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  • Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
     
    For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
     
    What this app is not:
    * iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
    * Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.
  • Have you incorporated that "out the submitter" button yet? I'm still waiting for it.
  • I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.
  • and there was much rejoicing....

    /downloading it as we speak!
  • I wish the Android one had more functionality, but it's pretty good for a mobile app, as apps go.
  • ecmoRandomNumbers: I wish the Android one had more functionality, but it's pretty good for a mobile app, as apps go.


    The Android app is a third-party app, not done by us.
  • meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
     
    For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
     
    What this app is not:
    * iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
    * Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


    So is this app any better than the other Fark IOS app whose name must not be mentioned? Because that one has been kicking ass for the 3+ years I have been using it. I'd love to switch to the official app, but had installer's remorse lasst time.
  • Unfreakable: ecmoRandomNumbers: I wish the Android one had more functionality, but it's pretty good for a mobile app, as apps go.

    The Android app is a third-party app, not done by us.


    I just tried it, looks like all it does it bring up the mobile version of Fark, with an ad on the bottom. I can do that without an app.
  • Elzar:
    So is this app any better than the other Fark IOS app whose name must not be mentioned? Because that one has been kicking ass for the 3+ years I have been using it. I'd love to switch to the official app, but had installer's remorse lasst time.
     
    You're free to mention any other app you like!  We don't support 3rd party apps, though, so if things go badly, we can't help fix it.
     
    What didn't you like last time you installed?
  • Improving the iPhone functionality while Android users still don't even have an app?

    GO SIT IN THE SHAME CORNER.
  • The Total FARK comes with a greenlght flashing . . .
  • I still prefer the Kineso app
  • meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
     
    For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
     
    What this app is not:
    * iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
    * Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


    If I, or someone I know is interested in this gig, who should I or the other person who may or may not admit to being geeky enough to make Android Apps send an email to? Is it a bonus or a hinderance if the person in question can't do the iPad one because Apple and their odd app restrictions?
  • IronJelly:
    If I, or someone I know is interested in this gig, who should I or the other person who may or may not admit to being geeky enough to make Android Apps send an email to? Is it a bonus or a hinderance if the person in question can't do the iPad one because Apple and their odd app restrictions?

    It'd be best to send in a Farkback to the 'Tech question' category.  Thanks!
  • I like Mobile Fark in Safari. The site isn't half bad.

    Two things though:
    A) Can you make the user profile sections mobile friendly? It goes back to the full site version and is darn near impossible to use without lots of zooming/scrolling
    2) Can you change the comment thread links to display new comments since last visited? The big purple-ish blue button is lame-o
    d) Will the mobile version ever get access to smart/funny or voting buttons?
  • meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
     
    For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
     
    What this app is not:
    * iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
    * Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


    Shut up, Meg.

    Sorry, just couldn't resist.

    /Android user
  • haha iPhone gets the app first.

    /we win
    //fark you android users
    ///you jelly
  • I object to all this farking on phones. I mean, I keep calling off!

    /sorry
    //bad
  • bulldg4life: I like Mobile Fark in Safari. The site isn't half bad.

    Two things though:
    A) Can you make the user profile sections mobile friendly? It goes back to the full site version and is darn near impossible to use without lots of zooming/scrolling
    2) Can you change the comment thread links to display new comments since last visited? The big purple-ish blue button is lame-o
    d) Will the mobile version ever get access to smart/funny or voting buttons?


    Making the user profile sections mobile-friendly is probably our 2nd most requested feature.  It's high on our list... we've just got a small team and it keeps getting pushed behind other things on our mile-long todo list.  But it's definitely in the works.
     
    I'm not sure what you're asking on #2... are you looking for the (+10) sort of thing on the main headline pages like we have on the regular site?
     
    We'll add voting buttons if we can ever figure out where to put them so that they don't clutter things up on the mobile site too much :-)
  • make me some tea: I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.


    The Android OS does, but only because it is offered on so many different devices and iOS is available only on Apple products. Apple currently enjoys 23% of the overall smartphone market share, the largest share of any individual device producer. All Android devices add up to 59%. That's not shabby. But unfortunately for Google, they are losing market share to Apple at a steady pace, because iOS and OSX are so tightly integrated and can use Apple's and other providers clouds seamlessly.

    /both are very good OSs...
  • make me some tea: I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.


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    Been that way for years...
  • I guess there isn't much demand for an Android app because Android phones just work and don't need third party software for basic functionality.
  • JackieRabbit:
    /both are very good OSs...

    Agreed.  Also, despite whatever the numbers are for market share overall, based on our Google Analytics we have a higher percentage of Farkers reading Fark on iOS devices than Android.  That's a big reason why we did the iPhone one first.
  • Not sure why people use apps instead of the mobile version of sites. A few tweaks and the mobile site will be perfect.

    The place to start would be making it so it jumped to the first new comment when reloading a thread.
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