Vibrant for Android is a Reddit media browser

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 11, 2014
Apps, Google Android

Picture and video subreddits are probably the most popular groups on the site these days. Whenever you check the site's frontpage without being signed in to an account, you will notice that the majority of items listed there are pictures.

While you have lots of options to browse pictures or videos on Reddit, for instance in your web browser of choice, with browser extensions such as Reddit Enhancement Suite or mobile apps for various devices, there is always room for specialized applications.

Reddit Vibrant is such an application for Android. The free application concentrates on Reddit's media offerings and provides you with an interface to browse as many or as little groups on the site as you want in an interface optimized for just that.

When you start the application it displays a selection of popular image and video posts on its frontpage. You can scroll down for as long as you want to browse media that is popular on the site right now or up to refresh the selection.

A tap on the settings button displays a selection if popular image or video related subreddits that you can add to that selection. It offers direct access to popular groups such as aww, pics, videos or funny and about 50 or so more subreddits, but also customization options that you can use to add any other subreddit to the app so that it is displayed on the frontpage.

Click on the search icon to start adding your own groups. You cannot add them directly but need to search for them to add them to your list of favorites group that are displayed by the application.

Note that it is necessary to sign in to the app or create an account if you want to add one of the preset groups or custom groups using the built-in search functionality of the application.

It is however possible to browse any group by tapping on it instead of the favorites icon that is displayed next to it.

The app blocks NSFW contents (that are flagged this way) by default which you can change once you tap on a NSFW post displayed by the app. The video or picture is replaced by text unless you enable the option with a tap.

Media contents can be sorted in various ways. You can switch from hot as the sort option to new, rising or top instead at any time.

You can display the comments, up-vote or down-vote posts or leave a comment if you are signed in to your account. Other options include to download the media, save the post to your account or open the thread or the comments in a browser instead.


If you go to Reddit for images or videos, then you may like the application as it provides you with a great interface to browse a preset selection of subreddits or a custom selection if you sign in to your account.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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