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The Android version feels like a slower, unoptimized iPhone port #521

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Pentaphon opened this issue Apr 13, 2019 · 7 comments

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commented Apr 13, 2019

I want to enjoy Standard Notes for Android but the Android app is so slow and feels like a bad iPhone port. Can we finally get an Android app that is actually 100% Android native?

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commented Apr 13, 2019

The iOS app is not native either, it’s written in React Native and therefore not native to either iOS or Android and the codebase is shared between the two. Considering RN was chosen due to limited resources (only a single developer), I don’t think we’ll see native iOS and Android apps. Although I would love to have a native app, unfortunately, having separate codebases is a lot of extra work and isn’t realistic.

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commented Apr 13, 2019

@Pentaphon I'd have to say your outlook is highly subjective and not commonly shared amongst people that use the app.

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commented Apr 13, 2019

Porting to React-native seems to be a downgrade most of the time.
Similarly to Electron, it requires more resources mostly requires a newer device considering it being interpreted by a browser, rather than more native implementations.

Maybe on could use the Kotlin codebase, which can be shared between iOS and Android while running more performant

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commented Apr 13, 2019

One could also try Flutter with similar results. Might actually be easier than with Kotlin

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commented Apr 14, 2019

@mobitar With all due respect, the reason why we don't see this opinion more often is because the only place to discuss this app is a Github issue page. There's no actual forum. I think a lot of people would prefer a native Android app over what we currently have, but as stated, if you don't have the resources to create a native app, there's not much that can be done.

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commented Apr 14, 2019

But one can develop using Flutter with similar resources when doing with RN, but with better results.

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commented Apr 14, 2019

@Serkan-devel I hope the dev takes your advice.

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