Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android

Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android

Reddit’s lengthy-awaited native cellular purposes – the primary-ever to be constructed by the corporate in-home – have now launched. Out there right now for each iOS and Android, the brand new Reddit app won’t solely function the official means for accessing Reddit on cellular amid a sea of third-get together shoppers, it’ll additionally exchange Alien Blue, the favored third-celebration software the corporate acquired again in fall 2014, as beforehand introduced.

Alien Blue will not have the opportunity within the out there within the App Retailer and Google Play, which means it gained’t be accessible to new customers who’ve but to put in it on their telephone.

Alex Le, Reddit’s Vice President of Shopper Product, describes the choice to wind down Alien Blue a “troublesome” one. When he arrived in November, he stated that considered one of his objectives was to enhance and stabilize Alien Blue, however what began out as a easy enchancment venture ended up turning into a a lot bigger effort.

The engineering staff quickly realized then it was higher to rebuild its iOS software from the bottom up to be able to make it “quicker, extra trendy and extra usable,” he explains.

Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android

As well as, because of a brand new code base, the plan now’s to ship new options at a quicker tempo than what was attainable earlier than with the Alien Blue software. Actually, the plan is to roll out updates at the very least as soon as per thirty days, if no more, we’re advised.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t simply the necessity to velocity up the time it takes to ship app enhancements that prompted Reddit to stake its personal declare on cellular. The corporate additionally says that fifty % of customers in the present day browse Reddit on cellular, together with each the cellular net and by way of third-get together purposes. When half your viewers is arriving by way of cellular, you must assume extra rigorously concerning the expertise you need to ship.

Although Alien Blue is being shut down, Reddit is hoping to transition these customers to the brand new cellular app by making use of what it discovered over the various months following its acquisition.

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  • “We discovered lots from our passionate Alien Blue group about what makes an amazing iOS app and we utilized these learnings when constructing Reddit for iOS,” Le explains. “As a result of restricted assets, we determined to focus our efforts on making Reddit for iOS our main and official Reddit shopper.”

    Alien Blue’s developer additionally had a hand in constructing the brand new apps as an engineer, we should always observe.

    The brand new Reddit cellular software presents numerous key options that goal to distinguish it from the wide selection of shoppers now available on the market. It features a “card view” choice to raised showcase wealthy media content material, for instance, and it typically gives platform-particular options when it could – like iOS’s draggable “velocity-learn” button.

    Some options are aimed toward catering to the wants of extra common Redditors – together with people who haven’t been out there in different third-get together shoppers, and even Alien Blue. Certainly one of these is help for customizable subreddits. Within the new Reddit app, moderators will now have the ability to customise the best way their subreddits feel and appear.

    In the meantime, different enhancements are extra underneath-the-hood changes, just like the app’s measurement. The iOS obtain is simply four.eight megabytes – meaning the app will obtain in just some seconds on an LTE connection, the corporate factors out.

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  • Although Alien Blue could also be shut right down to make room for Reddit’s official new software, Reddit doesn’t have any plans to limit its group of third-celebration app builders now that it’s making a extra critical effort on cellular. As an alternative, the main target is simply on providing an ideal expertise for its personal viewers.

    “Having a local Reddit app on Android and iOS — particularly one which’s this quick — goes to damage lots of people’s productiveness. And I’m okay with that,” says Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder. “The staff has executed a exceptional job delivery such a cultured app in such a brief time period and it’s solely going to get higher! It’s a privilege to have the ability to create for such a faithful consumer base of a whole lot of tens of millions of individuals.”

    Reddit has been teasing its native cellular purposes for a while (together with yesterday, by way of Fb). Plus, earlier this yr, the Android beta check went stay, however these signal-ups have been shortly closed. In complete, four,000 customers, each inner and exterior, had entry to the apps previous to at present’s launch, the corporate tells us.

    The brand new Reddit app is reside on the iTunes App Retailer and Google Play.