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#1 Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:05

Would it be possible for Neowin to support the Tapatalk forum browser app for Android? (might be available on other platforms too, I'm not sure)

I did a search for this but only found posts by members suggesting it's not possible due to custom code, but I think the devs will have a better idea!

This is the only forum I visit regularly that doesn't work in Tapatalk :(

Thanks!

Best Answer Timan , 11 June 2012 - 01:42

Appreciate the feedback, but we're not going to support that third party app. IPB has an official app which you can use if you want a "semi-native" experience, but for the most part, the mobile skin is easier to manage, and works for the most part. Go to the full post



#2 tsupersonic

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:15

Have you tried the mobile site? It's actually quite a good layout.

#3 Lee G.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:20

There's already some threads about this, and it looks like it won't be implemented. I think using the mobile site is good enough though.

http://www.neowin.ne...stion-tapatalk/
http://www.neowin.ne...patalk-feature/
http://www.neowin.ne...patalk-support/

#4 S.MULLA

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:21

tapatalk integration would be very nice!

#5 OP Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:40

There's already some threads about this, and it looks like it won't be implemented. I think using the mobile site is good enough though.

http://www.neowin.ne...stion-tapatalk/
http://www.neowin.ne...patalk-feature/
http://www.neowin.ne...patalk-support/


There's nothing wrong with the mobile site, it's actually one of the best mobile implementations I've ever seen. I do really like it.. however, Tapatalk is a native app which offers some benefits: -

1. We have direct access to the Android sharing API. I could, for example, instantly share a thread to Twitter or Facebook just by hitting "share" and selecting Twitter/Facebook.

2. Tapatalk allows us to attach files to posts.

3. Tapatalk is skinnable, so I'm using an almost completely black theme, which uses a considerable amount less battery power than Neowin's mobile site, which is almost completely white and very power hungry for AMOLED screens.

4. With Tapatalk all of the forums we visit are stored in one place, so we don't need to switch between apps constantly.

5. Tapatalk can raise Android notifications when people reply to subscribed topics.

I would love it if this could be supported!

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:41

Not needed. There's a mobile site that works just fine, and isn't annoying like all those tapatalk enabled forums are.

#7 OP Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:43

Not needed. There's a mobile site that works just fine, and isn't annoying like all those tapatalk enabled forums are.


See my post above yours for five benefits of a Tapatalk-enabled forum for Android users.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:57

From Neowins point of view there is no benefit to implementing it, the site looses out on ad-revenue and promotes an app that must be purchased.

#9 OP Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 21:11

According to the Tapatalk forum team the app supports ads:

http://support.tapat...anner-ads.7106/

To what extent they support ads I have no idea, but I wonder if somebody could have another look at this, as everyone from Neowin seems to be of the impression it doesn't support ads at all.

The benefits for Neowin would be that the site would be advertised in the list of Tapatalk supported forums and it would give people more ways to access the site.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 23:50

from what I remember, there is a specific reason why Neowin doesn't add tapatalk support

something about one of their plugins being incompatible causing tapatalk not to work correctly or something like that

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:42   Best Answer

Appreciate the feedback, but we're not going to support that third party app. IPB has an official app which you can use if you want a "semi-native" experience, but for the most part, the mobile skin is easier to manage, and works for the most part.

#12 OP Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:22

Appreciate the feedback, but we're not going to support that third party app. IPB has an official app which you can use if you want a "semi-native" experience, but for the most part, the mobile skin is easier to manage, and works for the most part.


Thanks.

In that case, could I request a dark mobile skin? Black colours really do make a massive difference to battery life on oled screens. :D

#13 Jeston

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:52

Thanks.

In that case, could I request a dark mobile skin? Black colours really do make a massive difference to battery life on oled screens. :D

That went away with the last major update (Pegasus). I don't think they plan on bringing back a darkside theme for mobile. This has all been brought up before. They mainly want to cut down on the amount of effort it takes when updating the site. The less themes they have to mess with every time, the better. Which, in turn, means a smoother, more reliable experience for all of us.

Also, I really don't think the difference in battery life is as great as you're making it out to be.

#14 OP Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:54

That went away with the last major update (Pegasus). I don't think they plan on bringing back a darkside theme for mobile. This has all been brought up before. They mainly want to cut down on the amount of effort it takes when updating the site. The less themes they have to mess with every time, the better. Which, in turn, means a smoother, more reliable experience for all of us.

Also, I really don't think the difference in battery life is as great as you're making it out to be.


Of course there's a big difference. Amoled screens switch off black pixels completely which means they're drawing no power whatsoever, whereas white pixels use three times as much power as pixels on an LCD counterpart. Considering the display is the biggest power drainer on all modern smart phones, the difference can mean you get a few hours more simply by using dark wallpapers and themes for websites.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 13:08

My main beef with the current mobile site is that it's difficult to view larger topics. There needs to be a last-page button and/or a drop-down page selector. With that and the lack of an easy way to navigate to the front page and back keeps me from using it.