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Gluon for Micro.blog

An app for both iOS and Android, built on React Native, for Micro.blog.

Gluon is a highly opinionated, but customisable, cross platform app for Android and iOS for Micro.blog.

If you’d like to find out more, please visit the Gluon website. Or keep scrolling to read the development blog.

With Gluon, you can do the following:

* Posting is available for Micro.blog hosted sites only. Posting to third-party blogs is coming soon.

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Once iOS 14.5 ships, and I don’t have to run an Xcode beta… I’ll start with the new version of Gluon. Yeah, finally I know…

I am getting frustrated and some apparent limitations now. I want Gluon to be better than it is. All platforms!

Build 38 for the Gluon beta on Android is rolling out slowly. This follows on from the last release. In this one:

Next week I will be working on a few bug fixes you have reported, and also have Push working fully (feel free to register already on the Notifications screen in "More").

Also will tweak the podcast links for the Micro Monday section.

See you next week.

Build 37 for the Gluon Android update is slowly rolling out to the open beta. Changes include mainly items in the Discover section:

Next up is to allow inline images in the content editor… Oh and I need to change the Podcast links so it opens in a native Google player — sorry about that oversight haha (just noticed when I added the screenshot) 😅


Hope to make more progress on Gluon for Android today ✌️Really motivated to get it in a good shape for both platforms over the next few months.

Those Android changes for Gluon are rolling out to the public beta on the Play Store (2021.1 Build 36). I’ll keep going during the week and nights ❤️

This morning’s achievement for Gluon on Android:

Next up is features from iOS like Sublime Ads, new Discover section and pinning of topics.

Beta end of this week I hope ✌️

I’ve been looking at timeline syncing for Gluon. It’s going to take a bit of a rewrite… hmmmmm. So do I bite the bullet and get this into a new project (React based) or do I try and make it SwiftUI based (but loose out on Android initially)… Decisions...

Seems that "Timeline sync" is the most important feature for Gluon then. So, let’s get rid of everything else and just work on sync 😋

Planned new features for Gluon this year:

And many other things.

Hope to make this device only… but perhaps I have a server side option to add a bit more context around conversations, replies and other goodies.

My motivation for what I said about Gluon is basically based on all the feedback I have been getting. Most people really like it, and I am thankful for that — so why try and change it so much if it’s not broken ✌️❤️

Concerning the big SwiftUI rewrite for Gluon, I’m going to wait until WWDC this year. It’s a shame the way Apple have been treading on developers lately, so I want to make sure I don’t put my eggs into one fruit. I’d rather have something for both platforms, with ease.

Next week I start with building out Gluon for both iOS and Android. Will focus on Android first, but then make way for both platforms again. Also Apple are saying that they FULLY support PWA’s — so I will embrace that too 😂

Alright, some self promotion. Just in case you missed it… a new update to Gluon is out for iOS (version 2021.1). And if you’re wondering to see what it looks like in the wild… here you go, have a look at the Discover screen:

Gluon — iOS 2021.1 update now available.

They say you should ship software on a Monday, and here we are... I did! Now technically it's Tuesday as I write this. ANYWAY!

I'm super happy to announce the first update to hit your fruity phones for this year, and don't worry Android is coming soon too!

This release has mainly concentrated on the Discover screen, including some bugs. There are always bugs... always will be!

So here goes:

And that's it everyone. Super excited that I got this out for you. I hope you enjoy it and hope it doesn't mess things up for you haha.

As always, thanks so much to everyone that has been following along and gave me feedback. You're the best ✌️❤️

If you want to get your podcast or other interesting thing into the Discover Promoted Content section, let me know: [email protected].

You'll need to be active on Micro.blog and preferably not a big business (because they usually ruin the world... I mean just look at Appl... I mean the EMPIRE... I mean... damn... you know what I mean!).

Gluon 2021.1 for iOS was in review for… 3 minutes! The empire works fast!