Discord is overhauling its Android app within the coming weeks in order that new options and updates arrive similtaneously iOS and desktop. Should you’re a Discord Android person, you’re most likely used to seeing new options not seem for months after they had been introduced on iOS, and we noticed that the majority lately with the Server Profiles characteristic being accessible on iOS means earlier than Android.
“Traditionally, work on the Android implementation of latest options would typically be delayed till desktop and iOS had been accomplished, leading to some options that launched first on one platform earlier than ultimately arriving on one other one,” explains the Discord product crew in a weblog put up.
Discord is switching to React Native for its Android app, which can permit the corporate to roll out new options throughout each platform concurrently. It additionally implies that the design of Discord on Android will extra intently resemble what you’re used to seeing on desktop and even iOS.
React Native is broadly used throughout many in style cellular apps, together with Instagram, Microsoft Outlook, Shopify, Tesla, Pinterest, and lots of extra. Discord has been utilizing React Native for its iOS app because it was open sourced by Meta in 2015, permitting the corporate to construct its iOS app from the core of its React app.
The transfer to React Native on Android may also make Discord options and design extra constant throughout Android, iOS, and desktop. Whereas the Discord Android app will nonetheless hold some particular customizations, issues like font sizes might be aligned between Android and iOS.
“Android customers may also get pleasure from the advantages of quicker app replace launch cycles,” explains Discord. “React Native permits us to streamline and consolidate our processes, which helps our engineers work extra effectively and push out updates extra ceaselessly, particularly now that the crew gained’t be spending as a lot time sustaining completely different codebases for various gadgets.”
Discord has already began rolling out its up to date Android app, so Android customers ought to begin to really feel the advantage of this underlying codebase change over the approaching weeks. And hopefully, it ought to imply we’ll by no means see one other “coming quickly to Android” message for future Discord options.