By far the most common user feedback over the past two months has been some variation on, “Where’s my freaking Android app, you lazy idiots!?” But, you know, with more colorful language.

Well today the long national nightmare is over. Now awaiting your download in Google Play: Digg for Android.

Like the web version of Digg, the Android app includes up-to-the-minute stories from the Digg homepage as well as Digg Reader, all optimized for your Android device.  

Some notable features:

  • Quickly swipe back and forth through Digg’s Top Stories, as well as through any feed or folder in Digg Reader. Choose from either the web view or the parsed text view.

  • Digg or save any story;  send it to Instapaper, Pocket or Readability (automatically upon save, if you choose);  and share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, Buffer, Dropbox, Google Drive, email, text or any other sharable app on your device.

  • Search Digg Top Stories.

  • Sort your Digg Reader items by popularity to quickly see which of your items are the most talked-about on the social web.

  • Log in to Digg Reader with your Google, Facebook or Twitter account.  

  • Search for and add new feeds. Create, organize and delete folders.

  • If you so choose, post your diggs automatically to your Facebook timeline.

This is our first Android release, and we’ll be updating and improving it steadily over the next few months. There are a few missing features we’re still testing such as a “Show Only Unread Items” view, text size and display mode options, and background updating. You’ll see those added shortly, along with other new and bewitching features.

 

Even more excellent news:

Our friends at Wired have put together “101 Signals,” a painstakingly-assembled list of feeds featuring the reporters, writers, thinkers and outlets you can’t – or at least shouldn’t – live without.  It’s really valuable. We discovered tons of interesting sources on “101 Signals” that we weren’t already following, and we get paid to find the most interesting things on the Internet every day.

To make your life even easier, we’ve built a set of one-click “Add To Digg Reader” buttons that you can use to subscribe – altogether, within a category, or one-by-one – to these highly-curated, high-value feeds, both over at Wired and within Digg Reader itself.

Whether you’re just getting started using a reader or simply want to augment the feeds you already follow, Wired’s “101 Signals” is a brilliant list to consider.

- The Digg Team

Ah, the sweet scent of incremental progress.  This week we’re launching more new features and updates for Digg and Digg Reader, as we work to add your many excellent ideas and feature requests to our products.

Today brings three notable launches.

1.  New iPhone and iPad app

Our new iOS app is going live in the Apple App Store today.  Here’s what’s new:

  • We’ve added the “Popular” section to Digg Reader, enabling you to sort any of your feeds in order of their popularity across the social web.

  • You can now choose to see only unread items in any Digg Reader feed.  All feeds have a simple pull-down menu where you can toggle between All and Unread-only views.

  • You can also turn on a new setting to show only folders and feeds with unread items.

  • You can now delete feeds and folders directly in the app.

  • We’ve improved scrolling performance, and added support for Readability.


2.  Digg Reader for mobile web browsers

We now offer Digg Reader optimized for mobile web browsers.  Just point your smartphone or tablet browser to digg.com/reader.  

Digg Reader’s mobile web interface captures the look and feel of our awesome iOS (and soon-to-be-released Android) mobile apps.  As with other flavors of Digg Reader, we aim to make the experience fast and simple.  We’ve baked in full support for embedded HTML5 media from sites like YouTube and Soundcloud.

It’s a beta product, and it won’t work perfectly on some devices, especially older smartphones on less-popular platforms.  Future updates will bring the mobile web experience closer to feature-parity with our other apps, and will expand support for more devices and operating systems.  We’re also going to be building edgier (at least in the context of mobile browsers) capabilities, like offline use/storage and an add-to-Reader bookmarklet.



3. Only show feeds and folders with unread items

If you’re the kind of person who wants to clear through your Reader queue as efficiently as possible, you probably want folders and feeds to appear in the menu only when they have unread items.  Now added, as an option in your Settings:



As always, we warmly welcome your feedback.  Our user forum has a wide-open section for your ideas and input.


- Andrew

PS - You may be asking yourself, “Where’s my freaking Android app?”  The answer is:  On my Nexus 4, right now.  We’re doing final QA on our Android beta.  Coming your way very, very soon.

 

We’re sprinting hard to knock off as many feature requests as possible, as quickly as possible. Today we’re happy to announce that you can now export your subscriptions from Digg Reader.
 
Simply visit the Settings page and click Export.
 
As always, we want your feedback! Check out our ideas page to see which features are on the roadmap and to contribute your own suggestions.
 
p.s. check out this awesome writeup on our tech stack from Fast Company

Two of our most requested features for Digg Reader are now available!

View Only Unread

Simply click All Items in the top right corner, then select Unread Only, to — you guessed it — view only those items that you have not yet read. By early next week, this will include folders as well as feed items. 

Mark As Unread

At the bottom of every article, you’ll find a new action that allows you to mark that item as unread. You can also use the keyboard shortcut, m.

Both features will be available in the next version of the iPhone and iPad apps. We’re working hard to get the features you need out the door. Stay tuned for regular updates!

Mike

We’re happy to share that you can now import your Google Takeout file into Digg Reader.

Visit digg.com/reader to get started, or if you’ve already created a Digg Reader account, visit digg.com/settings. For detailed instructions, visit the FAQ.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Check out our ideas page, and let us know!

Digg

Farewell, Google Reader. You made the Internet a better place.

We just want to say one last thank you to the team who made it possible, and whose design and engineering innovations continue to inspire.

Last week we were crawling about 100,000 feeds, in an attempt to get somewhat ahead of the deluge of new users. At about 6:30pm EST this evening, we crossed 7.7 million feeds. It’s a tremendous scaling challenge, but so far so good: Digg Reader remains speedy and stable.

We expect to have a busy few days as Google Reader officially closes its doors, but we’ve already identified the key features to come in the next week:

  • Unread counts for feeds and folders (coming tomorrow!)

  • Mark as unread button

  • A toggle to view only unread items/folders

We’ll provide an update soon. In the meantime, if you have a feature idea, please head over to our ideas page and let us know about it! 

Digg

After a week of testing and scaling, adding batches of users and improving our infrastructure, we’re happy to fully open Digg Reader to the public! 

To give you a sense of scale, last night we were crawling over 3.3 million feeds. We’re now up to 4.5 million. That’s a lot of data – and it’s growing quickly – but (at the risk of tempting the cruel and unforgiving Fates), the site has remained speedy and stable.

We’ve spent a ton of time this week talking with early users and have identified a few urgent feature needs that we aim to add quickly:

  • “View Unread Items Only” option for feeds and folders

  • “Mark As Unread” button

  • Accurate unread counts for feeds and folders

To try out Digg Reader, please visit digg.com/reader.

Oh, and don’t forget to download the iOS app! (Android coming in the next few weeks)

Thanks for your patience!  As always, we’re looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Digg

Update to the update (11:45a EST): A quick update, since a bunch of people are asking:

  • Unread counts should be working shortly
  • View Only Unread and Mark As Unread are far and away our most requested features. The team is already working hard on them and you can expect to see it live next week!

Questions or feedback: get in touch at reader@digg.com!

—-

Quick update: The Digg Reader iOS app is live in the Apple App Store and available for anyone to use, and everyone who signed up for early web access has received their invitation. Our backend infrastructure has been scaling up nicely, and the experience remains speedy. (We’re now crawling over 3.3 million feeds, up from, well, zero at the beginning of the week!)

We’re working as fast as we can to get everything ready for the full web release. Thanks for your patience!  As always, we’re looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Mike