Are you in the Reddit Sync beta program? Well, now you might have a reason to join. The dev has just pushed version 8.0.54 with support for transparent system bars on Android 4.4.

2014-02-03 07.53.32 2014-02-03 08.28.39 2014-02-03 08.29.07

Reddit Sync joins a growing list of apps taking advantage of the new KitKat UI. This feature is on by default so that when you scroll down, the action bar hides and the status bar becomes transparent. The navigation bar is always transparent, though. It seems to work in all views except the early alpha magazine mode on tablets. The developer calls this immersive mode in the changelog below, but I don't think that's quite the right term. Immersive mode denotes completely hiding the status and navigation bars. At any rate, the new beta looks cool.

  • Immersive mode
  • Gallery fixes
  • New icon
  • Bug fixes

The main app listing has the beta changelog visible to everyone, which is a little confusing, but the transparency is definitely in the beta. It looks like everything is fine in the pro version as seen above, but the free one might be misbehaving. We couldn't get the transparency to trigger at all with the free version, but it is beta. You can get in on the beta for the free and paid versions of Reddit Sync by joining the Google+ community.

[Reddit Sync Community, Reddit]

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.

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  • Cosmic Mind

    If more app developers start using transparent bars and buttons, it would be really cool...

  • http://couchsquad.com/ CouchSquadNick

    I truly, truly, want to love Reddit Sync. I bought the pro version, I uninstalled my other Reddit clients. But there's something about the layout. The upvote/downvote buttons at the top of the screen. The fact that the save photo button is dangerously close to the physical back button on my Note 2. (I got a folder full of accidental downloads) And so, I keep finding myself returning to Reddit Is Fun. Maybe I'm just too use to it.

    • John

      Ya. I still prefer the way Reddit News implemented their features.

  • Guest

    I emailed these guys back in November asking them about implementing the translucent bars, they said they'd look into it
    Respect Reddit Sync!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    White buttons on white background... again, just like Pushbullet

    • Nick Bieter

      I switched to night mode after enabling transparency. It looks much better

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      It's not white on white if you keep it dark themed.

  • DirkBelig

    Have they fixed the monstrous power-guzzling of the app? I tried it when the new style came out and within minutes I could feel the phone heating through my case and the battery level plummeted. There's no reason a freaking Reddit reader needs to fire up all four cores at 100% speed. Sticking with BaconReader.

    • Christopher Mason

      There must be a problem with your phone cause Reddit Sync can't do that...

  • KingKingsons

    I had the update but I still dont have the transparant bars and all even though I'm on KitKat. I looked through the settings, but couldn't find anything. Do I have to enable it somehow?

    • zachjen

      Same here. In the settings the option is grayed out but the box is checked.

  • ZA

    does anyone have a problem with accidently swiping the active thread while browsing through it? it keeps happening to me