Discord users are complaining about the new Android update

Discord users are complaining about the new Android update

Yesterday, Discord for Android officially launched a “overhaul” that takes advantage of a cross-platform framework to make development easier and more in line with an iOS app, but the update led to a number of complaints.

The cross-platform framework in question is the open source React Native created by Facebook/Meta several years ago. Discord adopted it for the Android app to allow for “feature consistency across platforms” due to “a centralized and streamlined app development process across Android, iOS, and the desktop”. Previously, the development of Android features lagged behind the desktop and iOS as these two platforms were prioritized. “Faster app update release cycles” is the other main pillar of React Native rebuilding.

This update rolled out “within the past few weeks” and there were more than a few complaints in that period. For starters, people don’t like the big UI and font that affects the density on Android which is supposed to be “more iOS consistent”.

Others complain that Discord is “buggy” (2, 3) and “laggy” (“slower”, 3, 4) after the update, with this criticism coming especially from those with older phones. Another common issue was with text fields that required manual scrolling after typing a lot of characters. The general feeling among Android users is that they haven’t really experienced usability issues with the previous client.

Complaints about performance and quality after apps move into development across platforms are very common. Critics often criticize how apps lose their original UI elements and conventions after switching. For its part, Discord says it “still maintains Android and iOS specific styles in the UI.”

Bugs related to switching devs are usually common and will resolve over time, but it’s a bit that seemingly basic issues still pop up even after months of beta/alpha testing.

The best thing Discord Android app users can do right now is to report update related errors.

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