Google Reader has been my RSS reader of choice for the sometime now. But for the past few months I have been reading the feeds exclusively on my HTC One X using Feedly. With the little free time I had this was a quick way to catch up on reading. Now looks like Feedly is going to be my RSS reader on the desktop too. They are looking to clone the Google Reader API and continue supporting feed syncing. Awesome.
Google Reader API made Google host the backend for numerous RSS clients like Feedly. The clients could just concentrate on the presentation layer and not worry about the backend. Looks like all these clients have to rethink their strategy now. Maybe this is why Google is shutting down Reader. It does not want to be just a API with no way to make money.