Requirements to run the Android App


(Daniela) #4

A [quote=“codinghorror, post:3, topic:52762”]
We will definitely fix this, but we’re curious why any device with Android 4.2+ would not already have Chrome on it, as it is supposed to be included with all recent Android operating systems.

Galaxy S2 I9100 with android 4.1.2 …

(Jeff Atwood) #5

Ok so your current device is on Android 4.1?

That’s… not good

Current android version distribution stats say

4.1.x is 5%, 4.2.x is 7%, 4.3x is 2% since they don’t break it down individually…

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #6

But you can install Chrome if you want right? Or it doesn’t even install?

(Daniela) #7

Sure, I installed Chrome and all works ok. The problem is that the app should tell me “hey idiot, you need Chrome to run this app” and not only close the app with an error :stuck_out_tongue:

Not all the new or recent devices have Chrome preinstalled and/or someone can remove it preferring other browsers.

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #8

So the fix @sam is doing will tell you that, so this will be covered. Thanks for the info!

(Stefano Costa) #9

See also this “bug report”:

(Jeff Atwood) #10

Yeah looks like you can remove Chrome on some devices, even if they are 4.4 or later (the version where Chrome became bundled).

(Sam Saffron) #11

I bumped our reqs up to API version 18 and up.

(Nukeador) #12

Is there a way to make it work without Chrome? I don’t want Chrome in my phone.

(Joshua Rosenfeld) #13

No, that is not possible. The app will not work without Chrome Stable:

(Pad Pors) #14

Sorry for my confusion, but are the Android and IOS app for meta.discourse, or are they also available for other forums using discourse forum?

is the installation something like this: Add to homescreen banner on Android ?

If they are available to other forums as well, is there any howto for setting them up?

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #15

You just download the app, and then add any Discourse forum by the URL.

(Nikos Roussos) #16

So I need to install a browser to use an native app. That doesn’t sound like a good design choice.

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #17

Who said it’s native? The main drive was getting push notifications of multiple boards, in a way that worked on iOS and Android.

Why is there a Discourse app?
(Nikos Roussos) #18

Whatever gets installed as an App outside a browser it’s native on people’s perception, regardless the underlying technology.

(Joshua Rosenfeld) #19

Outside of a few apps (looking at you Facebook) most apps on Android rely on Chrome or Android WebView (which relies on Chrome). Why should an app come with a custom browser when phones already come with perfectly good browsers?

(Nikos Roussos) #20

That’s not true. I don’t have Chrome installed and never an app complained about that. Android WebView and Chrome are not the same thing.

Yes, but that’s not always Chrome. Not all Android phones come with Chrome preinstalled.

(Joshua Rosenfeld) #21

I can’t seem to get access to the GMS documentation, but any phone that comes with the Google Play Store installed will have Chrome: Android – Google Mobile Services. I believe that has been the case since at least Android 5, maybe earlier.

Didn’t say they were the same thing. I’ve never tried uninstalling Chrome, I was assuming it was necessary from the Play Store description of WebView which says “powered by Chrome”.

Regardless, I already tried asking about the browser restriction (I prefer Chrome Beta), and @sam said it will not be changing.

(Mans) #22

where should one get the app for our forum? is it available on google play?

Also, does it need to be activated for a specific forum or does it happen automatically after forum upgrade to latest?

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #23

The forum needs to be on latest, and you can add it trough the app.