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Tapatalk: love it or hate it, it isn't going away any time soon. For those who fall into the former category, version 4 of the ubiquitous forum browsing platform is now live in the Play Store, in a public beta version chock-full of new features. The app has been circulating among the Tapatalk faithful in private beta for just short of two months now. Tapatalk 4 is a free download, but requires Android 4.0 or higher.

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A brand-spanking-new interface tops the list of added features in Tapatalk 4. It's easy to see why, with a mix of Holo elements, Google Now-style cards, and the sidebar menu that seems to be all the rage. Different stored sites are accessed via a pull-down list on the side menu, with a nice category view serving as the app's home page.

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Other features include a new set of homescreen widgets, revamped push notifications, and an integrated photo editor. Eventually this app will be merged with Tapatalk and Tapatalk HD, hopefully creating a unified app like the Google gods intended. For the moment, it's a pretty cool way to try out the new features without shelling out eight bucks for both of them.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

    Then look at Tapatalk as if it is the good mobile view. Think of it like how companies buy into other companies or use APIs to make things more fluid without doing all the work.

  • Herman

    I just browse forums with the standard web browser.
    I don't need millions of apps to do different things that one can do as well.

    Only if I were really into one forum I might consider such an app.

    Though the browser is easier for me.

  • Angel Penabad

    You are right, but for example in my country we don't have unlimited data plans, so without something like tapatalk we would run out of MB after just one week. Moreover this apps increase forums activity.

    Anyway, tapatalk really needs to get much better, its scroll is one of the worst you'll find on android.

  • David Margolin

    ap should create a forum... would out-holo xda, ac, anthrax, and phandroid

  • SetiroN

    Indeed. Tapatalk at least manages to be an almost ubiquitous forum browser, but I really hate the idea of having dozens of bloated apps for the websites I visit. Luckily, many are already mobile friendly and facebook/amazon/ebay/paypal applications are long gone from my devices. I'd like to let go of google's too, to be honest, as I did with G+.

  • Rodrigo

    Having a good web-based mobile view dont do any good in help to keep all forums and logins in centralised place and cant do phone notifications

    • Peacen1k

      Add to that all of the extraneous crap you more or less have to download when you use a web browser to read these forums.

      You'd think a staff writer of an android tech blog would be able get get these reasons all by himself.

  • Could be Anyone

    I guess I'll check it out to see how it is but last time I tried to use it, it didn't work well in my S3.

  • tym0

    Wow I never tried tapatalk before but this app is a mess. By the way their implementation of the side menu is ridiculous, I'd love to see Ron review it.

    • Disqus Sucks

      Well it is a beta.

  • EdenHold

    just as Valerie responded I cannot believe that you able to make $6959 in 1 month on the inetwork.

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    • jonathan3579

      Die with fire please.

  • Rob Earls

    Wanting 10's of thousands of website owners to make their websites work in a perfectly uniform and standard android way is a bit unrealistic.

  • mechapathy

    I like Tapatalk. I don't like their business practices, but that's a different story. Forums are the most glaring section of the web that desperately needs a responsive design overhaul, but until then Tapatalk makes forum browsing on a mobile device less infuriating.

  • DeadSOL

    Tapatalk makes it easier to browse forums but I only visit XDA so I have the XDA app for that (which, sadly, hasn't been updated in the longest time).

    • jonathan3579

      I don't know about you but I find it pathetic that the XDA forum app doesn't follow the Android holo guidelines. It's just a bitter irony that a site for developers and tinkerers is not developed or tinkered properly.

      • DeadSOL

        That's true! The smileys need an update, too. Some of them have different codes on the website and in the app itself. It's annoying.

        • jonathan3579

          One of MANY complaints I have with their app. -_-

  • baza58

    I was expecting more smooth performance but it's actually more laggy than old version.

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  • a3uge

    "I think that website owners should implement a good..." - Okay you go and convince thousands of forum owners to develop their own mobile friendly forum software while I use an app that fulfills all the problems right now of bloated, impossible to read/respond-to forum sites. It's pretty ridiculous that an Android Police staff member is against the idea of apps that make the mobile experience better.