Reddit finally (almost) has its own official apps. The company released its first Android app in beta today, according to an announcement by Reddit CEO Steve Huffman. Huffman says the iOS version will follow "soon."
"We are all redditors," Huffman wrote in the post, "and we are all driven to understand why Reddit works for some people, but not for others; which changes are working, and what effect they have; and to get into a rhythm of constant improvement. We appreciate your patience while we modernize Reddit."
Reddit is about to be modernized
Last year was a rough one for Reddit. This past summer, several of its moderators essentially held the site hostage after the firing of Victoria Taylor, a staffer who helped run the AMA subreddit. Interim CEO Ellen Pao was criticized for the firing, and she eventually resigned, although Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian later took responsibility for Taylor's firing.
The site was also criticized for abuse within various subreddits and in response, it announced a new anti-harassment policy that seemed more like a rhetorical move than a practical one. In today's announcement, Huffman used Reddit's creation of a Trust and Safety team as an example that the company is taking (small) steps in the right direction to help curb abuse, but few real details were given.
Huffman's post today feels like an attempt at cleaning up Reddit's somewhat muddy slate. He takes the position that Reddit's potential has not yet been fully realized, and looks toward 2016 as the year more things start to change. "We are still in transition, but you should feel the impact of the change more as we progress," he wrote. "We know we have a lot to do here."
There are no details yet on when the app will launch publicly. Beta signups are closed.
Update 3:53PM ET: Updated to reflect that beta signups for the Android app are closed.