Some Questions about Android App.



  • First of all, thank you for all you have done.
    In my opinion, NodeBB is really fantastic,I've been using it.

    Then I found an Android client in GitHub,https://github.com/ReyKoxha/nodebb-webview
    But it has some bugs,it can't click and upload picture,Otherwise it will force close.
    I can't Repair it.

    So is there a better alternative?
    Be deeply grateful!


  • Community Rep

    No, not at this time. An app would not be useful when the site is down, and the site works fine in mobile. What is the goal of an app?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    What is the goal of an app?

    For me and my users it would be very good. 85-90% of my users are on mobile and a lot of them want an app to get notifications when they have a new (chat)message, upvote or reply on their topic/post and want easy access to NodeBB without using the browser.

    A few users did go to reddit because they have a few apps with notifications and stuff like that.

    It's sad to say but today people want apps, because 1. it's easy, 2. people got wishes (like notification alerts and stuff like that) and 3. people are lazy (really) everything needs to be accessable with one or two clicks... starting webbroswer... oh man...

    It's hard to keep (new) people on your community in an era where 80-90% uses tablet or smartphone.


  • Community Rep

    @MJ probably depends on the community type. As a professional site, we've had very little talk about that, and mostly it is a desire for the web client to be improved for mobile, rather than a dedicated app. Most apps are just containers for a web interface anyway. NodeBB isn't super robust as a messaging platform, I don't imagine too many people are really looking at is as a performant chat replacement system. But perhaps my experience is just heavily skewed, and much older as a lot of our community was established years ago.



  • @scottalanmiller I think it is what kind of people are on the community. The generation of people who are used to work with apps and grew up with mobile phones never touched a computer or laptop because it is (here in The Netherlands) not in every house, while Smartphones and tablets are in every house. Even on schools they mostly don't use PC's or laptops but tablets.

    I'm 32 years old. Have worked with almost everything from C64 / MS-DOS era till Win10 and from Android 3.1 (of.2) till Android 8.x but people who not have grew up with computers and skipped the part where you had to do something before something worked (like MS-DOS) are a little bit lazy and want just click click and it must work, otherwise you will lose against some subreddit or facebookpage or something that does have an app that will awake them in the middle of the night 😛

    Sorry if it's not good written, I'm not very good at english and most of the things are literally from Dutch to English translated.

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    @MJ said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    I think it is what kind of people are on the community. The generation of people who are used to work with apps and grew up with mobile phones never touched a computer or laptop because it is (here in The Netherlands) not in every house, while Smartphones and tablets are in every house. Even on schools they mostly don't use PC's or laptops but tablets.

    We have many young users, from all over the world. But they all use PCs, because tablets and phones can't be used for the kind of professional work that we do. Our users are mostly posting from work.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    @MJ said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    I think it is what kind of people are on the community. The generation of people who are used to work with apps and grew up with mobile phones never touched a computer or laptop because it is (here in The Netherlands) not in every house, while Smartphones and tablets are in every house. Even on schools they mostly don't use PC's or laptops but tablets.

    We have many young users, from all over the world. But they all use PCs, because tablets and phones can't be used for the kind of professional work that we do. Our users are mostly posting from work.

    Our 'young' users are in the age 13 - 17 years and only work with phones/tablets on school. It starts here from the age of 20 prople have computers and laptops.


  • Community Rep

    @MJ said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    @MJ said in Some Questions about Android App.:

    I think it is what kind of people are on the community. The generation of people who are used to work with apps and grew up with mobile phones never touched a computer or laptop because it is (here in The Netherlands) not in every house, while Smartphones and tablets are in every house. Even on schools they mostly don't use PC's or laptops but tablets.

    We have many young users, from all over the world. But they all use PCs, because tablets and phones can't be used for the kind of professional work that we do. Our users are mostly posting from work.

    Our 'young' users are in the age 13 - 17 years and only work with phones/tablets on school. It starts here from the age of 20 prople have computers and laptops.

    Very different from us with only professional users (or students nearly their professional status on the younger side.)



  • Thank you for your reply,I understand what you mean,and I am very much in favor.
    NodeBB has a good experience on the web side.

    I prefer to know how to fix it because most people in my place prefer a client and they think it is convenient.😞


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