[Update Dec 2] Android & iOS Apps (Phase 1) Are Here!
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Lol, I'm stuck on Android 7 so I will continue to use web ver.
Upd2. Due to high demand, I hope devs team will consider adding support the lesser versions of Android someday.
But.. Looks like it's not app, but completely WebView mask. There are no OAuth authorization, but notify about cookies and reCAPTCHA. No smooth UX inherent to native apps. I'm glad to be wrong. I'm glad. I hope this app will have a great future.
Since I'm not good at English, I just quote a user with I fully agree.
Well... I must be clear, you're wasting resources and time.
I am a full stack developer and I know when an application is made using Ionic or any webview wrapper, and I find this wrong in 2020.
The reason I think so is due to Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) being way more flexible and convenient:
1. PWAs must be single page web apps.
2. PWAs can be installed by the browser, they can work offline so.
3. PWAs do have enough freedom.
4. One codebase for all, no filthy fees over stores, instantly updated.
While I've been objective untill now, personally, I'm upset with apps being just webviews, they usually take more space, and are slow as hell on older devices..
I hope these words may interests MAL's devs.
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Same issue 😭
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After using the app on Android 9 for a bit, here is some feedback. I only really care about the list feature and entry pages and I'm basically completely ignorant on software development, so besr with me.
First of all, the app timeouts at times and it's not my connection. Especially when visiting the tabs the first time I had to restart the app or refresh for stuff to appear. Weirdly enough, my list got loaded even though it said timeout.
On the point of the list, for some reason it refreshes everytime I go to a category of the list. I guess it's to look for changes but wouldn't it be better to refresh once for all categories? Especially since the All category gets refreshed too. I noticed this also happens with all the other tabs, which makes the app overall less smooth.
I'm not sure how this works so I'm going to describe this in noob terms but it seems like accessing Notifications overlays the app with a page? Maybe someone else can comment on this better but it feels clunky, if that's the right word.
Another feature that might be a good idea to implement is the option to pick a default tab/menu the app starts on, like directly showing the list when starting the app. Not the highest priority but might be a good idea to implement.
One small criticism for the anime pages: separating lines to distinguish the different sections like description, reviews etc. would do a lot for visibility. Also, maybe it's just me, but aren't the cover images low res?
Everything else is fine. The only big problems imo are the issues with timeouts and refreshes (maybe those aren't even refreshes but look like that).
I forgot to add that it's a good idea to seperate iOS and Android versions even if it means more effort simply because the app feels incomplete in terms of the database, if you exclude the culturally significant artpieces from search. Not to mention that not an insignificant portion of the userbase watches those anime.
Modified by boii, Nov 4, 2020 1:16 AM
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Joined: Mar 2018
So far I've been absolutely enjoying the app. I find it even better than the 2018 beta app I'd been using.
Although, I'd like to suggest that a tag which shows the status of the anime/manga in my list (similar to the small bookmark-like tags of colors indicating whether the I'm watching/planned/put on hold/dropped/completed the anime/manga, in the old app) is visible on the cover/key visual of every anime/manga seen in the search section, so it's convenient and avoids unnecessary steps and double-checking.
Other than that, I've noticed some jumping in the list when I'm scrolling my list, when it refreshes the list every time I exit out of an anime page, for some reason.
But nonetheless, the team has done a pretty good job with this app, this time around and I'm looking forward to more features (especially manga database) being added to the app to make it a full fledged experience.
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