Reddit buys unofficial iOS client Alien Blue, offers 'Pro' features free for limited time

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in iPhone edited October 2014
Popular iOS reddit client app Alien Blue was acquired by reddit itself for an undisclosed sum on Wednesday, with the software now positioned as the online community's official reader.




Reddit revealed the Alien Blue buy to TechCrunch, saying the app's lone developer, Jase Morrissey, will be brought on board as part of the deal.

Curiously, Alien Blue will not be rebranded under the reddit umbrella, which prior to today's acquisition included only the reddit AMA - Ask Me Anything app. Instead, reddit wants to leave the choice up to users.

"Our whole philosphy (sic) has been to give our users choice. We've got the reddit AMA app, and alienblue (sic) coming out... but we really want users to use whatever they want," said Ellen Pao, Reddit's head of Strategic Partnerships. "We think Alienblue is great, and it's the most popular reddit app on iOS. We wanted to be able to offer it as a reddit app, and we wanted to help Jase with additional resources to do everything he wanted to do with it."

With the App Store rights being transferred from Morrissey's iTunes account to reddit's, existing users will have to re-download the app, while those who upgraded to the "Pro" feature set will need to repurchase in-app.

For the next week, however, reddit is waving all "Pro" in-app charges, granting both current and new users free access to advanced features like support for multiple accounts, accelerometer-based viewing and post filtering. The company is also making the iPad version free as work progresses toward a universal app.

While Alien Blue's name will remain for the foreseeable future -- appended by "reddit official client" -- the app's logo has been tweaked in the transition and takes on a rounded logo with lowercase "r" positioned in the top left corner.

Alien Blue is available as a free 21.8MB download from the iOS App Store.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    Paid for the pro version couple of years ago. The best out there, obviously!

    On another note, accessing YouTube with Jasmine from same folk. No spyware included unlike freaking google version!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    softekysofteky Posts: 132member

    Yes, *that reddit*. The headline makes it sound as if reddit was complicit in hosting C&C for a botnet.

     

    Remember the old bulletin-boards where anyone could put up a post in a section. This is similar. Some nasty perps posted some encrypted messages to a subgroup (or subreddit). The messages, when decoded were real-time instructions for the botnet.

     

    Implying that reddit was responsible for the botnet is like implying Google is responsible for the celebrity pictures or that BitTorrent is responsible for piracy or TOR is responsible for, well, everything on the net (or blaming email for phishing).

     

    If you have a system where anything may be posted with little oversight then you have to expect some things to be posted that are inappropriate or scams. When the C&C mechanism was discovered, the subreddit was removed.

  • Reply 4 of 5
    john.b wrote: »

    iOS, if not jailbroken, is very very difficult to infect with any kind of malware so the fact that THIS reddit is launching an official app may just be a good thing.
  • Reply 5 of 5
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    Originally Posted by Disturbia View Post



    Paid for the pro version couple of years ago. The best out there, obviously!



    On another note, accessing YouTube with Jasmine from same folk. No spyware included unlike freaking google version!

     

     

    I love(d) Jasmine on my iPad but it's not working properly for me in iOS 8.  It hasn't been updated in over a year and it seems to be abandoned. 

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