Google Prettifies RSS With Tablet-Ready Google Reader PlayS

The mad scientists at Google Labs have unleashed their latest concoction: Google Reader Play, a new way to look at your feeds one Google-suggested site at a time. It's actually pretty neat! And would be perfect for the iPad.

Google Reader Play is a full-screen treatment that shows you an image, video, or text from websites that are popular on Google Reader. You can navigate from page to page with right and left arrows at the sides of the screen, or by selecting a site from the assorted options below. You don't have to be signed in to use it, although if you are you'll have more control over the type of content you're seeing: when you use Google Reader Play from your account, you can star an item for later, say that you like it to be shown similar content in the future, and share it with friends.

The interface is certainly easy to use on a desktop, although not ideal for sorting through a large number of feeds if you're looking for news or a specific site. But where it's really going to shine is on a tablet, where the large display, simple interaction, and random stream of content lend themselves perfectly to wasting away an afternoon on a couch, scrolling through the best parts of the internet.

It's still in Labs right now, but can be used by anyone, and it's more than worth a shot! To be clear, it's not a replacement for Google Reader, nor is it meant to be. It's just a new way of browsing the web, and just in time for the tablets it'll work best on. [Official Google Reader Blog]