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Google Reader: Did You Update Your Android App Today?

The boys and girls from the Google Reader team have announced some recent changes to their official Android app that should help make it much easier to use for news junkies on the go.

News ticker widget – if you prefer a bit more information, you can add a larger size widget that cycles through items on any stream you want in Reader. Clicking any headline will take you to the article, while clicking the folder will take you to that stream.

Mark previous as read – if you’ve used the mobile version of Reader before and missed this feature, it’s now back! As you scroll down your reading list, hit “Mark previous as read” at any time to only mark things above the screen as read. (Official Google Reader Blog)

The app also includes an unread count widget which was surprisingly left out during the app’s premier launch.

Unfortunately for iPhone fans, Google has no plans on launching an official iOS app in the future and thus far seems dedicated to only supporting the Android platform (although iOS has plenty of third party apps to help fill in the gap).

Google Reader fans can download the app for free from the Android Market, and for those of you who sport an Android device do you prefer the official app over the numerous third party rivals? If so, why?

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