One last final update before we close the loop on this indefinitely.
When we announced this, we were intentionally vague about why the remaining mobile infrastructure was being decommissioned. As I had previously mentioned, the shrinking user base was a factor.
However, the major driver behind this decision was a vulnerability being exploited that allowed DDOS attacks on the network. Its removal was necessary to ensure stability to protect the network against further attacks of that nature.
Mobile has been shut down in its entirety as of December 12th, 2022.
Beginning immediately, you should know that we have begun decommissioning the remaining infrastructure connected to our mobile apps.
As you may know, our mobile apps have been unavailable on the Google Play and iOS App Store for quite some time. Those of you that still had the apps installed on your devices were still able to access and use them. After evaluating our logs, we noted that the apps had been used less and less over time, with current usage around no more than a few hundred overall users on the apps regularly.
While a dwindling user base certainly factors into our decision, it is not the deciding factor. In the past, we didn’t mind keeping it up and running as it required minimal effort and investment. Recently it has become clear that keeping the mobile infrastructure up was beginning to interfere with the rest of our public network in a few ways, none of which are easily resolvable. In the interest of maintaining site stability and running things smoothly, we have decided to remove the remaining bits of the mobile infrastructure and consequently shut it down.
What does this mean for you?
Unless you were one of those still using the apps, nothing. If you were one of those last stalwarts, know that the apps will soon stop functioning as we sunset all remaining code supporting it. Not all code will be removed at once, so you may find that the app continues to work, but over time it will become more dysfunctional until there is no longer any supporting code on our end keeping it running. If you want to access Stack Overflow from your phone, you can use your mobile browser.
We appreciate all of you who utilized the apps in the past and found them useful for contributing to the network. If you have any questions, please let us know.