In a move certain to delight cat, GIF, and meme lovers everywhere, image host Imgur took the wraps off its official app for Android today. In beta for several months, the application allows Imgur users – “Imgurians” – to browse, upload, and manage pictures and galleries. The search feature allows for fairly granular sorting, including filters for date, specific photo libraries, and Reddit subreddits. And all the standard social features, like commenting and points, are present.
Despite the improvements, a number of users are unhappy with Imgur’s introduction of ads to the service. The decision makes sense from an economic standpoint: according to PC Mag, Imgur mobile usage grew from 7 percent of users in January 2011 to 30 percent this year. Understandably, the company wishes to cash in on its runaway success. Hopefully, Imgur can strike a balance between revenue-producing sponsored spots and good user experience.