Android Rivers

Fast River of News style RSS reader

For Android 2.2 and above



Android Rivers is a fast river of news style RSS reader with an awesome Podcast player. It is an open source project and frequently updated.

River of news is the best way to follow various news sources because it does not force you to keep up with reading news. It has no unread count. If you miss a news item, it is fine. Life goes on. If it is important, you will find it somehow. This is not your Inbox.

Android Rivers integrates well with reading apps such as Pocket and Readability.

Android Rivers comes with:

  • Support for reading RSS, ATOM and RiverJS format.
  • Support for downloading and playing podcasts.
  • Easy way to discover new sources (multi lingual).
  • Growing support for specialized display such as Arabic.
  • Native support for outlines and OPML format.



Fast Skimming
Android Rivers is designed for the ground up for fast skimming of news. It presents headlines in a flowing river of news format. This way of reading news saves your time and attention.

Light
Android Rivers fetches news only when you want it so it does not drain your battery and is very light on your data plan.

Flexible
Build your own River of News from your RSS collection. Add your own RSS source or get it from Android Rivers’ directory.

Private
There is no tracking, no ads tricks, no data sharing and no login.

Practical
Browse thousands of listings from Craigslist over 700 cities around the world, track flight deals from Kayak.com from over 3000 airports, and read news in 50 languages from Google News.



The Plan

Android Rivers is part of a larger open source project to realize the creation of an open Twitter-like ecosystem.

The idea of a decentralized Twitter-like system is very appealing to me for the following reasons:

  • You do not have to fear that somehow you anger the power that be and have your account suspended.
  • Anybody can participate to provide the service for small amount of money. This diversity is a strength.
  • We will strengthen the web instead of transforming what is a very open network to very few sites controlled by large companies.

I intend to work full time and bring some people on to make this idea a reality. Make no mistake, it is a hard problem. I am still trying to figure out the funding issue at the moment.