Most Popular Reddit Client Alien Blue Is Now An Official Reddit App
The front page of the Internet Reddit finally has its own official app as the site has acquired Alien Blue, which is the most popular iOS app among Reddit users. The company has made it official that the most popular unofficial app Alien Blue is now an official Reddit app.
Reddit has not disclosed terms of acquisition, but revealed that they have also got Alien Blue’s sole lead developer Jase Morrissey on their side. Reddit has been working with Morrissey for past several years. This is what Morrissey had to say about joining Reddit:
G’day folks! I’m Jase, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the very talented Reddit crew. I’m the developer of Alien Blue and have been working closely with Reddit for many years now. I’m an iOS developer by profession, but I adore building software on any device or machine that I can get my hands on. I’m almost always lurking on /r/PCGaming, /r/Games and of course, /r/AlienBlue. Now that I’m an official member of the team, I’m hoping to spend even more time doing what I love – building fun and powerful software for all of you.
Reddit will be keeping the app’s name and will not change it to “reddit reader” or “reddit” or anything else. However, the logo will be changed slightly, adding Reddit’s logo in the top corner of Alien Blue logo. They believe that their users should have the choice to use Reddit through any app.
“Our whole philosphy has been to give our users choice,” says Ellen Pao, Reddit’s head of Strategic Partnerships. “We’ve got the reddit AMA app, and alienblue coming out… but we really want users to use whatever they want. We think Alienblue is great, and it’s the most popular Reddit app on iOS. We wanted to be able to offer it as a Reddit app, and we wanted to help Jase with additional resources to do everything he wanted to do with it.”
Reddit recently closed a $50m round of outside funding. The company also announced that the money will be used to hire new developers and staff to provide more features to the community.
Alien Blue’s iPad app will be made available for free while the developers work on it and make a universal app for both iPhone and iPad. Note that this will be a brand-new app. However, you may transfer your settings to the new app by following the steps mentioned in the official post by Reddit.
So you can either use Reddit AMA app or the new Alien Blue app to use Reddit. The choice is yours!