Three years after launching the official Stack Exchange app that provides users access to more than 100 of its sites at one place, the company has now released a standalone Stack Overflow app on Android and iOS. The popular question and answer platform for software developers also has a number of unofficial third-party apps, most of which are little more than customized wrappers for its desktop site. Version 1.0 of the official Stack Overflow Android app can now be downloaded from the Google Play Store on devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and higher. However, while the iOS version of the app is already in its stable channel, the Android version is currently only in Beta. According to the official release notes on Google Play, the app is fully functional and without any major bugs, although, some “small tweaks” to the UI can be expected in the stable release.
Stack Overflow has been an extremely popular platform for both professional and enthusiast programmers ever since its inception in 2008 as a more open alternative to sites like Experts Exchange. With more people accessing the site on the go, demand for a standalone app was getting stronger for a while, and the site has now finally responded with the answer many of its users have been hoping for. The newly-launched Stack Overflow app will let users do pretty much everything they can do on the Stack Exchange app, which means you’ll be able to ask questions, make comments and up-vote answers through the new app. In case you choose to have both apps on your device, the optional Push Notifications will split between the two apps, which means Stack Overflow notifications will appear in the Stack Overflow app, while all other Stack Exchange notifications will appear in the Stack Exchange app.
The two apps will have almost identical functionality for now, but with one major difference – while the new app will only cater to Stack Overflow users, the existing Stack Exchange app will continue to cover the company’s network of over 170 communities (including Stack Overflow). Meanwhile, Android and iOS users may have now got what they wanted, but Windows Mobile and BlackBerry OS users will apparently have no such joy, as the app is not expected to be released on either of the two platforms. That is of course, understandable, given how both of these platforms, together, account for such a small amount of all new global smartphone sales, with the market now dominated almost entirely by Android and iOS. Either way, it’s nice to see Stack Overflow finally rolling out its official standalone app, which is available through the link below.