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Nov 3, 2020 8:17 PM
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Following our early testing on iOS (which had some hiccups), I am happy to announce that our official apps are now available on both Android & iOS!

But wait!

Before you rush to download them, I'd like to explain a few things in advance...

  1. This is only the first phase of the app. If we waited to release until we had added every feature on the website, then it would have been many more months before launch. We wanted to get the foundation into your hands ASAP.

  2. This means that many features are currently missing, but will be added with time. Our current high-priority list includes (in unspecific order):
    • Dark theme/mode
    • Manga + Manga Lists
    • Anime List Sorts/Filters

    If you agree or disagree with this list, let us know below. We will be reading all replies to this thread, even if we aren't commenting on each one.

  3. To use the app, you need a minimum of:
    • Android 8.0
    • iOS 13 iOS 12

    Due to high demand, we will be expanding this to include iOS 12. If all goes well, we expect that release to be ready by end November.

  4. NSFW/Hentai/R18 anime are currently unable to be searched in the app or viewed on your list. Since iOS/the App Store will not allow this under its terms of use and we designed both apps to work the same, this applies to both versions. In the future, we will consider whether to treat the Android app separately after reviewing the Google Play terms more thoroughly and considering user demand when compared to other missing features.


Now that the details are out of the way... Let's get the app!

  


Update December 2
The iOS app has been updated and will now work for iOS 12+! If you were waiting for this release, please check it out~
Modified by Kineta, Dec 2, 2020 12:25 PM
 
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Nov 3, 2020 8:24 PM
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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.
marcospampixxx said:
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.
Modified by grin3671, Nov 10, 2020 5:49 AM
Manga DB Modification, still not approved:
Dec 2020, Nov 2020, Older.
 
 
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Nov 3, 2020 8:27 PM
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ITS HERE
 
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Nov 3, 2020 8:30 PM
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Thank you!! I am glad its finally here. Can't wait to try it. Glad to see dark mode is also considered!
DELIVERY Thank you to my fellow elf(HallowsIvy) for this forum set :)
 
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Just tried the android app. Looks good but takes a few more seconds to get the data.

Especially love the addition of statistics in the anime page.
 
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Thanks! This app is very nice looking and helpful. I am a big fan of the home page and the updates it has ^^





So, you were running away.
And you rejected the others around you,
so there was no chance that you would ever be hurt.
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Nov 3, 2020 8:48 PM

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The long awaited app is finally here -,-
I really like the app interface...but it works kinda slow. I'm not sure if it's because of my internet connection or smth else
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Hopefully we can get forums in the app without redirecting out of the app and into safari (for ios)

Having the app as a true replacement for the mobile web version would be a blessing

The UI looks great and the app looks sleek and new!

 
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grin3671 said:
Lol, I'm stuck on Android 7 so I will continue to use web ver.
same, atleast take it down one more version.
 
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:22 PM
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Why not star from low android,
So i use the web
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:25 PM
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there are problems with error 400 with loging in
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:25 PM
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Kushal2021 said:
same, atleast take it down one more version.

There are a lot of improvements (include security) in Android API that devs may like use in app. Don't blame them.
Manga DB Modification, still not approved:
Dec 2020, Nov 2020, Older.
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:28 PM

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Thank you!!! Lovin the app so far
 
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:31 PM

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Pretty nice to have it after the delay, already having issues with it but im sure all will be resolved in time.
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:33 PM
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grin3671 said:
Lol, I'm stuck on Android 7 so I will continue to use web ver.

Same. Damn!!!!!! 😭😭😭

Well we have manga+ecchi which app user won’t get 😅 😏
 
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Nov 3, 2020 9:50 PM
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I've been using it on my IOS for a while now, I'd say it's good. It's missing some features that the web browser has. looking forward to updates!
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:50 PM
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Can you add the feature to sort list by score?
 
Nov 3, 2020 9:52 PM
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Thank you!!!
 
 
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MAL delivering? what year is this? 2020 being more weird /s
 
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I Agree, it would be great if there was a dark mode.

My advice, which is to be able to see other users profiles in the application, and that's all from me.

I am using the ios version, btw
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Nov 3, 2020 10:17 PM
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Yay!! I like the title page design!!

