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It's important to be able to admit when you're wrong. Imgur, everyone's favorite image hosting site and backbone of Reddit, took its mobile app out of beta on Monday. The developers removed the ads late yesterday after getting a piece of everyone's mind.

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So, now the app is back to it's ad-free state, but that isn't the entirety of the update. The widget has been revamped and a few crashes sorted out. The UI doesn't appear to have been touched, though.

The Imgur app is free, and there are cat gifs. Millions and millions of cat gifs.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Zach B.

    Still an awful app.

    • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

      Because it's not native. They're using PhoneGap.

      • Emanuele Ricci

        shame on them

      • Omega192

        Is that what's going on? Jeez. Wish I had more Android dev experience. I'd write them a native app for free.

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

        Ah, that would explain a lot. Our team back when I was developing for loving dismissed PhoneGap for this reason, along with other similar offerings.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          We used PhoneGap to develop a companion app for our company's software, and I wish we'd just learnt Objective C instead and made native versions. Even having two separate code bases instead of one and having to learn a new language would be preferable to the 'unstable' feel you get when using PhoneGap and it's ilk. :(

      • Leif Sikorski

        And I thought it's html5 or so. But it's really a horrible experience - feels more like a website than an app. Slow loading, disappearing buttons and so on :/

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          That's what PhoneGap is - it allows you to package a web site as an app, to put it very basically.

    • MasterMuffin

      But you can't resist the cat gifs!

    • Michael

      The app needs a lot of improvements, however, look at the updates they've made to their site over the last few years This app also just came out of Beta. I prefer it over the mobile website version because you can SWIPE to the next image.

      • Zach B.

        The app needs to be completely rewritten natively. They're using a crappy excuse for app creation and the user experience is awful. The issue isn't "oh the app just came out of beta" it's "this app is always going to suck unless they rewrite it properly." No amount of improvements can make up for the fact that it's flawed at it's core.

        • S. Ali

          Why should they make a native app when their core site is just an image host? That is pure non-sense. The app is fine for what it does, lets you view images and upload. This ain't Flickr, its imgur.

          • Zach B.

            Why should Twitter make a native app when the core site is just text? Why should Facebook make a native app when it is all just text and pictures? Nonsense, right?

            This was exactly what happened with Facebook. They didn't have a native app. They used a similar (or same perhaps?) method of creating their Android app, and it was so awful. It's about the user experience. So they built a native app that runs great.

            With what they have now... it's pretty bad for most people. From it's very core, the design and experience are bad, slow, buggy, and honestly just a lazy excuse for an app.

  • S. Ali

    Look at you nerds complaining about a free app, free service, and now ad-free.

    • Derimagia

      I have no issue with it having ads, but I don't see any reason why someone couldn't criticize free apps. Especially when apparently they are using Phonegap, the end result will not be good.

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

      Imgur is heavily supported by ads and subscriptions. I am a paid subscriber, for example. I have the right to demand a better app. Any further questions?

  • Sycobob

    I don't have an issue with ads. I have an issue with how bad the UX is.