It's later than Betaworks promised, but Digg Reader has finally opened up to the public and the service is integrated into Digg's iOS app too. Digg's hotly-anticipated RSS reader has been in beta for about a week, after a development period of about three months. And the new reader, on both the web and iOS, is nothing if not minimal. That's not a bad thing per se, but this is clearly a service that has plenty of evolution ahead of it.
As we noted in our hands-on with the beta release, the Digg Reader web app currently lacks the robust feature set of rivals such as Feedly or Newsblur. But, the service is simple, intuitive, and not set to be killed off anytime soon as Google Reader is as of July 1st. A Google account will be required to sign up for Digg Reader, and RSS subscriptions can be pulled in with ease. Once subscriptions are set up, uses can Digg and save stories as they like, or share links to Facebook and Twitter — and that's about it at this point.
A simple RSS reader that should improve over time
In a blog post announcing that Digg Reader is live and open to the public, the company made it clear that this is still a work in progress. It's currently missing features like the ability to mark an item unread, view only unread items, and even lacks "accurate unread counts for feeds and folders." Digg also promises than an Android app will be released "in the next few weeks."
Betaworks has promised that integration with Evernote and IFTTT, search, and notifications will show up in future iterations. And eventually, a paid version of the reader will be introduced as well. Those interested in checking out Digg Reader for themselves can do so at digg.com/reader.