 
Nov 3, 2020 10:32 PM
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I install the app... And it's looks good.. User friendly interface and all... But the thing is it's kinda slow I know for sure that my internet connection is fine.. so yeah that's that... Overall it's a good app..👍👍🥰🥰
 
Nov 3, 2020 10:51 PM
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Looks good so far. Looking forward to the dark mode and the other functions yet to come.

Blessed by Bunnyama. <3
 
 
Nov 3, 2020 10:53 PM

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YESS ITS hERe I hope they get dark mode soon

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Nov 3, 2020 11:08 PM
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Amazing! I just put a review and 5stars
 
Nov 3, 2020 11:28 PM
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Great!
 
Nov 3, 2020 11:37 PM
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Nice!!
 
Nov 3, 2020 11:39 PM

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Wow nice thou I think I'll keep using the web version cause I'm quite attached to it.
 
 
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nice app, kinda slow but hope it gets faster in next update. also a tab for "friends" would be appreciated and something like friends activity. but still a cool app.
 
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Thx God i can just download the app via google play, n don't need to install it via apk 😆

But i most probably will never use the app until it has the same or more capabilites than the web version... 😋

Try reading Spy x Family Manga ^_^
U will love it, i promise...
 
 
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I am using an Android 7 device but it works fine, maybe because my device is rooted, so just try it
 
Nov 4, 2020 12:04 AM

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Somebody post a direct apk download link.
 
Nov 4, 2020 12:16 AM
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Its a bit slow
 
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Will you guys make available the apk too or on Huawei app gallery ? Some people don't have Google play 😶

 
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I think you should put the manga list at the top
 
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Very good app so far. It's a bit buggy sometimes, but it's understandable. I've only been using it for a couple minutes but here are the most important things that I feel are missing :

.the ability to click on a show's poster and see it fullscreen(the images could be higher res too)

.being able to search your list

.We need an in app browser or have the news feature, the episode discussions feature and all features that take you to your browser Integrated with the app (don't know if that's possible but that would be nice)
A in app browser would do it honestly
- don't wanna get taken out to my web browser everytime I click on a news or when i want to discuss an episode.

It'd be nice to have an option to filter the news/stats/articles with read and unread so I can choose weather I want to see everything or if I just want to see unread stuff

. And finally, but one of the most important things for me is i want to see a forums section. I spend a lot of time on forums, sometimes just scrolling through, others I engage with posts, point being is i really like to spend time on these forums. All of them, the general anime and manga forums and the specific discussion for a series ones(i forget what it's called). But yeah super important future that is missing.
All in all it's a great app so far, but it has the potential to be much better.

Also now that I'm thinking about it maybe your profile should be the home screen and the current home screen should be moved to where the profile is now. another user commented below about an option to choose the starting home screen. This would be good. Better than forcibly changing the home screen to your profile


That's it for me for now, I'll post new replies as time goes on. Peace🔥
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Loving the app so far! One feature that I’d like to see is being able to get back to the top of the screen by tapping the bottom icons instead of scrolling back up. Thank you for your hard work! (*´∇`*)
 
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Why limit the user of android by restricting it to 8.0 version in the first place? It's not a wise move. At least expand the support up to Android 6.0
 
 
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Lovely, been waiting for this. Best of luck on working on this.
 
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Shirase-san said:
I Agree, it would be great if there was a dark mode.

My advice, which is to be able to see other users profiles in the application, and that's all from me.

I am using the ios version, btw

Yeah this would be great
 
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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.
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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.

Thanks!
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Nov 4, 2020 1:39 AM
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Can't believe it's real, been waiting for the mobile app
 
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Even though the app is just official, it already has great features and it's easier to fill in the anime list! Arigatou Gozaimasu 🙏
 
Nov 4, 2020 1:55 AM
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Thank you so much , have been waiting for this and its finally here thank goodness android 9.0.
 
Nov 4, 2020 2:03 AM
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It works fine!
 
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Thank you, it is a big step forward!
 
 
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Redo-Master said:
I have Android 5 on my phone and hence its unavailable for me in my play store.... but I downloaded it from other sites it works perfectly....
link of the site please or name
 
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