Reddit’s updates for the January 6-19 period have been highlighted by improving the avatars and redesigning the notification experience.
The basic technology behind avatars has been updated to make them more scalable, safer, and give them better telemetry.
This allows Redditors to, for example, change the color of their beard without changing the color of their hair, or hold something in their right hand without picking up what they are holding in their left hand.
Profile pictures and avatars already available for Android and the mobile web were added for the desktop, followed by iOS.
And new fashions and accessories have been released for avatars to ring in 2021.
Reddit has also started rolling out a new notification inbox that contains profile and community pictures, as well as the ability to hide and manage notifications inline.
The platform said it was rolled out to around 5% of users by Tuesday.
Once Redditors are on the new version, they can control inbox notifications and emails they receive from Android, desktop, iOS and the mobile web.
Android and desktop redditors can now sign in or log into their accounts using magic links sent to their email addresses so they can access it with one click. This function was already available for iOS.
Another feature that was already available on iOS and has been extended to Android, desktop and the mobile web: New Redditors can select more detailed subtopics that they are interested in.
Reddit also runs an A / B test where the best sorting of comment threads prioritizes comments with high upvote ratios in order to get high quality comments the attention they deserve.
The award sheet for posts and comments was different than the one for live video, and Reddit cleaned that up to make everyone the same.
Reddit will be running a limited test over the next two weeks, offering unsubscribed Redditors various offers and rewards on the mobile web for the first time they download the Reddit application and sign up. This test is conducted on 25% of mobile web users.
Redditors who have not yet verified their accounts will be reminded of this via a rejectable banner on iOS.
Finally, Reddit detailed various bug fixes on its blog post.