People complain that Google ignored the so called social network around Google Reader by ignoring it just like Yahoo killed Flickr.
I can not live (digitally) without Google Reader. But I haven’t opened by Google Reader page in past one year or two. I have switched to Feedly completely. It picks up my feed from Google Reader and presents it in a magazine like layout.
But for those who want to stick with Google Reader, but still get a better UI, Grid Preview for Google Reader is a good option.
Google has no plans for improving reader or redesigning it. So if you are a Google Reader fan waiting for a better layout, you better install this extension, and stop waiting!