After spending some time in closed beta testing, Reddit has released it’s new apps for iOS and Android. Both of Reddit’s apps have been in beta, the Android since January and iOS, March. The iPhone version replaced the Alien Blue service which has been Reddit’s official mobile client for about 18 months.
“We learned a lot from our passionate Alien Blue community about what makes a great iOS app and we applied those learnings when building Reddit for iOS,” Alex Le, Reddit’s vice president of consumer product. “Due to limited resources, we decided to focus our efforts on making Reddit for iOS our primary and official Reddit client. The new code base has allowed us to add features and build a stable client in a record amount of time. We hope to keep up the pace and deliver new updates at least once a month (hopefully even more often than that).”
Apart from viewing contents, the new app allows users to access their inbox and reply to messages. Users can also view content either in card view or compact view. The night mode feature, changes the white background to black, this to some extent helps to save battery on handsets with AMOLED displays. There’s also a new “speed read” button, this helps users to quickly navigate lengthy threads like Ask Me Anything sessions. The new app also allows users to disable image previews and blur NSFW images. You can also, search and discover communities by topic or interest, submit your own comments, images, links, and stories for others to view and discuss, stay up to date with your orangereds with Inbox: messages, comment replies, post replies, and mentions..
By downloading and installing the official app within the first week, Reddit is offering users a free trial of Reddit’s ad-free gold membership. The company plans on maintaining advertising on its mobile apps for free users.
We felt an obligation to deliver a Reddit experience to our core users, the people who love Reddit & can’t live without it
“For people who are really used to the desktop experience it’s brand new,” said Chen, Reddit lead iOS engineer. The apps “send a signal, that Reddit has become even better.”
The new Reddit app is available for download in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Reddit plans on making its app available in more countries soon. You can download the official Reddit app for iOS @ 6.4 MB and Android @ 6.4 MB, the Android version requires 4.0.3 and up while the iOS requires iOS 7.1 or later.
Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005. It is an entertainment, social news networking service, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links, making it essentially an online bulletin board system. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the main page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. The subreddit topics include news, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and photosharing, among many others. Reddit is based in San Francisco, California.