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There are a lot of Reddit clients for Android, and surprisingly, a lot of really solid options. One of them is Reddit Now, and it's been getting steadily better ever since the initial release. Version 3 is probably the biggest update yet, with a significant improvement to the user interface. You can now move through the major subreddit categories, or your own bookmarked subreddits, by swiping through tabs a la the Play Store. The home page also shifts into a "magazine" view if your screen size and resolution are high enough. Oh! And you can submit posts. Which is probably a big deal for a Reddit app.

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The way that Reddit Now handles comments has also been significantly improved, which is good, because the slow and cumbersome way it did so before was a major low point. In addition to generally faster and more reliable loading, the comments now get a touch of color in their highlights, allowing the reader to more easily differentiate replies. A few red and blue touches also allow you to see how popular or controversial each comment has become. The comment editing window has a bit of contextual help, and more Reddit links should open in the app instead of punching out to the browser.

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For those of you who buy (or have been given) Reddit Gold, you can now sync read posts between the desktop web version and Reddit Now on multiple Android phones and tablets. Best of all, Version 3 is less crash-prone than previous builds of Reddit Now. Oh: and it's got a new app icon, starring the little Reddit doodle dude. (I'm sure he's got a name, I just don't care what it is.) Go forth, Redditors, and look at more dog GIFs and cosplay than you know what to do with.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Mihir Wagle

    I think the name of the mascot is snoo, but I may be wrong

    • smileymalaise

      Yep. And Snoo is a female.

  • Kcls

    Weird, reddit news uses the same comment format. Must be open source somewhere or something.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Colored thread-levels is just a good idea in any case.

    • didibus

      Just a case of "copying is the greatest form of flattery" me thinks

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Reddit News Free is good enough for Mee.

    • didibus

      Still my favorite, it rarely gets covered on AP though. They added the colored comments a couple weeks ago.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    How does this compare to Reddit Sync? Opinions please.

    • Alguien

      Just try it, it's free.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Oh, you don't understand the pain of having to clean the "My Apps" (desktop) / "All Apps" (Mobile) in play store. :(

        • Andrew Donica

          why would you do that?

          • DirkBelig

            Because he (like everyone, amirite?) has tried plenty of apps over the years that they either disliked immediately or have found alternatives that suited their purpose better, but now have an "owned" apps list that's miles long and full of irrelevant cruft.

        • Alguien

          I do know, I remove apps from there occasionally and it was a pain in the ass, then I found out I can remove them in batch, and now they've taken out that feature, but it still doesn't stop me from trying a free app, which I might use daily.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Yea, if I get no relevant reply from our Android community, I finally do have to give the app a try by installing it; which I did. It's alright, but still a little lacking compared to Reddit Sync.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Oh, you don't understand the pain of having to clean the "My Apps" (desktop) / "All Apps" (Mobile) in play store. :(

    • didibus

      If you need offline capability, nothing can replace Reddit Sync. If you don't, I'd still say I like Reddit Sync better, but I'd recommend Reddit News over both in that case.

      • RestfullBull

        Interesting . Is there a way to do the sync automatically ? or you must do it by hand per each subreddit?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Looks sweet, gotta install it

  • Ali

    "dog GIFs and cosplay"
    Pretty sure that's 9GAG, not Reddit.

    • Alguien

      There are some subreddits where the content is basically just like on 9gag (/r/adviceanimals comes to my mind right now), so they are not wrong, there's just other kind of subreddits too (virtually there's a subreddit for everything).

      • Ali

        LOL I know, I'm a Redditor myself.

  • epicmau5time

    Can someone mirror the apk? Saying not available in my country even though it's free :/

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