Beta testing the Android mobile app

Let’s try latest, I just tested and it says “it requires no special permissions” so yay :confetti_ball:

Turns out dependencies were making us ask for permissions we do not need, so our manifest now evicts that bad permissions.

see also:

https://github.com/facebook/react-native/issues/5886

Additionally:

  • I made it so chrome tab is a tiny bit faster by keeping a session around
  • app does not quit so often (at least in dev)

There are some glitches I know about that we will sort out next week.

Regarding @mcwumbly “I want it to load faster”, I hear you loud and clear. I saw this in action when @tgxworld was demoing the issue to me. I am unsure if chrome tabs will ever be able to cache to the degree a leaving a tab open in chrome does.

I will look at splitting up the notifications and grouping next week.

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I just did a new release today:

  • Fixes occasional blank screen on launch
  • Introduces new user api, this API defines the concept of scopes, you no longer have to grant full write access to the app.
  • Upgrades internal components
  • Fixes a case where the search field would clear after submit

note the change to the app is breaking, it will only work on the absolute latest releases of Discourse. I am deploying stuff internally now.

Overall, I feel the app is in a good enough shape to go in the app store now, our internal APIs are all good and the app is feature complete enough for a v1.

On the android front I would like to get around to notification grouping, so you can expand the group of notifications and click on each, however I don’t feel this feature is blocking.

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@sam can you confirm if this is safe to update for Stonehearth?

Yeah, I just deployed Stonehearth and the business tier.

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If the target forum contains ads, does the app render them too? If not and this app is released for the general public, that is a potential monetization leak.

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The app doesn’t render the site, Chrome does. So if you ads appear in Chrome on Android, the app doesn’t change that. The app simply provides a clean notification system for mobile, with easy direct access to the mobile version of your Discourse instance.

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@sam, I would love to test this app. Is it possible?

Thanks :slight_smile:

I’d love to have one on my android. I though to create one :slight_smile: .
Happy to found one.

I would like to sign up for beta testing the android up.

Looks awesome :thumbsup:. Any more beta invites going spare? :wink:

Hello @sam,

i want to test app, please send me invites.

Regards,
Junaid

Sorry, no more betas … going to release this in the next couple of weeks

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Great news @sam. Will both app(iOS & Android) release together? Could you please share any estimated release date. Thanks

Junaid

Does 2-8 weeks work :slight_smile:

I am hoping to get this done next week, but who knows, this is my first adventure on the app stores so it may take a bit.

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Could you also release this app to the F-Droid store, please?
Thanks.

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Please I want to test this app on my oneplus3 and iphone6 , Thanks!

Sorry, beta is closed for now, next release of android will be in the app store

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App is now on the Android store!

Feel free to open new bugs and feature requests for mobile.

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