I'm just wondering, would creating Stack Overflow Trilogy mobile applications (for iPhone, Android, etc.) be a good idea? What does the community think? Maybe, after a general API is proposed and released, the whole community could somehow get together and create such applications?

NOTE: There have been questions before that asked whether mobile apps for Stack Overflow are currently available - this is not a duplicate, they are simply related.

UPDATE: I just checked out the mobile Stack Overflow web UI, and it's spectacular! However, I still think mobile applications are a good idea. Let's say that we want to make a Stack Overflow iPhone app with the API that will be released in 6-8 weeks (of course, we'll be making it after the API is released, right?). Per one design, we could have these tabs/panes in the app:

  • Me - this is where your profile info is shown, collated from all associated accounts from your login. You can see all your questions, answers, rep changes, notifications, and more for all 4 Trilogy sites. Also, we could have notifications outside of the app, based on the existing notifications architecture of Stack Overflow.
  • Questions - questions are shown in a grid format (with a similar look and feel to the web Stack Overflow UI), the site you wish to see questions from can be selected through a little tabbed interface at the top (and there will also be tabs such as "Featured", "Unanswered", etc.), once you click on a question, it is displayed with all of its info & metadata and you can answer from inside a question, as well as vote, favorite, retag, etc.
  • Tags - similar to the Tags interface in the web UI, but again, you can select which of the 4 sites you want to see the tags of.
  • Users - see Tags explanation.
  • Search - utilizes the search functions.

So, what do you think? Do you think:

  • that creating mobile apps for Stack Overflow is a good idea?
  • that the above design is a possible implementation?
  • What other architectures do you think would be a good idea, depending on how the API is developed?
  • ? sounds like a good idea,so, is there an application for android – yossi May 11 '11 at 13:19

Check out StackMobile.

It's a lightweight way to browse all of the StackExchange sites.

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  • It's nice but you can't login neither to ask nor to answer nor to vote – onof Aug 5 '10 at 20:27
  • @onof: I know. It's a limitation of the StackOverflow API. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Aug 6 '10 at 0:27
  • @GeorgeEdison More than a year on, it still is a limitation? I mean, we still can't exactly log in from a mobile, esp. a dumb phone (a non-smart cell phone)? What is the status today? – Kris Mar 25 '12 at 9:52
  • @Kris: Well, v2.0 of the API introduced authentication so we're one step closer. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 25 '12 at 19:32

Are you refering to an app that users can perform what they do from a normal browser? I've been accessing SO from my Opera Mini browser on my 2 yr+ SonyEricsson phone.Yes 2 yr old cell phone is ancient these days.

Anyway, I'm really impressed with the experience. Other than some of the Ajax stuff which are become postbacks, I can do almost anythng I want without re-adjusting to a new layout or UI.

Try it for yourself using Opera Mini Demo:


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  • Really? I've never tried the mobile web UI! I guess I should! – Maxim Zaslavsky Oct 31 '09 at 5:47
  • @Maxim Z.: You should! – o.k.w Oct 31 '09 at 9:09
  • I'd also recommend Skyfire which uses Firefox + video streaming technology so it's like you're controlling Firefox from a far. SO should works exactly just like on the desktop. skyfire.com – chakrit Mar 24 '10 at 2:30

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