The famous online community Reddit is currently making preparations for a mobile website by testing a beta version of an Android app. It is the first step before the official launch of the app at the beginning of 2016.
Reddit users who want to take part in this test will have to report any bugs and answer a series of questions about the app so that it can be stabilized and become available to the general public "within a month or two," say Reddit management.
Reddit, which describes itself as the internet's front page, has had a lively 2015, including the resignation of its CEO after a massive revolt by moderators who demanded more transparency from the site's management. More generally, Reddit's moderators are unhappy about a lack of communication and clarity from the people in charge of the site. Lately, Reddit has created a confusing picture by aiming to be more politically correct by fighting against abusive content and harassment, without banning all the hateful forums.
If that were not enough, this dissatisfaction comes at a time when Reddit is asking questions about how it is going to make money. In addition to its Reddit Gold option which provides ad-free access to the site at a cost of $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year, the site is planning to create an ad-financed video service.
The website also wants to increase its mobile internet activity following its 2014 acquisition of Alien Blue which is now used as its official app for iOS.
Reddit, which was launched in 2005, says the site now has around 200 million active users each month.