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Gluon for

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

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

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Shipped a new beta update to Gluon for Android, Build 53 (2022.1). Contains a few layout tweaks and other bug fixes. Also have an iOS TestFlight version coming out after it has been approved.

I need to write up some longer posts with all the updates! 😅

Yesterday I shipped a new beta for Gluon on Android. It's available here on the Play Store. It includes a raft of changes that I released on iOS. Check out all the "2022" iOS release note here to get an idea 😋

There will be a new Gluon for Android beta this week (Build 52, 2022.1). It's ready to go and I'm awaiting approval from Google to release it. Pretty excited to get this out 😋 Still a few rough edges, but I am super happy! TBA ✌️❤️

Hope to have an update, in the form of a beta, for Gluon on Android next week. I've managed to bring across nearly all changes from the iOS version ✌️❤️

For what it's worth... I have started working on updates to Gluon for Android 🤗 Lots to do... but the main point is that I started.

Submitted the next version of Gluon to Apple. Hopefully that will land on your handhelds soon.

Going to be tweaking that filter icon a little in Gluon. It'll fill up when you have a filter set, so you know that you've set something.

New iOS TestFlight for Gluon (2022.3 Build 4) is out with a little filter icon on the timeline screen so you can quickly toggle between hiding replies and long form posts, amongst a few other fixes.

Also looks good in dark:

This graph shows how many times Gluon posted a "this promoted content was viewed" on the Discover timeline. You can see that little nudge at the beginning with the Twitter takeover news.

It's really humbling to see that it grew over twice the size over a few weeks! ❤️

Rocking out Retro style 😍 Was testing link pasting and other bits.

Some notable tweaks coming to the Gluon posting text editor in the next TestFlight version for iOS:

  • [NITPICKY] Correct placement of single "**" or "_" when you tap the icon in the toolbar when inserting without having text selected/highlighted. Will switch to "B" or "I" when you have multi-selected text, which then wraps the word with the correct markdown.
  • [NEW] When adding links "[]()" it will now check if the clipboard has a web URL in it, if so it will insert it correctly in the link brackets.
  • [FIX] Fixed a few issues with text being cut off depending on where you have added formatting and other tweaks here and there.

Probably get this released tomorrow. Currently uploading, but am too tired to wait for processing.


New iOS TestFlight out for Gluon (Version 2022.3 Build 2), includes the following juicy fruit changes:

  • [FIX] Fixes layout issues on the reply screen when your reply goes over a million characters... or perhaps just enough to cause a scroll to happen. Now content scrolls nicely and you can actually see what you're typing. Kinda important.
  • [NITPICKY] On the reply screen, the conversation view now uses the same formatting as per "new" timeline items.
  • [NEW] Added a new font called "Retro". Give it a try. Make your eyes bleed and cry for help.

Previously (like yesterday):

  • [FIX] Sometimes images took up the whole height of the timeline item, and covering important bits like text and profile images. Now bits are no longer cover.
  • [NITPICKY] Tweaks to image loading for promoted content.

Retro vibes anyone?

Today is Gluon day. Gonna work on that new website I have been teasing about. If you'd like to add a review, good or bad (I'll be snarky if it's bad), let me know. And yeah, going to play around with some snark too - got some ideas.

Gluon has officially made it to a Relay FM podcast, Pen Addict #512 mark ~40:35 mins and onwards for a few seconds 😋🤩 Thank you @brad / @dowdyism for trying it out. If I could print the episode, I would frame it.