Need your daily Reddit fix on the go? The company has acquired the most popular third-party app, and made Alien Blue the official app of the site. For now, financial details have not been disclosed, and developer Jase Morrissey has joined the team.
The news follows on the heels of the AMA (Ask Me Anything) app, that takes the popular subreddit and puts it right on your phone. Incredibly well designed, the AMA app engages users and brings new ones into the fold. It’s easy to navigate, and the best AMAs float to the top.
For now, Alien Blue is available on iOS devices, and I’ve used it a bit over the past day. For old users, there’s not much of a design change. A new icon and a couple of bugfixes. For existing users, there is a hoop to jump through. Download the new app. Launch the older version of Alien Blue and tap Settings ->Advanced Settings -> Privacy Settings -> Export Settings to Clipboard.
Jump back over to the new version and navigate to the same menu. From there, you import your old settings from the clipboard. Delete the old version of the app, and you’re good to go.
“We want to be able to have new features from Reddit.com show up on mobile faster and better”, said Ellen Pao, Reddit’s head of partnerships and strategic development. “With Alien Blue and Jase, it was getting to a point where it was too much work for one person. He was helping us, we were helping him and the fit was really strong”.
Reddit is seeing the sea change on how people consume online media. Mobile is where things are heading and they want to keep their status as the ‘Internet’s front page’. They keep pushing apps like this, and they will have no problems. Those looking for Alien Blue Pro have a week to grab it for free.
Users can download the app today via Apple’s App Store.