Reddit announced Thursday that the front page of the internet is now freed from your desktop. The company launched iOS and Android apps for U.S., U.K., Canadian and Australian users.
In doing so, Reddit has scrapped Alien Blue, giving Redditors a truly native experience on the two big mobile platforms.
Reddit’s vp of consumer product, Alex Le, wrote about the new apps:
Building our first Android Reddit app is a no-brainer for us. Many core Redditors are Android users and it is important for us to deliver an official app experience that makes us proud.
Revamping Alien Blue is also a pretty obvious thing to do, but what started out as a simple improvement project turned into a much larger effort. We’ve decided to rebuild our iPhone app from the ground up to be faster, more modern, and more usable. We’re proud to share with you what we think is be the best way to experience Reddit on iPhone
So here it is: introducing Reddit for iPhone and Reddit for Android, featuring inline images, night theme, compact and card views, and simpler navigation. Please take a moment to head over to the app stores and check out what we’ve built for you.
Many Redditors have been using third-party apps to engage with threads on mobile, but now Reddit can host all that conversation.
Through the mobile apps, you can:
- Browse all of Reddit, wherever you are
- Search and discover communities by topic or interest
- Submit your own comments, images, links, and stories for others to view and discuss
- Customize Reddit with themes (including night theme)
- View in either compact view or card view
- Stay up to date with your orangereds with Inbox: messages, comment replies, post replies, and mentions.
Surprisingly, when a Redditor asked Le why people should use Reddit’s official apps instead of the unofficial apps they’re already used to, Le said that people should keep doing what they’re comfortable with:
Our 3rd party apps are great – they’ve filled the void during the time when we didn’t have apps. If you enjoy those other clients, please keep using them. We’re going to focus on making our apps the best they can be for as many Redditors as we can. That might involve some compromises that don’t work for all of our users and we’re ok with that. That’s why we care about staying committed to our free API.
Readers: Will you try Reddit’s mobile app?