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    • Yeah, sorry about that. 😔 In another thread awhile back I mentioned that we are small and only had the resources to develop for one mobile platform at a time. When we were interviewing, we talked to both Android and iOS engineers, but the iOS engineers accepted our offer and the Android ones we happened to meet didn't show interest in us, so that's one factor in how it shook down.

    • I plan to try the Android app when (if!) it is available but for now I'm happy with a Chrome shortcut on my phone's home page.

      I didn't know that was possible until someone here pointed it out. With the site open in Chrome on your phone, click the 3 dots in the upper right, then "Add to Home Screen".

    • This is good news as most of my time is spent with a phone over a computer, something about mobile browsing vs an app. The app tends to win. Thanks to Cake for getting this out, it is working great so far.

      * edit to add - I wrote this from my computer haha. I feel like a fraud now. But really, I will use the app more.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Cody. We built it for exactly that. We think that the app is the best way to experience Cake on the iPhone.

      Any in my opinion, nothing beats a real full size keyboard. I'm thinking of getting one of these wireless iOS keyboards to compose long-form posts on the go.

    • Well, instead of hiring Android developers to build an Android app, you should expose some of the APIs (plus open documentation) you already built for the iOS app and open it up for people to write the Android application for you.

    • I got the email about the Cake app now bring in the iOS store, however interestingly the email address at which I received the email is not the current email address in my settings.
      It probably was the email address I originally used when I signed up for Cake, however I think it would be well over a month since I changed it.

      Edit: just found it in the inbox of the email address in my settings as well.

    • The lack of badges is intentional. Personally I find badges anxiety-inducing since they make me feel like I need to do something. We want Cake to make people happy, not anxious. 😄

      I like getting a push notification when someone reacts or replies to me on Cake, but if it also added a badge to the icon then I'd feel like I have to go do something to make the badge disappear, and that feels like a chore.

      But obviously not everyone feels this way! Anyone else like badges? Should we add them?

    • I do agree that badges can be anxiety-inducing, however lock screen messages and banners can also be distractions. That is why I typically use badges for social apps and lock screen messages/banners for must-see things like Messages. But that is also just my personal preference.

      I've always considered a good app citizen should give that choice to the user. If an app shows badges as an option and they do not work, it feels broken.

    • I like getting a push notification when someone reacts or replies to me on Cake, but if it also added a badge to the icon then I'd feel like I have to go do something to make the badge disappear, and that feels like a chore.

      Interesting, the only push notifications I find useful are the weather alerts I get from my Accuweather app. They are useful to me because they provide specific details of what the severe weather is (tornado watch until 6pm, extreme cold advisory until Tuesday night, etc).

      For gmail, I prefer seeing the unread count on my app, i.e. a badge. I used to use the badge notification for Twitter, however, I sometimes contribute to threads that turn into a storm of likes and retweets, which turns the badge count into noise instead of signal.

      The push notifications from the Cake app aren’t intrusive. However, it might be nice to know whether it is for a reaction, a mention, or a post—especially if I’m participating in a great discussion like this.

      My two cents, for what it’s worth.

    • The push notifications from the Cake app aren’t intrusive. However, it might be nice to know whether it is for a reaction, a mention, or a post—especially if I’m participating in a great discussion like this.

      Hmm. Cake's push notifications do differentiate between reactions, replies, mentions, and new non-reply posts in conversations. Do we need to make the distinction more clear?

      📷 My lock screen right now showing two reply notifications and one reaction notification

    • Hi Peter, great suggestion! I've figured out how to implement this, and I'll include it in the next release.

    • I think I've come around on maybe disabling badges on my social apps. ;-) I've already removed Tweetbot from my dock on the Mac and only open it when I need to or have some spare time during the day. On the phone, I'll open the app when I want to spend time in the app and not have a notification force me to sidetrack or distract me.

    • The lack of badges is intentional. Personally I find badges anxiety-inducing since they make me feel like I need to do something. We want Cake to make people happy, not anxious. 😄

      I like getting a push notification when someone reacts or replies to me on Cake, but if it also added a badge to the icon then I'd feel like I have to go do something to make the badge disappear, and that feels like a chore.

      But obviously not everyone feels this way! Anyone else like badges? Should we add them?

      Android user here, but the systems are similar enough to talk about this in general:

      I think this should be left for the user to decide. Modern Android versions come with app settings that allow users to

      - disable/enable notifications from an app completely

      - disable them on a "per category" basis; categories (or channels internally) are used for different types of notifications, for example Cake could have one channel for "reply to your post" notifications and another for "reaction" notifications, and the user can easily choose to see one but not the other

      - if notifications are enabled, allow or disallow a "notification dot" (Android's variant of a badge)

      This can either be used as-is, or used as a model for own in-app settings. For me personally, badges have some smell of "open task that I need to finish", but what's more anxiety-inducing than that is the fear of missing out on some important interaction, either because of swiping away the notification or by not being notified in the first place.

      It is great that you have user "well-being" in mind while designing your notifications. It's just that different users feel well in different situations, which might include seeing badges/dots.

      What I'd like to see is a "digest" type of notification that is pushed to me not instantly when something happens, but once per day at 6pm, if something happened in the last 24 hours.