Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Digg Reader, Digg’s take on bridging the impending gap when Google Reader is finally ‘sunsetted’ this month, opened up in beta this week and today the service stepped on to mobile as an update to the Digg iOS app, right on Digg’s previously announced schedule.
The tech space has been awash with RSS services each looking to take the crown (or a share of the pie) when Google Reader is permanently shut down, but Digg’s effort is one of the most notable new entrants and certainly worth a look for Google Reader regulars.
As we revealed earlier this month, the RSS reader capabilities are being built into Digg’s existing app instead of an altogether separate standalone ‘Reader’ app. That gives Digg a head start on assembling a sizable user base and will help promote the rest of its service to Google Reader émigrés and RSS junkies.
The service enables an instant import of Google Reader feeds on mobile devices — although some early users have experienced issues with that — and the usual assortment of options that allows feeds to be perused with/without images, articles opened into new links, etc.
Here’s a selection of early screenshots, we’ll have more to come.
Digg has made plenty of noise around its Reader efforts, promising to give users ‘the best of Google Reader’ alongside a fully API and a bunch of other social features, the type that helped the service first make its name as a bookmarking and sharing site.
If you’re still in the market for a Google Reader replacement, Feedly, AOL Reader and old favorite NetNewsWire are among the other forerunners that we’ve drawn attention to recently.
➤ Digg for iOS: App Store
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