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Here at Android Police, we love us some Reddit apps, almost as much as we love the gaming cat meme cakes our Libertarian Atheist girlfriends make us from locally-farmed flour. We featured Reddit Now way back in January, and since then the developer has made some noteworthy changes as the app has updated to version 2.0. The app has been slavishly dedicated to Holo standards since its launch, but the new version includes a Google Now-style card interface, not to mention a reworked look on tablets.

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The card interface works great, especially as it scales - smartphones will generally get one column of news while tablets get two or more. However, some of the more recent reviews say it looks cramped. Other notable additions: integration with Reddit's mail/messaging service, and improved handling of both entry comments and images. Subreddits now appear in a nifty pull-down menu - grab the "hamburger" slider for a quick list of popular pages, which can be customized with user settings. The somewhat heavy app has also been given a general tune-up, speeding things up in general according to the developer. Also, version 2.0 is the first that's officially out of the beta stage.

Reddit Now is a free download for most Android devices. The Play Store entry doesn't say exactly which versions are supported, but based on some of the devices we've got lying around, it appears to be compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich and later releases.

v2.0

Out of Beta! Version 2 of Reddit Now has been greatly improved.

  • - Completely new "card based" interface
  • - New tablet interface
  • - Messaging (send mail and receive inbox notifications)
  • - Subreddits now appear in a slide down drawer
  • - Improved comment view
  • - Faster image handling
  • - Speed improvements throughout the app

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.
  • MrJigolo

    Is this app any better than Reddit is Fun?

    • Grizzly Atoms

      I used it when it was first in beta, and it was pretty damn good but it was lacking a lot of the features in RIF. I haven't used it since it first came out but I am downloading to see how much it has progressed.

    • Adam Truelove

      Reddit News?

  • aNYthing6

    Patiently waiting for a reddit sync update.

    • navjot

      A new dev version was released today

    • Sqube

      Feels like it'll probably be coming the day after the next Launcher Pro update.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Why doesn't Reddit make their own damn Android app?

    • Fawoo

      Unforunately that involves scaling up resources for no real reason. Especially when others are doing a really good job at their own apps.

      It might happen though, but I don't see a "real" reason to do so.

  • Vitaly

    Wow the card interface is really great and reminds me of Google+ , also the app is very smooth. This is a great example of skilled programming.

  • Harjifangki

    The theme is too bland IMO. Sure it looks nice and minimalist, but like I said before, it's too bland.

  • wheineman

    I have used them all. I started with Bacon Reader. But it was just not that good. I am now on Reddit Sync, but even that has its own issues. All I really want is an app that lets me view content like images in HQ. Smoothly and easily lets me view imgur images and galleries. And will make it simple to up and down vote content!

    Bacon Reader (Pro)
    Pro - Great imgur integration. Easy up/down vote. Images inline with comments.
    Con - Images open in non-resizable window. Hard to discover new sub-reddits.

    Reddit Sync (Pro)
    Pro - Great full screen images w/ HD option.
    Con - Hard to up/down vote. Always collapses threads instead of opening option menu. View Sub-Reddit without subscribing.

    • TomZ

      Have you tried the new dev version of RedditSync? It blows everything else out of the water.

      • wheineman

        Is it just the latest version of the Pro app which is in the play store? Or is it a separate Beta?

      • Stacey Liu

        It's pretty awesome but Search and Casual are still borked. I'll stick to the official version until they are fixed.

    • Sqube

      I'm not sure how viewing a subreddit without being subscribed is a con. That said, it is a pain in the ass to up/downvote and it's been kind of sluggish for me lately.

      Then again, I have a GNex. It's probably the phone.

      • wheineman

        I list it as a con because it is a simple feature that can be done via the web by typing into the address bar. And because Reddit Sync offers the feature. It is handy for quickly checking in on a Sub-Reddit without the hassle of adding it to your subscriptions. I often check the sub of opposing sports teams before during and after games. But I don't care to subscribe to them.

        • Sqube

          I think there's some kind of miscommunication here. You're telling me how this is a feature that you like and use, but you've got it listed as a negative.

          So you like it, you use it... and it's bad? i'm really missing something here, but I think I need some more coffee.

          • wheineman

            I also need coffee. Edited my post to make this more correct! It should have been a + for Sync, and a - for Bacon.

    • didibus

      I find reddit news is pretty easy at up/down vote, and let's me see pictures in HD, with good imgur integration.

    • techniq

      I feel like I've tried them all as well (Bacon Reader, Reddit Sync, Reddit News, redditmag, Reddit Now), but have recently settled with Reddit Flow ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.deeptrouble.yaarreddit ) with the Card UI enabled in the settings. You can also turn down the colors in the settings if there too much for you (I like them).

      • runderekrun

        For an alpha reddit flow is amazing.

    • BetterWithRoot

      I am using "Reddit Is Fun". I really can't find too many cons about the app. It's easy to up/downvote, it supports blacking out spoilers, multi-user logins (pro version), history, and more. I am not affiliated with the app, but rather enjoy the interface and features.

      I suppose my only 'con' to the app at the moment is that since it got updated to 3.0, it doesn't retain the imgur mobile settings for albums. It goes to a web based one, which is easy enough to switch, but wish it would retain the setting.

  • Mikey510

    Better than Bacon Reader?

  • bakalon

    Anyone tried ReadReader? It's pretty good.

    • bakalon

      Shit, I meant RedReader....

    • BobbyTables

      I like it a lot! It certainly has it's flaws (no subscribe or friend function, hidden post stay hidden) but also a great UI. Basically my main _reader_ but not enough for anything else.

  • Ark

    Nothing compares to Reddit News.

    • Adam

      Have to disagree. This is a very smooth app.

      • Ark

        smooth because it has 1/10 of the feature of reddit news.

    • Evan Sims

      Except Reddit News looks like it was made by a kid with down's.

  • Adam

    This app runs and looks amazing, and it's the first Reddit app outside of Alien Blue for iOS that actually takes a stab at original design instead of squishing the mobile reddit site into a smaller UI. The developer was actually taking suggestions from folks on the site as well.

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