I’m going to be hiring a developer to write an Android app for me - that will make my discussion forum accessible from an app. I’m also interested in working from an implementation that has already been created - as I know that a number of different people on the META forum have mentioned that they’ve developed an Android Discourse APP (and IOS app) already - but they don’t seem to be supported or maintained at any reasonable level and currently don’t seem to work.
My quick estimate from one developer was $10K for a professionally done new implementation.
I’m thinking that I’ll probably go fully Native Android - not WebView - which is more of a hassle technically since Discourse doesn’t really have a firm/fully documented and supported REST API.
My solution will be that I’ll have to freeze my Discourse server code at a given release level - and then do independent compatibility testing on a different server before I upgrade my production Discourse server.
Because this investment is coming out of my own pocket - unfortunately I won’t be able to share the code freely with the community. But - if a few other people want to kick in a few thousand dollars towards the development effort (of course I’m also open to ongoing input regarding design considerations) - I would be willing to sublicense the App code to those few other people who want to put some significant money up towards the app.