With the scheduled July 1 demise of Google Reader Reeder, a full-featured RSS tool that previously leveraged Google Reader on the backend. In response to Google's decision to axe its RSS syncing platform, developer Silvio Rizzi today released Reeder version 3.1 as part of an ongoing effort to break reliance on the soon to be defunct Google service.
With the update, Reeder can now function as a standalone RSS reader after importing a feed list into the app. Syncing of feeds across devices has yet to be implemented as a native app feature, though Monday's version adds support for Feedbin, a type of Google Reader replacement service that costs $2 per month.
According to the Reeder website, Feedbin support will be extended to the iPad and OS X versions of the app "in the coming months." Until then, Reeder for iPad and Reeder for Mac are now free to download.
Another new feature is pull-to-refresh which, much like Apple's own Mail app, allows users to quickly check for updates with a simple pull-down gesture. Other RSS readers have had this functionality for some time, and the addition is a welcome one for existing users.
Reeder is available now for $2.99 from the App Store.