Digg users with Android devices, who might have been jealous of Digg's recently launched iPhone/iPod app, now have one of their very own.
The good news is that it's free, and has the same, simple interface as its iPhone cousin. The bad news is that it's not packing nearly as many features.
Just like the iPhone app, Digg's Android app, which went live on the Android Marketplace on Friday, offers a quick way to view and sort through stories on Digg.com. Included are tabs for top, recent, and upcoming stories on Digg, as well as a way to eyeball how many comments each story has acquired. The commenting interface itself is identical in both versions, with tabs to sort between all the comments or just the best.
When it comes time to read the stories linked on Digg pages, the Android version makes use of the same built-in browser as the iPhone version, albeit with fewer buttons and knobs. There is, for instance: no way to save articles for reading later, share to Facebook or Twitter, or have a Digg link set to open in your Android browser of choice. Another big change is that users have to verify their log-in credentials through a Web browser, instead of directly inside of the app. This may be just be some launch jitters, but I was unable to log-in to the site from here, despite being able to in another browser. These are the kind of problems you just don't have if the log-in system is built into the app.
There is one nice thing Android users get over iPhone users though--at least for now, and that's landscape mode. This comes in handy, as even on an Android device with a wide horizontal resolution in portrait mode, titles and other text is frequently cut off. Flipping your phone sideways solves most of these problems. It also makes it more enjoyable to read stories from within the integrated browser. Still, this is something Android users are only getting an edge on for a little while, at least until the iPhone app is updated to include it too.
One thing I hope gets added in a future version of the app is a way to submit content from your phone, to Digg. This is something many Android apps do using the "share" option in the default Android browser, and in the media gallery. I'd also like to see a home screen widget with some of the top stories. Both of these things would give it a nice edge, and a few tricks that the iPhone app is not currently capable of.