The popular open-source Reddit client Slide for Reddit is now back on the Play Store after being mistakenly pulled by Google on July 9th. The company initially claimed that the app violated the Play Store's "impersonation" policy. However, upon further review, the app was found to be compliant with Play Store policies, and the app's listing was reinstated today.
Slide for Reddit is a reasonably popular third-party, cross-platform, open-source Reddit client. In my humble opinion, it's the best one out there (don't @ me), but fans of the app may have noticed that it disappeared from the Play Store in the last couple of days. It turns out, the developer ran into a small problem with the app's rating, which, thanks to Google's stereotypically terrible developer support, quickly exploded into a full-blown suspension of the developer's account. (Update: And now it's back on the Play Store.)
Reddit is a great resource for casual news browsing and/or wasting hours and hours of time, but the website is still hell to view on a small screen. That's probably why reddit clients are such a popular niche on Android, and one of the more popular entries in said niche is the third party app Reddit News. Today it's getting a new name and a bit of a facelift: say hello to Relay for reddit.
This app has gone through some relatively rapid changes, most recently in November when it received a Material Design UI refresh. In addition to the name change, today's update to 7.53 brings even more Material touches for Lollipop devices, a "night mode" theme specifically designed for OLED screens (which benefit from black backgrounds, see above), more image previews, and a redesigned Settings screen.
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.
There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but that doesn't make it any less unpleasant when your old love changes in ways you just can't get behind. So if you're bummed about the new UI brought in by the latest version of reddic sync, one of the many reddit clients available for Android, then you may be happy to know that the developer is throwing you a bone. Now a classic version is available that offers the interface you were accustomed to before that update notification came along bringing more changes than you were expecting.
The reddit sync update that rolled out just a few days ago introduced a new card-based UI and a hamburger menu that left a bad taste in some users' mouths, as any massive redesign is prone to do.