Currently, numerous third-party applications on various platforms are used to browse and post to Reddit but to date, the only one to receive the official Reddit seal of approval was the specialized “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) application that launched just last month.
For iPhone and iPad users, the favorite third-party application has been Alien Blue so it made perfect sense for Reddit to acquire the application when interested in launching something new. According to a spokesperson, the company is thrilled that the most popular iOS client of Alien Blue is now an official Reddit application.
At this time, the application is only available on iOS although a launch on Android, which controls 80% share of the smartphone market, will probably happen sometime in the near future.
As part of the acquisition, Jase Morrissey, Alien Blue developer, joined the message board and hinted at creating applications for other platforms as well. He is happy to be joining the talented Reddit team and as the Alien Blue developer, has been working with the company for years. He added that while his profession is an iOS developer, he has a genuine passion for building software on virtually any device or machine possible.
For current users, the completely new Alien Blue application must be downloaded. For right now, there is no charge for the application, which includes an upgrade to the Pro version.
According to Reddit, the new application should be downloaded first, followed by transferring all settings prior to deleting the old app. In the new version, customized settings can be transferred, which includes filters, sub-Reddit groups, and Imgur uploads.
To complete this action, users must first launch the older Alien Blue version and then tap on “Settings”, “Advanced Settings”, “Privacy Settings”, and “Export Settings to Clipboard”. For the new application, the user would tap on “Settings”, “Advanced Settings”, Privacy Settings”, and “Import Settings from Clipboard”.
Reddit cautions that users of the current Pro version are required to upgrade to the new version of Alien Blue within the next week or they will be charged the upgrade fee again.