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XenForo App?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by =MGN=RedEagle, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    I want my forum to show up as an app in the iOS or Android app store... is it possible?

    What way would you go about it.
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  2. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    Hire someone to make an app for you or do it your self.

    However with responsive design, wouldn't having an app be a bit redundant?
  3. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Tapatalk and forumrunner are your only two real choices (without paying a developer yourself) but both of those are expensive and (in my opinion) pretty rubbish.
  4. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    Maybe an upcoming Xenforo app, like vB's Mobile Suite? Maybe they'd be some interest in it's development via crowdfunding?
  5. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'd definitely want a dedicated App!
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  6. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    That is a good idea. I would definitely fund it there are many more of us there to pool in. Many more. :D
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  7. Flexin

    Flexin Active Member

    Isn't there a way to just make an icon that directs you to the website? Seems like that is all that would really be needed.

  8. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    No. App's are mostly needed for "push notifications" and inviting people through your contacts or seeing who else has your app.
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I would participate in crowd funding an app only after a competent and reliable developer is found.
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  10. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    It's my understanding/believe that the Apple and Google stores don't allow such apps, and that they have to have genuine value.
  11. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    Great, are you volunteering for step 1 and getting us a ballpark cost?
  12. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Most developers are busy but some will stop what they're doing if the price is right. Ain't that right @Waindigo
  13. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    For a fully supported App for both Android and iOS I guess you're talking in the region of tens of thousands.
  14. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Do we even have any iOS devs on here? Or are you assuming because they know php they could do it?
  15. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    It's really easy to create an iOS App. Check out some XCode tutorial vids on YouTube. I was trying to create one myself. Made little samples. But to really do what I want, I'd need more php experience of which I have very very little. The only hard part for most experienced developers in my opinion is getting approved.
  16. Flexin

    Flexin Active Member

    What about one that can grab notifications and then link you to the site? To me, responsive is where it is at. It gives you full access to all features and I get email alerts. I don't know what more these kids want these days.

    My buddies son looked at my site on Tapatalk which he likes and it doesn't five you the whole site. I have looked at it. I have a BlackBerry. I bought showcase and Competitions and I'm betting he wouldn't see those as well that's like buying a happy meal and only getting the fries. I want the whole meal and my toy.

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  17. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Xenforo.com should chipin too
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  18. Flexin

    Flexin Active Member

    Back in my day a phone could only go 10ft from the jack, 30ft if you had a 25 ft extension. Your modem would scream at you if you asked it to connect to the Internet. And if you asked it to do anything big you would take a nap till it was done, all the while hoping you didn't get a phone call during it.

    How hard would it be to get the major add ons to work with the app as well? That is the issue. Plus from what I hear, people like tapatalk because each site is set up the same. You lose that with the a stand alone app. I guess you would have it across xenforo sites.

    The biggest question is will it bring in enough
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  19. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    The android is easy enough, but getting accepted through iOS is another story. I've pretty much given up on that. Push notifications means zilch to iOS and other such features. You pretty much need someone who will take the time to make everything as native to iOS as possible rather than skating by like android will let you *basic web app will pass* Blackberry and windows also seem as easy as android.

    Ever since responsive became a core feature I've had more people visit the via phone than the android app. On discussion with particular members who frequent on phone, they don't give a diddly about notifications and often disable them for things such as facebook. This is why I lost interest in the app development. I see no need for it now that we have responsive. User simply bookmark or create a shortcut on their phone, bam "app".

    If I were to have an app now it'd just purely be to bring in extra traffic and "glitter" for my site.

    AND on top of that a great number complained about forcing a mobile theme on them in the app. they wanted me to provide a desktop version so all features could be viewed on each page.

    Things to consider when making the app :p

    I've also got this feeling iOS may start just denying apps based on the fact there's too many other similar apps. IDK how forumrunner or tapatalk are able to go on, possibly some deal or they were just first to it.

    iOS apps are in fact easy as hell to create, but it's not easy getting approved. They want you to create a unique experience. Creating an app that navigates to your site, gives notifications, allows you to invite members, and even force a new style haven't cut it for me. It's never unique enough :p
  20. euantor

    euantor Well-Known Member

    Android is simple. Not sure about iOS as it requires developers own a mac and a developer license, as well as hardware to test on.

    In the mean time, you can add an apple touch icon to your site and users can add it to their homescreen easily enough (or they could, I haven't used iOS since v3).
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