser supports all Android versions from 1.6 and newer (with varying levels of performance and support). It can be installed on Amazon Kindle, regular Android, BlackBerry 10, and PlayBook.
Rather than succumbing to the Orwellian “Less is more. More is less” oxymoron or applying the condescending “The user is stupid” attitude, this app has taken the opposite approach of empowering users by providing them with plenty of features and a wide choice of options. It also encourages advanced users to extend the app’s functionality in ways they like.