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Preview: BaconReader Alpha

You know what guys? I almost made a major faux-pas when I went to type out this post. I mean, after writing an entire column about how “beta” was becoming a shield for developers to hide behind I almost labelled this post a review.

BaconReader is an application for browsing the website Reddit.com; while this may seem counter-intuitive to just using your phone’s browser, the app brings a lot to the table in terms of functionality and usability. It’s the same kind of thing with having a Twitter client or the “Facebook for Android” app on your phone: sure, you could use your mobile browser for that, but sometimes it just doesn’t cut it.  

At the moment, Reddit does have a mobile interface (http://www.reddit.com/.compact), and it’s quite usable. There’s also another app called Reddit is Fun that replicates that functionality with an emphasis on speed.

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However, BaconReader adds a lot of polish to its interface, making it look like Reddit paid good money to have it developed. Other features include previews of all shapes and sizes (images, YouTube, article) and management of your Reddit account. With a couple clicks you can manage incoming messages and subreddits, as well as filter the threads you want to see with a hide button.

While these might seem like really elementary features, its been hard to get this experience on a mobile app. I mean, I’ve used Reddit is Fun for awhile now, but I’ve really been converted to BaconReader because it looks like it’s more than something that was cobbled together as a part time project. It looks like it deserves to be in the Marketplace and making money; this extra effort in usability wins it points from me.

But I’m not going to go too much into that, because this isn’t a review. In reality, BaconReader’s just getting into its alpha phase right now; I signed up for initial testing awhile back, but you can register for updates at BaconReader.com.


Matt Demers is a Toronto journalist. He writes for Droid Life multiple times a week. Follow him on Twitter or his Tumblr/Portfolio!

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  • RonsterWVU

    baconreader is great…..

    But why not just use….
    http://www.i.reddit.com
    Anyway, it works great on my Droid X….

  • RonsterWVU

    baconreader is great…..

    But why not just use….
    http://www.i.reddit.com
    Anyway, it works great on my Droid X….

    • Ubustu

      I like it alright, but there’s something missing. It feels clunky and unresponsive perhaps.

  • Chris @ baconreader

    Hey, I’m the baconreader developer, just wanted to say thanks for posting! I came here to get some Android news and was surprised to see this sitting here.

    For anyone who is interested, an app update to the alpha will be rolled out this week to anyone who has signed up or does sign up at baconreader.com.

    Thanks!

    • Evan

      What’s up chris? I just signed up at your website, and i’m wondering now, when can i expect the email to test the alpha?
      Thanks from one Android dev/Redditor to another :)

    • Evan

      What’s up chris? I just signed up at your website, and i’m wondering now, when can i expect the email to test the alpha?
      Thanks from one Android dev/Redditor to another :)

    • Anonymous

      Chris, great work! I love this app. Looking forward to any and all future updates!

    • Anonymous

      Chris, great work! I love this app. Looking forward to any and all future updates!

    • http://twitter.com/djstarion Francisco Rodriguez

      Just signed up! Can’t wait to try this out

  • http://twitter.com/blakeransdell blake ransdell

    I don’t go to Reddit. It gave my phone and computer Trojans and viruses.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, your phone and computer “get around” a lot

    • http://profiles.google.com/gogatsbj Bradley Gogats

      BS

    • John

      oh please.. use common sense.

    • Anonymous

      Blame Reddit for your stupidity.

    • Private Tucker

      Completely the same, except my dog also got raped and my taxes went up.

      • RonsterWVU

        same thing happen to me… :(

      • RonsterWVU

        same thing happen to me… :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      It wasn’t Reddit’s fault, it was those sites you go to at night after the wife and kids are asleep so you can fap.

    • http://twitter.com/MrTissues Jack

      Anyone who doesn’t get the joke in this post needs to lurk Reddit moar.

    • http://twitter.com/MrTissues Jack

      Anyone who doesn’t get the joke in this post needs to lurk Reddit moar.