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AndroidPIT app v2.2 released: the Community Edition

Good things come to those who wait. This old adage also applies to version 2.2 of our AndroidPIT app, which, after a long period of development, is finally seeing the light of day. Version 2.2 brings many improvements, including many features specifically requested by our community.

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The last major update of our app appeared in early February, but since then we've been working hard on the current release. Many requests from the community have been implemented, for example, to set the preferred default home page in the app, one of the most requested features.

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In version 2.2 you can set your preferred start page for the app. / © AndroidPIT

Another important function that version 2.2 receives is login via Facebook. Many of our users use Facebook to sign up with us and to log into the website, but until now they couldn't log into the app with the same credentials. This was, of course, very annoying but we're pleased to announce the latest update now adds Facebook login.

Here's the complete list of changes :

  • Data Sync is now managed by Android, which means that a new Permission is required
  • Facebook login
  • Nested comments
  • Thumbs up/down, editing of comments
  • Start screen of the app can be set
  • New design for the reviews
  • Number of views are shown in the forums overviews
  • Quotes in the forum now with Markdown
  • More information while browsing the forum categories
  • Pull-to-Refresh throughout the app

As you can see, we have included a lot of new functions in this release. The length of this list unfortunately meant that we missed our projected release date. But we've learned a lesson: in the future, we will try to implement fewer features per release, so we can update more often and bring new features online as quickly as possible.

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The same clean look remains (left), but we've now added nested comments (right) / © AndroidPIT

What's next?

When is the dark theme coming?

The answer is "soon." We can not give you an exact time frame unfortunately, but rest assured it is already in development. One of the main reasons why it has not yet been published, among other things, is the menu of the app, which will be reviewed in the next update and redesigned. To avoid the necessity of adjusting the Dark UI twice (current menu/new menu), we decided to push back the release a little to complete the new menu in tandem with the Dark UI.

When is the next update?

You will definitely not have to wait as long for the next update! The intervals between future updates will be shorter because we will focus on publishing more frequent updates with fewer features, rather than making you wait until everything is done.

When will I receive the update?

It has been uploaded already and will automatically update via the Google Play Store. But, as always, it takes a little while for updates to filter out to everyone, so be patient, it is on its way! If you don't already have the app, you can install it below.

AndroidPIT: Apps, News, Forum Install on Google Play

So tell us your thoughts on the new app features and share your requests with us too!

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  • My1 May 23, 2014 Link to comment

    this App REALLY needs a multi-langual integration, as of now you can only use one language at a time -> annoying as long as the (completely bugged) APit Store isnt updated (which doesnt seem like a priority right now, contrary, they are completely focused on the Play app)

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      Hi Phillip, what would be a better multi-lingual support for you? I think you're the first asking for that feature. Why do you think it's relevant for most users?

      • My1 May 23, 2014 Link to comment

        The point is that you can have only one language active at a time meaning that you can only have a cache and notifications of one language at a time...

        One Idea would be that you get a check box list where you select your languages and at the news, forum etc main pages you can swipe left/right for the languages, similar to the page switching in tapatalk. News will be cached and you will be notified for tge languages you selected and so on.

        I NEVER stated that that would be relevant for most users, but users who can speak multiple languages can get more news easier that way.

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        Oh, sorry, I misunderstood. Since you said the "app REALLY needs" I assumed you thought it was a very important feature. Implementing caching for more than one language at the same time would not be very difficult but adding UI support for multiple languages would require a major restructure in the app and, for obvious reasons, that's not the priority right now. I'm sure you understand that. The most important thing now is to make sure that you don't need to use the website for anything. There are a lot of features that are not possible in the app that force the user to use the website. For example, I had to come to the website to subscribe to this article to know when you reply, so I need to implement that feature for 2.3 for sure!

      • My1 May 23, 2014 Link to comment

        That's true as well, the point with the really was since the APit store, which I use for German is completely bugged, e.g. When I opened a news and ended the app with home and open up another one via notification, it won't load until the app is restarted. And since it is play only it is rather hard to get the apk and decompile it just to change the package name and recompile it, also I'm pretty sure that isn't allowed...

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        Why don't you use the website for German and AndroidPIT 2.2 for English or vice versa depending on which one you use the most? Now even the forum has a responsive design so I assume it's usable from the phone. The web browser already does a lot of caching by itself.

      • My1 May 26, 2014 Link to comment

        well the problem is no matter how responsive a website is, it cannot send notifications and auto cache and takes long as hell to load when on slowdown.

        but one that that is annoying and that I've seen qiote plenty requested in German APit was that when clicking links on an email, that we could use the app...

  • The default view is butter! Thanks devs!

  • Definitely a great application for news and information.

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