Google Reader Android/iPhone WebApp Website (Mostly) Works in BlackBerry Browser

Google has yet to release a BlackBerry client application for Google Reader and has left many users to rely on their simplified WAP website to read articles. Joe did some digging and found that with OS 4.6+ browsers he was able to use the Android and iPhone optimized WebApp website to dynamically render Google Reader.

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He did this by simply creating a bookmark to www.google.com/reader/i/ and setting it to enable JavaScript for that bookmark. You don’t even need to change the browser ID. Its not the most elegant solution and has some caveats but it does work. Stories load dynamically when you click on them and the content and images load inline without reloading the page. The downside is that stories “read/unread” status is not synchronized for some reason and sometimes pictures do not load properly.

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Still this is pretty cool! Hopefully we can get Google to tweak this a little to work properly on the BlackBerry browser. Or better yet they should get off their lazy @$$e$ and release a BlackBerry client for Google Reader.

Let us know how it works for you!

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  1. Sounds great! I already have google reader bookmarked on my blackberry (because I’m not interested in installing Viigo or any other dedicated RSS reader), so I’ll try this out as soon as I finish re-charging my battery.

  2. Been using the iphone version for a couple of weeks since getting my first blackberry. Looks just like it did on my iPhone before. Sort that sync issue out google and its pretty much perfect!

  3. Great find! I did notice that you can sync if you use the “Mark these items as read” at the bottom.

  4. Just a note that it works flawlessly if you’re using the latest Opera Mini v5 beta 2. The “mark as read” works, and the page looks just like it does on the iPhone & Android.

    • It does work on Opera but the page rendered is too wide. I think I will stick to the WAP version until a Blackberry version comes out or until Verizon comes out with the iPhone (hopefully announced on Wednesday?!).

  5. snaptu is a very small rss solution that works perfectly with Google Reader.

  6. Just tried this on my tour, blackberry browser, javascript enabled for the bookmark – but the page remains on the “Loading…” screen, even after refreshing. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks.

    • setting the bookmark alone with javascript enabled will not work, blackberry browser options also have to have javascript enabled, then it works.

  7. It works really well in Opera 5 beta on a BB 9700.

    Thank you! It was one of the things I missed after switching to a BB from the iPhone.

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