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If you've never heard of Stack Exchange, you're missing out on some of the best Q&A-style sites on the Internet. Each site is a community built to encourage people to ask and answer questions. Reputation and badges can be earned by giving good answers and comments. With over 120 communities (and growing), there are sites dedicated to programming, server management, gaming, travel, and even anime. The one thing that has been missing was a good mobile application. That changes today with the official launch of Stack Exchange on Android.

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While each site is typically an island all to itself, the app brings them all together under one unified interface. Like every community in the Stack Exchange family, you can sign into your account using Google, Facebook, a Stack Exchange account, or any OpenID provider. The app also supports skipping sign-in entirely if you're just interested in browsing.

Once you're in, it's easy to switch between communities or jump back to your personalized feed using the Navigation Drawer. All of the major activities are supported, so you won't have to jump to a browser for voting, commenting, asking questions, or posting answers. A notification count is clearly visible at the top right with an easily accessible history, à la Google+.

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The app looks great and follows the Android Design Guidelines beautifully. One of the developers also took a moment to explain each of the permissions requested by the app. It turns out there was a mistake in the first release, so the GET_TASKS permission will be removed when the next version is uploaded. Otherwise, I haven't seen any bugs or issues.

Just hit the widget below to grab the app from the Play Store. This is a definite must-have for Stack Exchange users. (Android developers, I'm looking at you.)

Source: Stack Overflow Blog

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Jalok Xlem

    Hooray!

  • http://dpashk.com/ Dmitry Pashkevich

    Yay! :)

    Actually their website already performed remarkably well on mobile, but I guess the app will be "even more better")

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Yes, I played with the website quite a bit and it really is expertly done. Stack Exchange is really a model for what mobile web developers and app developers should aim to replicate. Still, the app will bring notifications, which I think is easily worth it.

      • Mike Harris

        I don't know why I never even thought to just try their site. I looked for an app some time last year and found a few decent ones, but I was surprised I couldn't find an official one. I'm glad there is one now.

        I think the reason I don't usually try websites on my phone is because so many of them are just so screwed up that I hate even launching Chrome (or any other browser). This site right here is another one I always forget to check from my phone, even though the mobile version is very easy to navigate. The irony is that the main reason I wanted a smartphone-style device so many years ago is so I could check out various websites without having to be sitting at my desk or holding a big laptop..

  • mgamerz

    An android app well before the iphone version? Impressive.

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      Not to mention the fact that it's an Android app that follows the Android design guidelines to a tee.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Wish everybody else did the same

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  • s427

    Very nice app. The only thing I think is missing (at first glance) is access to my starred questions in each communities.

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