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Digg Reader arrives as another RSS alternative on Android

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Digg surprised a lot of RSS users when they announced they were making their own reader, after Google announced their Reader would be retiring a month later. AOL also developed an RSS reader in light of Google Reader’s retirement.

Digg Reader was released little under two months ago for the web and iOS. Betaworks, the company who now owns Digg, has been trying to make the readers on the original Digg platform merge onto Digg Reader and it seems to have worked.

Early signs show Digg Reader has quite a lot of usage, not as much as Feedly or Reeder, but a fair amount for a new RSS reader. It takes queues of the design of previous RSS readers, but has the distinct new Digg look.

The RSS has finally arrived on Android, after a few weeks delay, the company is trying to get Digg Reader on as many platforms as possible, but for now Android, iOS and the web are the three main.

The Android app looks almost identical to the iOS app, there is the obvious button changes on Android to fit with the design, but other than that they are virtually the same application.

Digg Reader is currently free for anyone and we doubt it will be long before the company offers a pro version of the app. Feedly Pro was just announced a few weeks ago, allowing users to pay $45 a year to get some enhancements.

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Digg Reader for iOS rollout is complete, now Web version

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Digg Reader for iOS is complete and now the company will begin bringing the Web version out to the million who signed up. The official figures are around 3.3 million Digg Reader users.

Digg integrated the RSS reader into the original app, meaning anyone who used Digg for iOS at the time got the update. This means Digg’s audience has increased due to its original userbase.

We are unsure how many will continue to use Digg Reader for RSS, it has some cool features, but there are now a few alternatives to choose from, including AOL, Feedly and possibly Facebook soon.

Source: TNW

Digg ready to bring Google Reader replacement by June

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We recently heard Digg wanted to grab a slice of Google Reader’s lost userbase. Google announced RSS feeder was closing on July 1st, surprising many faithful users of the RSS service.

However, Feedly, Reeder and other solutions have gained a lot of popularity in the past few weeks because of Google Reader closing. Digg may gain some of this user base as well, if they can get their new RSS reader out in time.

Betaworks Buyout 

Digg was bought by Betaworks a few months ago, after the company found themselves in bitter times. After previously turning down multi-million dollar offers from Google and other major companies, they settled for a poor $500,000.

The website was then redesigned and will now be developing a new RSS reader to make reading news easy. Currently, Digg is designed like a message board, with clutter many users will not want.

Paid RSS Service

Digg also announced out of the 8,600 responses to a survey sent out by the company, over 40% said they would be willing to pay for Digg’s reader replacement, if it worked well.

The company will also add some nifty sharing tools onto the reader and will develop mobile applications to go with the main web RSS reader. We expect the company to roll these out at different times.

Digg will have the first beta ready for launch in June, with a full release in July. Digg did say they would have their RSS ready for when Google decides to drop support for Reader.

Betaworks is doing a good job with these recent acquisitions, with Digg and Instapaper both companies with a lot of potential.

We believe Betaworks will progress Digg into the news curation center of the web, although in this day and age, it may be hard with an image board and RSS reader, two outdated ways of reading the news.

Source: The Next Web