Reddit Rolls Out Customizable News Tab to Most Users of its Official iOS App

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:08 AM PDT by Tim Hardwick

Reddit has announced the rollout of its customizable News tab feature to most users of its iOS app. After limited alpha testing of the tab over the last few weeks, Reddit says it has acted on feedback and introduced enough improvements for the next beta phase of testing to reach a wider audience.

The News tab appears to the left of the Home and Popular tabs, and brings together content from community subreddits that frequently share and engage with news. Content is divided into topics like Politics, Sports, and Technology, and users can further customize them to show only the subtopics they're most interested in.

You told us you wanted more granular news topics (not just Sports but Baseball specifically), so we've introduced subtopics for you to personalize your News tab and notifications. You all told us you want to be able to see how different communities are talking about the same story. So, we are developing a community pivot feature that will show you multiple threads from different communities on the same article.

Reddit says it has set guidelines for the communities that filter into the experience, as well as the post type (posts titles must reflect the article title, for example). The News tab is also coming to desktop later this summer, and Reddit plans to continue to expand the communities that appear in the News tab in the third quarter of this year.

The Reddit app is a free download available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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23 months ago
First they need to roll out an app that’s as good as Apollo.
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23 months ago

I’ve heard lots of people saying Apollo is better. Having only used the official reddit app and being completely satisfied...what makes Apollo better?

Built by iOS developer to be compliant with iOS app guidelines. Gesture controls. No ads (that I’ve seen). I do miss the swiping between the home/popular tabs from the Reddit app. Just give it a try and see how you like it. There’s a free version and a pro version for 2.99 which includes bonuses such as custom icons, custom gestures, and automatic transitions into dark mode.

But mostly because the news tab on the original app is horrendous and such an eyesore.
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23 months ago
“The news tab appears to the left” no kidding
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23 months ago

I’ve heard lots of people saying Apollo is better. Having only used the official reddit app and being completely satisfied...what makes Apollo better?

Everything. It’s like, Apollo is an App how Steve wanted it to be if Reddit were his.
No seriously, you can change an many settings. You can even theme the logo lol.
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23 months ago
I hate how reddit constantly harasses you to sign in with every new page load. If I wanted to sign in, I would Reddit. Hopefully it won’t start bugging me about downloading a news app I don’t want.
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23 months ago

First they need to roll out an app that’s as good as Apollo.

I’ve heard lots of people saying Apollo is better. Having only used the official reddit app and being completely satisfied...what makes Apollo better?
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