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BaconReader, one of the most popular Reddit-browsing clients available for Android, has just received a major update to version 2.1. Among other things, the update brings a new "Welcome Guide" for new users, access to subreddit sidebars, subscription functionality, support for spoiler alerts, a dark theme for the app's "large" widget, and a few minor fixes.

Of course the real story in this update is the app's UI overhaul. BaconReader has finally crossed over to a new design, which ostensibly follows the highly-exalted Android Design Guidelines. With its cohesive, crisp new interface, BaconReader looks and functions better than ever before. Just take a look for yourself.

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It's worth noting that a not-insignificant number of users are reporting problems with the update, from lagging to force closes, but the app appears to work fine on a clean install. As with anything, though, your mileage may vary. If you haven't already, just hit the widget below to grab the update.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Just used the updated version for 15 min or so and hit no crashes. So far so good.

  • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

    Finally! My favorite app, for my favorite site, finally overhauled!

  • Christopher Wilmeth

    Wow. I remember using it when it was in open beta and I wasn't impressed. It looked nice, but functionality was crap and a lot of the clicks to make it work didn't make sense to me. I tried it out just now so I could comment on functionality... so much better. Like night and day from the old beta I tried a long time ago. Major kudos to the developer who worked on this.

  • Mario

    How is this compared to Reddit Sync?

  • masterxchief

    Damn and I just bought reddit is fun cause I couldnt stand the menu popping up when I scrolled through the comments on baconreader

  • sahilm

    Much needed, looks good now. I've always used it, been too lazy to move to anything else, but have never been truly happy. Hopefully this will change things.

    • Dinofan01

      Too lazy to click a button? Just download Reddit News or Reddit sync

      • sahilm

        I think I tried a couple of apps, but I've always preferred BaconReader's widget, which is also resizable.

  • jm9843

    Redditors: what is the best Reddit browsing app on Android? It'd ideally follow the design guidelines and work great on the Nexus 7.

    • http://twitter.com/jeffaandrews Jeff Andrews

      I highly recommend Reddit News.

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      Reddit Sync follows the design guidelines.

  • Sky

    Someone should do a thorough review no this and Reddit Sync and Reddit is fun.

    • Dinofan01

      The results are in: Download Reddit News or Redditsync.

  • Matthew

    I just updated Bacon Reader on my Nexus 7 and it just crashes. Anyone else having this problem on their Nexus 7 or Jelly Bean devices?

  • Blake Forehand

    Reddit News FTW

  • Flaime DeFeo

    I'd really appreciate an in-depth review of the leading Reddit apps. I can think of BaconReader, Reddit is fun (My personal choice), Reddit sync, and Reddit News. I've been holding off purchasing a paid/donate version of these because I haven't had time to check them all out.

  • Mike Whaley

    Thanks for the write-up Liam. As a note, we did just submit 2.1.1 as an update to fix the force close issues that were seen with updates. Thanks to all our users for the note and help getting us getting this fixed quickly!