plans for offline mode in iPhone app?

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Are there any plans in the pipeline to support downloading all new items to the iPhone app for offline use as soon as it opens? I ride the subway frequently, so this would be great.
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Scott Kallgren

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I too would like something like this, give me an option to pre-fetch up to x articles, all of them, etc.
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How about just getting the developer of Reeder onboard?
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Justyn Butler

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I think this is pretty important...for Android too.
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As an android dev, I'd love some clarification as to what exactly "offline mode" is. Do you want the app to automagically download metadata in the background or metadata and story content? Would you rather the download happen upon request (to prevent sudden, unexplained data usage)? Are you expecting to actually "read" the downloaded content when off the network (e.g.: does the app need to save/queue up all your read/saved/shared stories for a later sync)?

Some concrete use cases would help us out a lot!
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Niels Madsen

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I think that Google Reader's sync function is a good model, although it often messes up in practice. At a certain interval it should download both metadata and story content. So the content should be readable without any further network connection. The user should be able to specify downloads only occuring over Wifi to prevent excessive unexplained data usage.
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Justyn Butler

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Yes exactly, the key is that it downloads the content in the background so that you don't need a data connection when you're actually reading your feeds.

People like me are usually using the mobile app when on the move, and therefore the data connection can be spotty, frustratingly slow or totally unavailable.

Another example model is simply the Gmail app on Android, which you can tell to automatically sync mail in the background, and specify how many days worth and which labels to do it for.
You can even search your emails while offline (it will only search the synced ones, obviously).
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Since you all asked, this feature is now in beta and I'm shipping it out to a few testers this weekend. Soon, everybody.