Earlier this year Reddit hinted that it could be working on an official app for Android and iOS. Over the weekend the company launched its first mobile application, though it’s not exactly what we expected. Instead of a general Reddit app, the company is testing the waters with an Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview-focused service, though it still provides a sense of how the popular platform could translate to your smartphone in the not-too-distant future.
Reddit’s AMA app is available for your iPhone and iPad right now, and the company tells Variety an Android version should launch later this week. Visually it’s a pretty drastic departure from Reddit’s website and most of the third-party apps currently available, switching the simple text heavy layout for a colorful design that puts an emphasis on big pictures. The app’s homescreen is a list of recent and popular AMAs with full-sized photos of each celebrity looking right at you as you scroll by. You can also browse by category or search for a specific topic, and the app will let you know which AMA sessions are still active and which are finished.
Overall the new AMA app looks pretty great, and we can’t wait to try it out for ourselves. Reddit definitely took its time rolling out its first mobile offering, but hopefully we’ll see more applications launch in the near future. We’d love to see a similar design used for apps focused on some of the site’s other popular features, or even a general Reddit application to completely replace the unofficial versions we’re still using everyday.