Google doesn’t have any official apps available for Windows Phone, but developers often try to fill this void with third-party apps of their own. Back in the days of Mango, WP7 had some really good Google Reader clients like Aloud and Reader2Go. Now that Google Reader is dead, there is a clear need of some fresh additions to the genre of RSS readers in the Windows Phone Store. On other smartphone platforms and desktop, the one service that seems to have taken the place of Google Reader for most people is Feedly. So, it makes sense that the first major RSS reader to come to WP8 is a Feedly client. Phonly is a very thorough app, offering everything you are ever likely to find in similar apps on iOS or Android. You can manage your feeds, read articles, and even add new sources to the mix with ease.
Anyone who isn’t already using Feedly can still use Phonly, but only after signing up from the app’s welcome screen. Creating a new account doesn’t take much effort, as simply linking your Google ID with the app suffices.
Before you start browsing your feeds in Phonly, it is better to configure the app just the way you want. To add new feed sources to your account, go to the bottom bar and tap the ‘add content’ option. Other settings include toggling the visibility of read items, marking articles automatically as read once you have opened them, and associating services like Pocket and Instapaper with your account.
The ‘Today’ section in Phonly gives you an overview of the most important articles that have been recently posted by the websites you follow. Apart from these featured articles, there is also the possibility of going through the sources individually, or browsing the categories at your leisure. A black badge next to each source’s name shows the number of unread articles residing inside it.
To mark a post as read, long-press it and choose the appropriate option from the resulting menu. In the feeds view, there are three shortcuts below each article to help you with this task. An item can be marked as read or unread, you can share it over social media, or save it to your bookmarks. From the options bar inside an article, you can also jump to Internet Explorer to view the current post there.
Phonly is a free app, but it does have some ads in a few really prominent positions. To get rid of those, you have to spend $1.99 and upgrade to Phonly Pro. The app works only on WP8; follow the link below if you want to try it on your device.