Reddit unveils official mobile app

The first-ever official Reddit app is now available for iOS and Android devices. Picture: Reddit
The first-ever official Reddit app is now available for iOS and Android devices. Picture: Reddit
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After years of speculation, the popular online social bulletin board has released its official mobile app - along with a free three-month trial of premium service Reddit Gold.

The American social hub has also chosen today to unveil a block button for the first time on the website along with the new software.

Despite the existence of many third-party apps used to access Reddit, this is the first-ever official effort from the website’s creators.

‘Reddit: The Official App’ has made its debut worldwide today, though some regions are reporting difficulty in finding and using the app.

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The company behind Reddit purchased a popular third-party app, Alien Blue Reddit, in 2014, which allowed users to access the service through the program instead of using their browser to do so.

Reddit has announced that the company will be winding down Alien Blue, with the developers focusing their attention on the new app instead.

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Early impressions of the app have lauded its colourful backgrounds and ease of use, though the placement of key items (such as the upvote and downvote arrows for poster comments) have come in for critism.

Those who download the app in the first week of its release will receive three months of Reddit Gold for free; the paid-for service which disables adverts, includes new themes and allows users to create their own avatars amongst other features.

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