Reddit’s mobile app for iOS and Android is getting some key updates. The apps, which were designed to create a more interactive and social way of exploring the site, are getting a lot of new features. This will be useful for both users and moderators, and will help align the app’s functionality with the web version. One major addition is a user-to-user chat function that has undergone testing for a few months now.
iPhone and iPad users will be able to check images, gifs, and videos in theatre mode, which allows them to view media in landscape. They will also be able to swipe left or right to see older or newer media posts. The iOS version of the app will be able to support live comments and gives users the option of using Safari as them in-app browser, rather than Reddit’s native browser. Android users are getting the “speed read” button, which the iOS users already have. The button allows you to navigate quickly through the top comments in any discussion. Reddit has also introduced a “cake day” icon which will let other users know when you joined the site on the anniversary of that day.
Additionally, Reddit has included new tools for community moderators, which includes a mod mode that makes it convenient for moderators to approve or remove content. Also included is a mobile version of Reddit’s desktop mod queue to handle content approval and spam in bulk, and a mod management tool for adding new moderators on the fly and manage subreddits. Reddit has included support for live comments, so you will be able to view discussions in real-time.
These changes are all for the mobile app version, but Reddit has also been focused on altering its web version this year. The company is saying that more updates are on its way.