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LiveJournal app for Android, v. 0.4.1
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manu wrote in ljmobile

Hi all! My name is Manuel Marciales. For a long time I was creating new products in LiveJournal.com, and now in my responsibility is the whole mobile direction of the project.


I'm here with some good news. Yesterday we released the new version of the mobile app, where some critical bugs were fixed. There were some problems with data storage, but in 0.4.1. everything works correctly.


According to our information the app crashed after opening, loading comments or uploading userpic. These bugs were fixed. Besides that userpics are now displayed correctly and there are some changes in friends page and journal page view.


Please know that we are aware of any errors and bugs in the existing application. The next year (second quarter roughly) we'll release a new application for iOS and Android - it turned out that it's easier to write a new app than to fix all existing bugs. I'll announce the new app in this comunity.


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Can't wait for the new Android app! Excited about that kind of stuff.

So am I!
We hope you won't be disappointed.

how to view post with many images? tap to view each?

Yeah, that's quite annoying, even with only one pic per post. In the course of reading your friends page you have to keep tapping constantly. Would be nice if they just loaded automatically and you could just scroll nicely and see everything that's not behind a cut.

it turned out that it's easier to write a new app than to fix all existing bugs

I'm sure this isn't symptomatic of the CADT model of software engineering, although I've always been a believer in the power of code that is 95pc there and already shipping,

The problem with Android LJ App is that it was not in-house dev.
Also iOS and Android development have had different managment teams, separate bug trackings, different requirements, etc.
Current approach means that we will have one management team for all applications (and it's not only LJ App, but the whole mobile story for the next year - it's huge actually and I will write a post here after new year).
We have iOS App as reference and Android as catch-up (because of difficulties in Android development, thanks to Google) with the same feature list, similar UIx, one QA team and shared bug tracker, etc., etc.

Thank you, will try it again

Unable to post a private/group entry.

Thank you for the heads-up.
I'm looking forward to getting the new Android app!

заяебись, че

Edited at 2012-12-29 10:35 am (UTC)

Тащемта да например, чо уж.

Edited at 2012-12-29 09:23 pm (UTC)

I will try it again, but you didn't mention a bug I hated the most... when the "post" or "add comment" button is just disabled for no reason. Might not be an app problem, the web client "new version" does this to my iPad too.

Yep, annoying. But not stability critical. Will check it right after new year vacation though.

The app cannot handle polls with pictures practically at all

Thank you for fixing the constant crashing issue. I'm looking forward to seeing the future development of the Android app; it's been neglected for far too long, in my opinion!

Thank you! Looking forward to bothe android & iOS.

Excellent! Since I downloaded the LJ app to my iPhone, it's handled roughly 90% of my LJ interactions, so improvements are welcomed with glee! Suffice to say you've been doing a fairly good job so far.

Congratulations and good luck on your new position!

Thanks!

And by the way - new LJ App is not the only application we will release next year.
For example, approximately in 1-1.5 months we will send to Apple and Google new application for approval. It will be working as one journal - one application and some parts of it will be used in the new upcoming LJ App (e.g. new commenting system). It's a long story and not as strange as it seems on the first sight, so I will describe it in this community soon.

Could it not display random bits of text before you open the full entry, particularly when you've put stuff behind a cut tag? That'd be awesome. Also, if when you tapped to load more, it didn't say something to you in Russian, I would like that. Your iPhone app is fairly competent; why is the Android app so poor in comparison?

We will fix up text displaying in future releases if there will be enough time for it. Localicalization problems will be fixed too.

Is there any way to enable images to load automatically on the Android app, like they do on the iOS app?

It could be made for futere release.

How about fixing the fact that there are prompts in russian?

Yep, will be fixed soon.

I have a Google Nexus 7 where the LJ app works very poorly, if you want to call it working. My Ipad works ok, but where are my list of memories? I didn't know either existed until last evening. I downloaded both and was excited until I tried using them. BTW, I had no problems getting into LJ through the Safari and the Google search engines. Thanks for your efforts, I will periodically check on both apps until both of us have mastered it.

Edited at 2012-12-29 04:32 pm (UTC)

If you'd like to make an note of a huge bug in the iOS app. If you have a bluetooth keyboard, you cannot type an entry....oh you can type it, but then you have to turn off hte keyboard to enable the post button. It seems that the post button cannot work if the bluetooth is enabled.
Quite frustrating when you try to make an entry.

thanks

Nice case, by the way. QA team now demands bluetooth keyboards. Will try to find one right after new year. Seriously.

Are you able to reply to a comment now? i've only ever been able to reply to a post. The likelihood of being able to post a picture is small as well.

Could it also please automatically capitalize words at the beginning of sentences?


How about a very essential function like "share post" via email ???

1. I want to see "view in browser" button for each post (leading yo the full version of the site)
2. I want links in posts to open in browser, not in the app

Under the "my journal" tab it says to "pull down to refresh". This "pull down" feature does not work. I now have a "2" for some reason (I am guessing 2 drafts) that I can't delete because I can't get it to refresh. Ideas? I'm using an iPad BTW......

This new app, while fixing the buggy things, still has the same major problems. For instance, this is the third time I have typed this comment. The first time was on my phone with the new app which I could not submit because there was not submit or post button. The second time was on my tablet which presented the same problems. So I am back to going through the browser.

It still does not have the capacity to read or send messages. This is the thing that I am most interested in doing while I am out and wanted to access LJ on my phone.

Is it possible to get the app to allow viewing of older posts? On my HTC Thunderbolt, I can only view the 12 most recent posts of my friends' list. I would like to be able to see more than that because my friend updates quite frequently and don't want to miss a post while I am away from a computer.

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