Meet the new Digg – a beautiful news reader app…
Oct 7, 2013 9:30 AM –
Digg is a beautiful and easy to use new reader application that provides the most popular and current news stories. Featuring a gorgeous user interface, social network log in, the ability to save stories via services like Pocket plus the ability to find, organise and manage RSS feeds, the free app comes with neat functionality and some great customization options. If your news reader just isn’t up to scratch, you could do far worse than check out Digg.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Great UI!
- Ability to share and save for reading later!
- Find and import your own RSS feeds!
- Easy to use!
- Perhaps lacks some functionality when compared to other new readers.
Back in the day, Digg was a popular community-driven news app, not dissimilar to the way Reddit is now. After having a tumultuous few years, the website re-launched last year as a purer news service and the Android application, released a few weeks ago, is a essentially a news reader/RSS feed app.
The Digg application features a rich and beautifully designed (Flat, Holo, smooth, user-friendly) interface. It feels really good to use and is very responsive. Like so many apps nowadays, it features a pop out side panel for navigation and access to feeds. You can also organise these feeds into folders for easier management.
The app includes a number of basic features without coming out with anything wholly original. You can expect the ability to share with your social networks and the app includes the ability to ‘sign-in’ with the likes fo Google+, Facebook and Twitter. It’s also easy to share to these spaces in addition to other social networks. You can also save stories for later reading by using apps like Instapaper and Pocket.
Much like other news apps, you can search and find a wide variety of news feeds; either from selecting those posted, keyword searching more specific sources or posting the URL directly. I was pleased to find that the keyword search worked exceptionally well and particular searches I made gave a superb news/blog resource- certainly better than the likes of Google Currents and Feedly.
I see the app as a service that perhaps isn’t the most powerful or functional in the market, and yet works perfectly well for people who are just content to scour and find stories that are important to them and not worry too much about functionality and integration. This space in the Google Play Store is ridiculously busy; apps like Flipboard, Feedly and Currents are significantly popular already. However, I really like Digg. It’s nice to use, simple but offers a nice balance of features without being too much.
Digg – News feed
Digg – Story view
Digg – Thumbs up, share, bookmark and view in web options
Digg – Navigation panel
Digg – Add AndroidTapp
Digg – Add pre listed sources
Digg – Search
Digg – Share
Digg – Sign in
For feeding your news hunger, Digg is as good, if not better, than most other news apps. I was especially impressed with the keyword search which offered a wide number of sites and blogs I’ve not found elsewhere. It perhaps lags behind with its functionality when compared to other news reader applications, but it still offers a nice feature-set which is more than enough for the average news fans.
Ease of Use:
The app is very easy to explore and play with and is very user-friendly. Digg also includes a 4×2 widget so you can access your news interests from your homescreen.
This obviously depends on the user and how often/he consumes news. It easily provides enough stability and refresh rate to satiate regular daily usage. I noticed that it only pushes a limited number of stories to your device and there’s no setting (that I can find) that allows you to hold more.
The interface is remarkably smooth and simple to use. It includes a nice navigation panel which slides out and makes exploring the different parts of the app very easy. The app overall is very well put together and looks great.
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