Asianfanfics App Version 2

It was around the Christmas holidays last year when I started getting emails from users of the Asianfanfics app. I thought "that's odd, I don't normally get emails from the App-using crowd" so I was a bit worried. Unfortunately, I was right. Here's a random sampling of the emails I was getting:

Email 37: "Hei, i just update my phone to android 12. why's your app won't open on my phone?"

Email 108: "Iโ€™ve been an avid user of the Asianfanfics app for years, and with Androids recent update the app no longer opens properly and says it has a bug that the owner needs to fix and update. So if you could update the app again to clear this bug it would be awesome!"

"Well, scheiรŸe", I thought. The old app can't be updated anymore since the platform it was built on no longer exists and I wasn't the original developer to begin with so I'm SOL with the old app. Partly luckily though, I already started building out a new version 2 app myself a few months ago (even posted a job ad for it!) but it was barely ready for even a draft release so I spent the next couple of weeks after receiving those reports to at least get most of the features working. After a bunch of back and forth with Google Play to get the app approved, I finally got it released a few days ago.

This new update was not meant to be released for another year or so but since the old app could no longer be updated (the old development team went out of business), it was either upload the Beta app or slowly have the old app break for everyone as they update their phones. We understand that the old app had more features compared to now so this was a hard choice to make but it was either this or having everyone's apps break as they eventually update their Android OS. If you were never planning on updating your phone, then we really apologize for this update since we know the old app was working great. Because of this, we're rushing out updates to the new app to have the same features as the website and we're hoping to get most of what's needed in the app within a few months. If you want to list which features you want prioritized for the app, you can let us know and we'll prioritize it.

Predictably, I'm getting a lot of angry emails about the new app not having all of the same features as the old app. Since there isn't anything I can do about that, I just have to keep updating the new one until it catches up. I'll continue to add pages to this blog post with new updates to the app as they come out.

I'll be adding labels and maybe the signup screen soon. I want to improve the search feature eventually so you can just search titles, tags, and story descriptions but I'll try to add the old advanced search feature for now since that's easier. If there is a feature you use very often that's not currently on the app yet (or it's there but it's broken ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), let me know and I'll put it on the priority list. The more people that request it, the higher up it goes.

Hope you're all having a good weekend!

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pandalaxic
#1
Will this also be released for Apple users?
minjeongbunny
#2
Oh, no wonder the old app is no longer opening in my updating phone :(( sadly push notification is not yet working on the updated app. I hope as I read the rest of this post, there's one about push notification. I'll add a comment again if I didn't find my answer.
FantasyQueen
#3
Thank you so muchโค
Moon-Walker
#4
Thank you so much for your hard work ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’—
FantasyQueen
#5
Once again, thank you. I'm very gratefulโค
FantasyQueen
#6
You're honestly the best there can be. Thank you so much for this amazing development, it means a lot to me. Thanks for your continuous hard work, I'm grateful :)
wonpokemon
#7
Thanks for all that you do, Jason and hope the angry emails have stopped or at least lessen. that the old company is gone, but really appreciate you designing a new one and building it up. Hope you find an app developer too!! Once again thank you!!
corinneniix
#8
yes, the old app just suddenly disappeared from my phone... but wow, you're always so amazing and i'm truly so grateful that you always try your best to give and sustain this site. thank you for the hard work. i hope the new app will be of great use soon!
potatoface7894
#9
Oh I see, at first I was really confused with the sudden change lol but some users briefed me about what was happening with the old app! I'm still kinda lost with the new interface but I'm very thankful for your hard work here! I think it's impressive how much effort u're putting into this โ™ก

Currently my hugest issue is that I cannot use the night mode properly anymore cuz some texts simply dissapear, so I hope u could fix that sometime! But no rush! :)
pensanity
#10
WOW! just wow! as always, I am truly grateful for the hard work you always give to sustain this site. I'm an app user and I'm honestly not a big fan of the new update but I know I will get used to it hehet! Anyways, still I like this site as always.
Shirotakashi
#11
Thank you for all your work! Several things I did notice about the new update are that it won't let me open links and it also doesn't let me view my own story and requires me to subscribe to them which I found very odd. Also, stories with layouts look really off in the new version with scrolling within these layouts being impossible. Lastly, when I'm scrolling down and an ad pops up, the header rapidly pops up and down which can be distracting so maybe for a smoother experience, eliminate this from happening?
MidnightOnyx
#12
Thanks as always for all your work!! I'll need to try out the app again once all the bugs are fixed and everything is added, I usually just go right to the site.
pxmens
#13
There's an odd problem that I can't log into my account via web browser on Android. It's been going on for a while now. Pretty much tried everything as well.
maybe_someone3
#14
Hi, I have problem, app won't let me to open links and please, can you fix that?