StumbleUpon for Android review: StumbleUpon shows you where to surf (the Web)

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good StumbleUpon for Android is just as good at recommending sites as its bigger, browser-based sibling. Its interface is slick and the StumbleDNA feature is neat.

The Bad You cannot comment on items or add items to lists from the Android app.

The Bottom Line StumbleUpon for Android is a worthwhile download for killing time and discovering new and interesting Web sites.

Free

8.7 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

If you've never used StumbleUpon before, it's a powerful recommendation engine that offers a unique way to surf the Web. Once you start an account, you can use it to discover, or "stumble," upon new Web sites and photos based on your interests and what's trending. The more you use the service, the better it gets at serving up things you might like. Just hit the Stumble button, and when the app offers up a recommendation, give it either a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Also, you can fill out your profile with your interests to give StumbleUpon's algorithms even more data to play with. And you can always edit your interests -- either on the Web or through the mobile app -- in case you want to add or subtract content types from your recommendations.

With the newest version of StumbleUpon for Android, the updated Home screen offers a cleaned-up experience with dynamic thumbnail links to trending content, past activity, content tailored to your profile, and a tool for stumbling only on specific interests. From there, you can click on a thumbnail, swipe to either side, or hit the big orange Stumble button on the bottom of the screen. As you stumble, you'll see thumbnail previews or pages while their full-size counterparts load. This makes it easy to quickly stumble through several pages in a row. To filter your recommendations by interest or type, use the drop-down menu up top.

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StumbleUpon for Android's new dynamic home page shuffles through thumbnails of content. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Also new is the StumbleDNA line at the top of your profile, which offers a color-coded representation of your unique combination of interests. Since these easy-to-spot markers are affixed to the tops of all users' profiles, you can use them to quickly determine whether someone else has similar interests. Admittedly, most users will probably ignore StumbleDNA, but power users may find it useful.

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StumbleDNA markers give you a color-coded glimpse of users' interests. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

If you find something you want to pass along, the built-in Share function lets you send links through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or directly to another StumbleUpon user. What you can't do on the mobile app, though, is add pages to a list or comment on items the way you can on the Web. Still, StumbleUpon for Android offers a slick interface, an incredibly smooth user experience, and recommendations that are almost always interesting.

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