What about giving us an option to download a certain number of articles ex 100 per feed loaded in the cache in text mode(predefined)?
app version: 4.9.0
android version: 7.1.1 (N4F26I)
device: LGE Nexus 5X (bullhead)
sqlite version: 3.9.2
speed: 7 feeds in conn:1573 read:4 parse:54 store:52
pending actions: pre:0 post:0
If you set the “Default View” option for a feed to “Text” (in that feed’s story list menu), the app will pre-download text mode versions of all new unread stories for that feed for immediate (or even offline) viewing.
I’ll note for others trying this that you also need the “Download Stories” option enabled in the main preferences menu (didn’t mention it as OP already had that on).