Grin Imgur for Windows Phone 8
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Grin is the best Imgur app for Windows Phone 8

If you’re a frequent user of Reddit then you won’t need much of an introduction to Imgur. The online image hosting service exploded in users, photos, and popularity as both Digg and Reddit grew over the past few years. They don’t have an official app for Windows Phone users, but this is one of those scenarios where a third-party developer rises to the occasion and we can’t see an official app being any better. Let’s check out Grin for Windows Phone 8.

Imgur isn’t looking to replace Flickr, 500px, or other photo networks as an image host. Instead they’ve found a particular niche in the photo storing world and have dominated. Go to the homepage of sites like Reddit and you’ll notice an overwhelming majority of all images are hosted by one site – Imgur. Believe it or not, Imgur is actually about 10 spots higher than Reddit on the Alexa web rank (if that still means anything to you).

Grin Screenshots

So how has Imgur exploded in popularity and formed a community of its own? A few years back they introduced user accounts and with the addition of things like albums, commenting, and community voting allowed the site to gain its own personality. Like Reddit, Imgur is the place to go to get a fairly good idea of what memes are currently trending on the internet. And Grin for Windows Phone is the best way for you to experience Imgur on the go. Here’s what you can do with the app:

  • Browse hot, top, new, and random categories
  • View comments
  • View albums
  • View profiles
  • Like and favorite images
  • Share images
  • Search for images
  • Upload images and albums
  • Submit to gallery

New in the latest update are subreddits, the ability to donate (the app is 100% free), and some general bug fixes.

Grin Screenshots 2

The app just plain out rocks. Its fast, doesn’t crash, and works well if you’re into using Imgur. Uploading pictures from your Windows Phone was quick and painless. Make sure you’re logged in of course to Imgur (or create an account within the app). You’re a tap or two away from browsing the images going viral in the hot, top, new and random categories. The app also includes 5 subreddits, but you can search for your favorite. Currently you can’t save your favorite subreddits to Grin, but that would make for a nice addiction in a future update.

Of course the most important feature is viewing the images. Grin does this with aplomb. Tapping an image will bring you into the main view for it. You’ll have the title up top, the image, and some contextual clues below that let you upvote, downvote and like. There is where you’ll also find how the image is doing and the comments if you scroll down. You can like or dislike comments and view the replies to that particular comment, but at the moment you yourself can’t comment yet. Tap the little white icon that looks like a picture on the bottom right and you can save the picture, view in the browser, or share it (SMS, social, email). Double tap an image to remove all that “chrome”.

Grin is completely free and has no ads. But if you go to the about page within the app you’ll be able to donate to the developer (and you really should, it’s a great little app). Imgurians can go to the Store to get the app, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

QR: Grin

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jabz9 says:

Been using this app for months, it is By far the best imgur in the store

How did I not know about this? I love Imgur. Thanks for the article, I never would have known about this!

I don't use image hosting much cause of skydrive, but i've downloaded this app "just in case" 3mb only, it will not hurt me, and if i need it someday....

Manny C says:

Looks awesome, would love to try this out!

rodneyej says:

How do you pronounce that❔

Tanmay Naik says:

Imgur is pronounced like image-er; imager.

-from imgur site FAQ

rodneyej says:

Alrighty... Thanks❕

MortalSins says:

Awesome. I got tired of using the imgur mobile site because it's garbage. I'm happy to be aware this app exists, I'll download right now!

ratkutti says:

Sam, i know what you did there, in the first picture. ;)

Wael Hasno says:

The official one is in closed beta at the moment. Will download this for now..

Hi Sam,

Thank you for such a nice review. Just one note about favorited subreddits. You can tap on star icon in search to add/remove from favorites (http://i.imgur.com/2VwmcLo.png). It's not obvious, so I will add the same button to a subreddit page in next version.

Hope this helps.

Alexander Tsoi,
Author of Grin.

Z3MN says:

Hi there! Could you publish this app in Indonesia? :)

Just pushed to additional 40 countries including Indonesia. Not sure it will pass certification though. Check it out in next couple days.

Z3MN says:

Still not available in Indonesia :/

It was rejected by microsoft. Try to change your marketplace to US, install app, and switch back to Indonesia.

Z3MN says:

Not available in Indonesia... :(

metrop021 says:

My girlfriend is a long time imgurian. So naturally the second I read this article I sent her a link to the app and here's my initial impressions: Absolutely beautiful. The developer delivered on a large set of features with high quality.  As one developer to another: Kudos brother. It's pretty much what I had in mind when I was thinking about developing an Imgur app, but done right.

clay113 says:

Finally, been waiting for a good Imgur app.  

link68759 says:

only 19 comments? This deserves more praise. Awesome app- better than the mobile site and other WP apps by far, saves gifs (properly, I hope), and also completely replaces the "imgur uploader" app I've been using, so I don't need to keep that installed.

Jazmac says:

Damn!  Did Windows Phone 8 just get better or did we just import a fresh crop of great developers? This app is real fluid on my L920.  Its probably the best I've seen yet.

AutumnFox says:

Logging in with facebook doesn't seem to work for me.

chiragxviii says:

<p>The sharing with facebook doesn&#39;t work. #userfromINDIA</p>

Fndlumia says:

Sam are you going to comic con?

Princy1 says:

Imgur is suitable app for the ones who love chatting and sharing photos .Using this one can share photos with social networks and online communities, and consistsof funny pictures from all over the Internet.Iam a windows 8 mobile developer and i always try all the new release apps and Imgur is one of my favourite

chiragxviii says:

The sharing with facebook doesn't work. #userfromINDIA