Nextgen Reader gets a major update for Windows Phone 8

One of our favorite Google Reader apps, Nextgen Reader, has received a very nice update in the Windows Phone Store. We’ve been waiting for Nextgen to get updated for Windows Phone 8 for a while. Version 4 brings Nextgen up to speed with Windows Phone 8 and adds a lot of new features.

First thing you’ll notice is an updated app icon that looks more like the Nextgen app for Windows 8.┬áStaying on the aesthetic side, there is a new theme called “Paper.” Instead of a white background it has a cream color that should be much easier on eyes. Since this is a Windows Phone 8 update we also get the great new features you would expect. Fast app resume, three tile sizes, and lockscreen notifications are all included. There is a lot of other great stuff in Nextgen like Readability mode, gestures, and some fixes to improve performance.

Check out the full changelog below. Nextgen Reader has a free unlimited trial, or you can support the developer by buying the app for $1.99. If you use Google Reader this is a must-have app.

  • Support for HD and higher resolutions.
  • Brand new icon (similar to Windows 8 app).
  • Brand new “paper” theme for great reading experience.
  • Fast app resume from start screen.
  • Support for small, medium and wide live tiles.
  • Support for Lock-screen notifications.
  • Always read complete stories using “full article mode” (powered by Readability).
  • Customize article list views.
  • New gestures for changing articles.
  • New metro style share menu.
  • New: ‘Show image captions’ in articles view.
  • New: Pin ‘subscriptions list’ to start from app bar.
  • Do not hide read items immediately (added option to hide instantly for v3.x behavior).
  • Faster image caching by 2-3x times.
  • Improved YouTube support with IE10.
  • Fixed: Image resizing in article view.
  • Several other UX/design improvements, bug fixes and enhancements.

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