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There are a lot of Reddit users in the Android Police audience, and more than a few on the editorial team, so we like to highlight a quality Reddit browser when it comes along. And Reddit News certainly fits the bill: it's been one of the most consistently solid options for Android smartphones (and just lately, tablets) for some time. The latest update adds the oh-so-nice feature of sliding panels in the Holo interface, as well as support for multiple Reddit accounts at the same time.

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The intuitive nature of the various sliding UI mechanics incorporates a lot of the usability mechanics and visual flair of the Google+ app. But there are a lot more options and features, including inbox management, comment swiping to return to the root comment, HD options for picture viewing, and volume key scrolling for the comment view, among many, many others. There are even pony emotes, because someone, somewhere was really waiting for that. An older version of the app is shown below, for comparison.

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The paid version is getting the update first, so those of you who are still rocking the free version may want to consider the paltry two bucks for an upgrade. For Redditors who frequent NSFW boards, take note that the Reddit red light district is now hidden by default, and can be re-enabled in the settings menu.

Hi all,

I'll be pushing the paid version in a few minutes. I'm just putting the full changelog here as it won't fit on the market page. Unfortunately the free version is still a day or two away but it's nice to reward the paid users a bit.

  • slide out menu - (not just a bezel swipe because bezel swipes are lame)
  • new improved design for posts
  • load more comments
  • multiple account support with fast switching from slide out menu
  • swipe comments to go back to posts list
  • new overflow context menus for posts and comments (share comment/post, copy comment text etc.)
  • mark messages as read and unread in your inbox
  • font size options
  • ability to post new private messages
  • sidebar that can be swiped away
  • youtube api support - survives rotation with hi-res thumbnails
  • added "HD" button to picture viewer to download a higher res version when available
  • double tap to zoom on picture preview plus "HD" button to download a higher res version if available
  • mapped volume keys to next and previous comment in comments view - enable in settings
  • added captcha when submitting posts or pm's if needed
  • profile sorting option (top, year etc.)
  • RN will now look in sub folders of Reddit emote folder and check that folder first before using its internal emotes
  • support for np Reddit domain
  • nsfw content is now hidden by default
  • internal pony emotes have been updated to latest
  • added new search sorting parameter - hour, day etc
  • added separate option to show total up/down votes in comments and posts. Disabled by default for posts.
  • Option to move bottom actionbar buttons to the slideout menu
  • removed flurry analytics from paid version.

Cheers

Dave

Reddit - Changelog for next version

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • will bartlett

    just curious if this is going to fix my force closing issue on my vzw note 2...every time i open something to look at comments i get an fc...

    • Jason Banich

      Hmm, maybe you could try and find out? Probably the easiest/quickest way to find out...

      • will bartlett

        no signal where i am otherwise i would :(

  • Matthew Peterson

    Ponies were already in the app. Also the video is from an older version, I'm pretty sure.

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

      Definitely is.

  • http://twitter.com/kdmhong ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°

    Just looks like the dev took some ideas from 'reddit sync' and baked them right on.

    • IncCo

      they both take ideas from each other.. so yes..

    • sssgadget

      Now we are at the point where all Reddit apps 'share' something or the other. It's matter of who publishes that feature first.

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

    I love the new update. It looks sharper, and the slide-out menu is great.

    I also love the comment browsing features, like jumping between OP's only comments or comments newer than N minutes.

    The dual article/comment UI that is separated by a sliding horizontal bar is fantastic too since it loads the comments at the same time as the content.

    There are still some quirks, but it's now my favorite Reddit client (I'm using Reddit Sync and RIF as well at the same time).

  • Ryan Ball

    I really wish a comparison between this and Reddit Sync, heck even all the reddit apps. So hard to decide if it's worth switching back

    • okungnyo

      If you're on a phone: Reddit News.
      If you're on a tablet: Reddit Sync.

      It's because Reddit News loads pics onto a separate page that is ideal for small screens (use as much space as possible for detail), while Reddit Sync loads images as a layer on top of the app, which is ideal for large screens (as the whole point of a tablet is that the larger screen allows the user to look at multiple things at once).

      • Not a Mouse

        Reddit News has the option to load the image as a layer, similar to Reddit Sync. Click on the image itself.

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