Discord’s overhauled Android app will shorten the wait for new features

Discord has begun rolling out a revamped Android app that addresses one of the most persistent complaints with the software. If you follow the company, you’ve probably seen that it often announces new features, only to find that they launch on iOS and desktop first before they appear on Google’s operating system. We saw this recently with the release of . According to Discord, that will soon be a thing of the past.

In a note published on Monday, the company said it recently rebuilt its Android app using React Native. Discord has been using the framework for iOS development since Meta first released React open-source in 2015. Now that both of Discord’s mobile apps are based on the same underlying code base, the company is finding that Android users can expect consistent functionality.

Comparison screenshot showing Discord's new Android interface. The new user interface adapts better to its iOS counterpart thanks to the switch from Discord to React Native.


Additionally, the company says Discord users will see a more consistent user experience across platforms. For example, the Android app will have a larger default font that better matches the iOS version of the software. Discord also expects future updates to be released more quickly.

“As Discord continues to grow across platforms, we want to find ways to serve you and your communities as quickly and efficiently as possible, no matter what device or platform you’re currently using,” the company said. “Using React Native on all mobile platforms that Discord runs on is just one of the tools that help us support your work and we can’t wait to show you how.”

If you already have Discord installed on your Android phone, the company says you can expect the revamped app to arrive on your device in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, new Android users can download the software from the Google Play Store.

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