Reddit Mobile App speeds up conversations with new updates

    Reddit is rolling out updates to our iOS and Android apps to make it easier and faster to get to these conversations.

    Conversations are at the heart of Reddit and what sets us apart from the rest of the internet. Posts and comments allow users to engage with each other and their communities. 

    The new changes are aimed at removing hurdles and reducing friction points to improve the user experience for redditors by introducing the following changes.

    Instant comment loading
    Comments now load faster than ever, ensuring the conversation is ready before users even navigate to the page. If a user clicks on the comments button in the feed, they’ll go directly to the top of the comments, making it easier to get to the heart of the discussion.

    Direct shortcut to conversations while keeping the post context accessible
    When a user taps on the comments button on a post in feed, they’ll go directly to the top of the comments versus scrolling through the post page to reach the comments.

    If someone wants to revisit the original context of the post, there’s a new context bar that sticks to the top of the page, allowing users to return to the post or dive into the content with a single tap.

    If someone wants to take a closer look at media from their feed before getting into the comments — a single tap on the image or video gets them where they want to go.

    Consistent conversation navigation across post types
    Conversations can’t flow easily if the way to get to them differs by post type. To create a more seamless flow across all post types on Reddit, redditors will now see a unified media player, immersive transitions, and consistent gestures. Simply swipe up for conversations, swipe left for new content. 

    The redesign started with a vision for what a better mobile experience could look like on Reddit, but also takes the approach of building alongside the community. To achieve this, Reddit looked to the Reddit User Feedback Collective and worked with redditors interested in testing early versions of these updates and sharing feedback with us.

    Reddit took that feedback from beta users to heart and integrated what worked, and made changes where it didn’t, so the final product is a direct result of community collaboration.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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