Digg and Android’s uninspired social, mobile bookmarking sites

Apr 5, 2010
Tech

Digg for Android has finally been released as a native mobile app, giving Digg users a new interface to tap into while on the go. Though not as robust as Digg’s iPhone app, the Digg Android app has a few good features. Where the Digg Android app is vastly lacking, however, is in the sharing department. […]

Digg for Android has finally been released as a native mobile app, giving Digg users a new interface to tap into while on the go. Though not as robust as Digg’s iPhone app, the Digg Android app has a few good features. Where the Digg Android app is vastly lacking, however, is in the sharing department. As consumers use their mobile devices more and more for accessing the Web, it’s important to make media-sharing from a mobile interface quick and simple. Here are some Android apps that will help you access Digg, as well as share Web content cross-bookmarking sites:

Just for Digg

Digg’s free Android app is fairly basic, giving access to top, recent and upcoming stories on the site. You can vote, view comments and filter them by “all” or “best.”  While bookmarking through the phone’s “Share” mechanism is not yet available, this native Android app is far better than the third party offerings previously ranked in the Android Market.

If you still care to use one of those third party sites to access Digg, Diggdroid is one of the best. The free Android app lets you view top stories and Digg them as well, though there are no options for adding a link to Digg. Though it’s the most well integrated of the other Digg Android apps, it’s primarily done through the browser interface for Digg’s Web site.

Digg-friendly

Readerscope is a feed reader, but it aggregates top stories from Digg, amongst other outlets and social bookmarking sites. The free Android app also incorporates sharing features via SMS, email, Twitter, and Delicious. This will be a good app for interacting better with Digg — if Digg allows for third-party mobile app submission. 

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SocialDroid PRO is a central mobile tool for managing multiple social media accounts. Interaction with each account is limited, but the features are enough to perform basic functions. As Digg is one of the supported services, you can customize and access news as it appears. A “Submit to Digg” button indicates SocialDroid’s anticipation of Digg, offering a future option for sharing content through third parties as well.

 Other social bookmarking apps

Google Buzz is another recently-launched Android app, with the sharing factor being a primary focus.  The free mobile app lets you share content from your phone, while displaying your social media stream and conversations with others. Restricted third-party integration with sites like Twitter is also included.

As Twitter Favorites are becoming another form of social bookmarking, Seesmic’s Android app offers one of the better ways to navigate Twitter from your phone. Favorites are easily accessible from this free Android app, along with Lists and other specialized filters, helping you optimize your management of your Twitter account.

StumbleVideo may not be an interface for the full-version of the social bookmarking site, but it does offer some quick and dirty access to top video content shared through the site. If you provide your StumbleUpon account credentials, you can customize subscriptions to receive the video content that matters most to you.

As with most other mobile apps for social bookmarking sites, you can’t add content to Reddit through the Reddit is Fun Android app. You can, however, have a clean and easy-to-use service for reading and voting on submitted content. Basic, this free Android app is regularly improving.

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Kaboodle Share is specifically designed for submitting content to the social bookmarking site.  Considered a Digg for fashion, Kaboodle has always done well to extend integration options to third parties. The free Android tool adds a Kaboodle option to your “Share” menu, which is accessible while using your mobile browser. It’s not an Android app you can access directly; it would be nice to have some settings features, as well as additional, support in the future.

Similar to Kaboodle, the DiigoDroid app lets you share content to the social bookmarking site from your mobile browser.  Again, additional settings would be nice, even though they would be quite limited. Access to your Diigo account would also be nice, though it seems that you can’t have access and sharing options within the same Android app.

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