According to an announcement made Thursday by the company’s co founder and CEO, Reddit beta tests long-awaited official app on Android. He declined to be more specific on the features, but he mentioned that the app is now being tested behind closed doors by beta testers worldwide.
From several images that were leaked online we learned that the new app comes with a plethora of features that would prevent Redditors from resorting to various third-party apps.
Still, people familiar with the matter said that the new beta did not blow them away with out-of-this-world functionality and performance. So, there is plenty of room for improvement. The app’s strongest point is maybe its looks and the collapsing comment threads.
Additionally, you can browse subreddits in a whole new way. But that’s just about it. The beta still misses a feature that can display images without summoning the in-app browser. Plus, accessing links takes ages. Plus there are some details that need to be improved such as the unchangeable color of the status bar regardless of the situation.
But the beta is good. It also comes with a night mode feature, which, on the other hand, may draw criticism from AMOLED display users because of the greyness. All in all, though the new app does impress through innovation, the beta is complex enough to glue you to it.
For instance, you can browse your own threads and messages, have multiple possibilities to sort content, you can disable thumbnails fro photos, and hide NSFW posts. Though the new Android app is not as curated as the Reddit client for iPhone and Ipad, also known as Alien Blue, it is a good thing to have an official version for Android. Official versions usually get more attention from developers.
Reddit also hopes the new app to attract users of third-party alternatives. But experts believe that it would require more finishing off before users are convinced to renounce their favorite apps such as Reddit Sync.
The roll out of the beta was announced in early December. People who planned to become beta testers were asked to sing up through Dec. 18. During the registration process, candidates were asked a series of questions designed to help the website pick a variety of users for the beta teams. Some of the questions were about mobile phone usage and frequency of usage. The site said in December that thousands of beta-testers would be selected to test the new app.
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