Over the past 16 months, I’ve been working on Dank, a Reddit app for Android as my side project. I know what you’re thinking — another Reddit app? Don’t we have enough already? Sure. There are already a brazilian number of apps out there with Sync, Boost, Relay, Slide and reddit-is-fun being the most popularly used ones.
(The official app is so bad, I’m not even counting it.)
So why am I doing this?
First, working on side projects help me explore Android. The kind of companies uncommon works usually have a large userbase, forcing them to take conservative design decisions for the average user.
Second, After wasting effort on a couple of failed side projects, I have realised that I can only create something I will personally want to use. Considering that I’ve been wasting my time watching cat videos actively participating in high-quality discussions on Reddit for 7 years now, this felt like a good idea.
I think I can offer something different with Dank. It is almost ready for v1-beta, but its typography needs to be improved before it can be pushed to the Play Store. I will publish another blog post once that is done. For now, all I can tell you is that Dank,
- is primarily gesture driven.
- does not have more settings than Android itself in the name of customizability.
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Update: The app is live.
I’d also like to make it clear that I’m not aiming to compete with the existing apps in terms of feature. For a website that looks so simple, Reddit actually has a pretty large feature set and the creators of Relay (u/DBrady) and Sync (u/ljdawson) have done a fantastic job on offering covering them. I don’t think I’m going to be able to catch-up any time soon. But what I am sure is that I can offer a fresh experience.