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Reddit to launch official mobile apps

In a post advertising a job listing and another about privacy policy updates, Reddit admins reveal that the website is working on an official mobile app.

In a post advertising a job listing and another about privacy policy updates, Reddit admins have revealed that the website is finally working on its own official mobile apps.

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There are several ways to get Reddit on your mobile device. There's a mobile web browser, of course, as well as a variety of well-made apps created by third-party developers for all platforms, like Alien Blue for iOS and BaconReader for Android, both of which have been around for several years.

The website, which launched in 2005, is now set to release its own mobile apps, with iOS and Android all but confirmed. A job listing by admin taxidermyunicornhead in the For Hire subreddit reads, "The world is going mobile, and so is Reddit. We're hiring developers to help us build and maintain apps to highlight great content from reddit for a broader, global audience. Our focus is on making it easier for people to find great content on reddit through mobile apps, clean design and machine learning."

According to the position's required skills, both Android and iOS are on the menu, although no mention was made of other mobile platforms.

Applicants should have "[s]trong Java skills (for Android) or Objective C (for iOS or Mac apps) ... A design background (Android/iOS/HTML design/styling/layout work) is helpful."

A post by admin kemitche on Reddit's updated privacy policy clarifies that the apps will be governed by the same practices of the website proper. This details that the apps will store in-app activity, whether you're signed into your account or not; and that they will associate your activity with your account if you are signed in.

The app may also allow you to post to social networking accounts, but, kemitche said, it won't connect to their servers, share any information with their services or post on your behalf. The apps will also send location-based ads using your IP address, and the company has pledged not to track users either across the web or in the real world.

We don't have an ETA on the apps, but we're expecting to see them at some point later this year.