I’ve just started playing with Google Chrome, Google’s new browser. Its strengths are impressive, but I was disappointed to see no support, as yet, for reading RSS feeds. They display as text, with all tags stripped out, and no semblance of readability. As an example, here’s RSS4Lib’s RSS 2.0 feed:
Given that Google already has a way to display RSS feeds on a web page, it seems odd to me that it didn’t make its way into the first public beta of Chrome. Even the iPhone version of Safari (which similarly does not include a built-in RSS reader) redirects RSS feeds to a web page, hosted by Apple, that renders the feed as an HTML page. For an example that only works from an iPhone (or if you can set your browser’s user-agent string to “iPhone”) see Apple’s rendering of the RSS4Lib feed.
I’m hopeful that a forthcoming release of Chrome will include some capability to read display RSS feeds within the browser.
Update, 16 December 2008. Google Chrome came out of beta on December 11, 2008, without RSS support. See Google Chrome: Out of Beta, Still No RSS.
Update, 30 April 2015. At some point along the development path, Google Chrome learned to handle RSS feeds, as illustrated here: