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Here are some highlights from today's AMA with Andy Rubin and the Essential team

AMAs on reddit are a good way for tech companies to communicate with fans and potential customers and answer any concerns they may have. Of course, not all of them go well, but if you're honest and respond to important questions, it's easy enough to do. Essential may have had a couple of screw-ups in the past, but at least it did its AMA right. Here are some responses we thought deserved a spot in this recap.

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Google's Android O engineering team hosted a Reddit AMA, here's what they had to say

With a recent example of how not to do a Reddit AMA still fresh in the mind courtesy of OnePlus, yesterday was Google's turn to show us how it's done. A long list of key personnel from the Android engineering team took to r/androiddev to answer questions from the community regarding the upcoming release of Android O. As you'd expect, the team remained coy about a number of things they're simply not yet allowed to speak about, but they did have some interesting things to say. Here are some of the highlights.

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Never Settle: OnePlus dodges questions on the company's Reddit AMA

After months of rumors, leaks, and hype, the OnePlus 5 was released earlier this month to mostly-positive reviews. However, the numerous missteps OnePlus has taken over the past years have put into question if the phone is worth the $479 asking price. Yesterday, OnePlus hosted an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit to discuss the phone, but the end result wasn't pretty.

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[Update: It's back] Boost for Reddit removed from Play Store for alleged promotion of drugs, still not back after a week

Boost for Reddit is one of the many Reddit clients available on the Play Store, having somewhere between 100-500k installations (according to the Play Store listing). But no amount of popularity can stop Google's automated ban hammer, and the app was removed nearly a week ago for allegedly promoting drugs - and it's still not back.

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The official Reddit app v2.1.9 receives a redesign to introduce bottom navigation

In the midst of the MWC hullabaloo, Reddit released a small redesign to its official Android app. Gone is the cluttered hamburger menu, so say hello to a bottom nav bar that's taking its place — for better or for worse. Version 2.1.9 also brings some other changes, which are mentioned in the official changelog.

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Relay for reddit v8 overhauls media viewer with new features and Material transitions

As any reddit user will know, there is no shortage of reddit apps on the Google Play Store. These apps might do the same things, but they all look and act differently. Relay for reddit, one of the more popular reddit clients, was updated to version 8 yesterday and includes a host of new changes. These changes are live on both the free and pro version.

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Sync For Reddit Gets Massive Update To V11, Rebuilt From The Ground Up For Material Goodness

Reddit apps are a hugely popular type of app in the Play Store - from Relay to Slide, reddit is fun to the official reddit app, there's one for every use-case. Today one of the most downloaded reddit apps, Sync for Reddit, is getting a huge update to version 11, bringing a full material redesign that has been written from the ground up. The update has been available in an alpha format since January, but this is the first release to anyone who uses the app.


  • This is it, the big one!
  • Material animations & transitions
  • Automatic subreddit theming
  • Automatic comment caching
  • Inline link previews, no more risky clicks!
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[Update: APK Download] Reddit Finally Releases Its Official Android App And Gives Free Reddit Gold For Early Adopters

There's no shortage of Reddit applications for Android on the Play Store, most of which are excellent in terms of design and functionality and cater to different types of Reddit users. But no matter how many third-party clients are available, there's always a special place for official apps, ones that come straight from the site/service/network and provide a home-brew perspective on what the experience should be like on mobile.

Reddit has been hard at work improving its mobile presence, first with a new beta mobile site and second with an official Android app which was leaked a couple of months ago and is now finally official.

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Reddit's Official Android App Released To Private Beta Testers

In an announcement, Reddit's CEO said that they are launching an official Android beta, which for the time being is a closed beta. Of course, these kinds of things have their way of ending up in the public eye. The current development version, similar in appearance to the screenshot an administrator posted back in September, boasts the full spectrum of capabilities that Redditors currently have to go to third-party offerings to get.

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Being pretty late to the party, this beta doesn't bring anything mind-blowing to the table, at least at the current stage of its development.

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Pixel C Team Holds Reddit AMA, Discusses Name, Android N, Multiwindow Support, "OK Google" Hotword Update, And More

Like the original Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C (which became available on the Google Store for a starting price of $499.99 yesterday) leaves many people scratching their heads. The usual criticism is that the device is too expensive for what it is, a high-end tablet hybrid meant for productivity—only one that lacks the requisite software. You could say this dichotomy is part of the Pixel brand.

Today the Pixel C team held an hour-long Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from 11 to 12 PM PT.

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