Dig this: Digg for Android hits Google Play
Digg for Android has finally landed on Google Play after being the most requested feature over the past two months for the new Betaworks-funded Web property. No longer are Android users consigned to the usable-if-slower-than-native, HTML5-based website.
The new Digg app is packed with all the goodies you’d expect, including Digg Reader integration, and the ability to browse Digg’s front page, rising stories, and the latest Diggs.
Digg for Android lets you sign-in to the service via Facebook, Google, or Twitter. As with almost every other app these days, Digg uses a collapsible navigation drawer that opens and closes with a tap of the menu icon in the top left corner of the app.
The navigation drawer offers access to saved RSS feeds and folders in Digg Reader, as well as standard Digg categories including the front page, popular stories, saved stories, and personal Diggs.
Inside the article view
Navigating Digg is very simple. With a tap of the globe icon at the top of each article, the Digg app switches between viewing Digg’s Instapaper-like view and the standard Web view.
Digg is also tied into Android’s system-wide sharing feature to easily send articles to apps such as email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. This feature can also be used to send items to apps such as Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability—depending on which apps are installed on the device alongside Digg.
Heavy Digg users that don’t yet use a read-it-later service could also try Digg’s own saved articles feature. Tap the bookmark icon at the top of any article view and the item will be saved to the app—in my brief tests, the saved feature didn’t sync to the Web version.
Digging an article is easy thanks to a quick tap of the “thumbs up” sign at the top of each article.
The new Digg app also makes it easy to flip between articles in a given section. If you’re reading an article from the Digg front page, for example, swiping to left takes you to the next article, while swiping rightwards takes you back to the previous item.
The company says it has many more updates planned for Digg for Android in the coming months. A number of currently missing features Digg intends to add include the ability to view only unread items, background updating, and text size and display mode options.
Digg for Android is available now from Google Play for free for Android devices using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and up.