The Digg App has Left the App Store
The official Digg App has been pulled from the App Store with no warning. Right now there is no explanation as to why the App disappeared as it seemed pretty well-liked amongst users.
When the App was first released, it was one of the biggest launches we’d seen. Digg was promoting it and Tap Tap Tap, who had developed the App, held a two-week Twitter contest as they gave away 14 free iPads with the Digg logo custom-painted on the back. Each of those iPads was valued at just under a thousand dollars after the paint job. Long story short, they had a lot of faith in the App and their promotional campaign was huge. (On a side note, I won one of the iPads myself.)
The App itself was impressive for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It was quick compared to using it on our mobile browser, and once some of the initial bugs were fixed, it became our preferred method of using Digg. The App actually made us use Digg a bit more, because it was quickly launched, and we liked finding some of the top news of the day on it.
A Bit on Digg version 4
Digg Version 4 came along mere months after the Digg App was released, and has brought some of the biggest changes to the website. It truly split many of the users, some were happy with the changes, which allowed a more Twitter-like following of the people you care about, while some felt that many of the features they enjoyed had been removed. Digg lost several users after this update as many of them began their switch to Reddit. Still, it was a major overhaul that brought many changes, some may say for the better, others may say for the worse. For better or worse, the App was never updated to suit Digg version 4.
What’s Going On?
Right now we can only guess. Could it be that Digg is having some issues with developer Tap Tap Tap over the App? It’s worth noting that the app hasn’t received any major upgrades since its launch. Minor bug fixes here and there, but the App is still limited to the iPhone and iPod Touch. In fact, it doesn’t seem that it was ever optimized for the Retina display, either. We don’t know the behind the scenes story, but if there was any kind of issue going on with the original developer, could Digg have decided to go with someone else?
An upgrade to the App may be well underway. We don’t know right now, and we probably won’t know unless we get official word from one of the parties. It’s safe to say that the App definitely needed to be ported over to the iPad, and given the free iPad giveaway, it might make sense to give users a universal Digg App that will run on both of their devices. The question is: Who’s developing it? App makers don’t typically pull the App from the store when they are updating it. So what’s going on? iSmashPhone has reached out to Tap Tap Tap (the developer of the App) for comment regarding the removal of the application. We will update when we hear back.