Dialog

We wanted to send out a big thank you to everyone who has tried Dialog, we’ve been blown away by the feedback and support so far. If you have comments or questions yourself, feel free to send us an email.

Launching the Dialog beta

Dialog

Today, we’ve made our Micro.blog client Dialog available for Android users via a public beta.

At launch, the app makes available a number of features you’ll be familiar with from using the Micro.blog service including being able to view your timeline, your mentions, and the Discover page. Currently, you are unable to create a new post. This is planned for a future release.

On the Timeline, you’ll find your usual list of posts by users you’re currently following. Posts can be replied to or favourited, and you can see the full conversation and context for a post by clicking on the conversation icon. If you’d like to view your favourited posts, they’re available from the menu on the left.

To learn more about a user, simply clicking on a username or avatar via the Timeline, Mentions, or Discover pages will let you view their profile. From there, you can view their posts, the list of users they’re following, and even follow them yourself by hitting the icon in the top right corner of the page.

On the Mentions tab, you’ll find any posts that have referenced you by username. You can quickly reply to these posts with the reply icon under the post itself. This can also be done on the timeline or Discover pages as well.

Within the Discover page, you’ll find options to toggle several of the filters available on the web version of the site such as books, music, and podcasts.

Lastly, if you’d prefer to use a dark theme while viewing the app, you can do so by visiting the settings page and toggling the theme from Day to Night or even having it switch automatically based on your location.

We’re really excited to be able to release this app for users of Micro.blog and be able to expand the reach of the wonderful community that’s been established here. We have a handful of updates already planned and always welcome any feedback you might have. If you would like to get in touch, please send our team an email or join our Slack.

You can download the Dialog beta right now on the Play Store.

Unless something falls through, we’ll be submitting the beta version of Dialog to the Play Store in the next 24 hours or so.

Just made my first reply to a post in Dialog. We won’t have the ability to create a new post at the launch of the beta but I think replying will tide users over.

We’re on the home stretch for the launch of the Dialog beta. It’s looking more and more like we’ll have something ready for users by I/O, which is nice timing. 🤖

Development Update #05

The screens above are taken directly from our latest APK.

Here’s another quick update on the progress of Dialog. This time, we’re showing our new three-tab structure, including Discover, as well as full-width images, and a new dark theme. We’ll have more news, including a beta release, in the coming weeks.

Development Update #04

The screens above are taken directly from our latest APK.

I wanted to share a couple shots from the latest build of Dialog, particularly showing off our profile pages, which are now working and look great.

We’re rocking a new build of Dialog on our phones today, hoping to get a post up this evening showing the updates.

Development Update #03

Dialog Update 03

The screens above are taken directly from our latest APK.

In this update, we’ve made a number of adjustments to the UI of the app, tightening up posts and adding some icons. We’ve also implemented image thumbnails, which will be getting some love in a future update to show them at a larger size.

Next, we’ve added the Favorites page within the left menu and have been making some progress behind the scenes on adding some requested features including:

  • Dark mode
  • Posting to a WordPress site

As always, we’ll have more news to share soon. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or feedback please send them to us.

Development Update #02

I just wanted to give a brief look at some of the progress made on Dialog. If you’re unfamiliar with the project, please see some of my previous updates. Otherwise, you can see a video of the app’s progress here.

I’d like to thank everyone who has expressed interest in Dialog. We’ll have more news to share soon. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or feedback please send them to us. In the next update, we’ll be posting more progress and sharing some potential roadmap items for post-release.

Development Update #01

I just wanted to take a little bit of time to update interested parties in the status of Dialog, a Micro.blog application for Android.

  • Initial design was completed a little over month and development began shortly after. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, the project is available for viewing on Invision.
  • The login screen has been built and allows users to log into their Micro.blog account, design is minimal as we’re focusing function at the moment.
  • The timeline has been built and is semi-functional as of last week. Again, the design is still in a minimal state while we ensure the core functionality is working properly.
  • We’ve been discussing models of revenue to ensure we can sustain the app without turning people off due to price. I’m also unsure how to avoid people simply downloading the APK online and using the app for free. Implementing some sort of complicated workaround for this feels more like punishment for regular users and will add to development time so we’re avoiding that route entirely. The app will be free.

Instead, we’ll be displaying a page in the application that will allow users to donate to the future development if they choose to. We hope that people will enjoy Dialog and be happy to support it but, if not, no problem. We won’t be limiting basic features behind a purchase or donation. In the future, the model may change slightly if, hypothetically, we introduce an in-app purchase or subscription for extra customization or power user features. However, in that case, basic functionality of the app will remain free.

I’d like to continue to do these updates to let those interested know where we’re at in the process. This is the first application i’ve designed without a large team (currently, we’re a two person show) so the timeline is difficult to ballpark. Hopefully, posts like this will give those interested an idea of where we’re at and give a little more transparency to the whole project.

If you’d like to keep up with these updates, follow us on Micro.blog and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or feedback.