App development is moving incredibly fast. Here's the status of Android apps as of about a week ago when I last installed them all and tested them all.

Nostr for Android App Statuses :

Nosky: Status: Early stages (Inactive)

  • Create posts: ✅
  • Markdown: ❌
  • Reply: ✅ (The reply button on the main feed doesn't work, but opening the post and hitting reply does work.)
  • Add/Remove relays: ✅ (Can add manual ones.)
  • Global feed: ❓
  • Follower feed: ✅
  • URL Preview: ❌
  • Reactions: ❌
  • Lightning: ❌
  • Reactions: ❌
  • DMs: ❌
  • Notifications: ❌ (Implemented, but not working)
  • Edit profile: ❌ (Implemented, but not working)
  • Follow: ❌ (Implemented, but not working)
  • Usable: ❌
  • Github
  • Download (I self compiled this APKs)
  • Notes: The UI seems mostly done? Lots of crashes and instability. Not ready for day to day use at all. Developer seems to be inactive.

Nostros: Status: Alpha (Active)

  • Create posts: ✅
  • Markdown: ❌
  • Upload pics: ❌
  • Reply: ✅
  • Add/Remove relays: ✅
  • Global feed: ❌
  • Follower feed: ✅
  • URL Preview: ❌
  • Reactions: ✅ (Upvote and Downvote)
  • DMs: ✅
  • Notifications: ✅
  • Edit profile: ✅(name, profile pic, LN address, about)
  • Follow: ✅
  • Lightning: ✅❌ (via profile Lightning, invoices not rendered in feed)
  • Usable: ❓ That's a personal preference. It's close.
  • Github
  • Download (Developer provided.)
  • Notes: The UI seems mostly done, but the UI reminds me of older Android apps from many years ago. GIFs don't play inline, they are frozen. GIF profile pictures do not work. No banner support. Slow performance.

Amethyst: Status: Alpha (Active)

  • Create posts: ✅
  • Markdown: ❌
  • Upload pics: ✅
  • Reply: ✅
  • Add/Remove relays: ❌
  • Global feed: ✅
  • Follower feed: ✅
  • URL Preview: ✅
  • Reactions: ✅
  • DMs: ✅
  • Notifications: ✅
  • Edit profile: ❌(name, profile pic, LN address, about)
  • Follow: ✅
  • Lightning: ❌
  • Usable: ❓ That's a personal preference. It's close.
  • Github
  • Download (Developer provided.)
  • Notes: It's one of the closer to daily driver clients for Android that's out there. The UI is coming along really nicely. However, not being to do profile management or Lightning makes this a no go for me. Both banner support and Link Preview are really nice as most clients do not support these features at all.

Daisy: Status: Alpha (New)

  • Create posts: ❌
  • Markdown: ❌
  • Upload pics: ❌
  • Reply: ✅
  • Add/Remove relays: ❌
  • Global feed: ❌
  • Follower feed: ✅
  • URL Preview: ❌
  • Reactions: ✅
  • DMs: ❌
  • Notifications: ❌
  • Edit profile: ❌(name, profile pic, LN address, about)
  • Follow: ✅
  • Lightning: ❌
  • Usable: ❌
  • Github
  • Download (Developer provided.)
  • Notes: It's too new, very early stages. Unstable.

Nostrid: Status: Alpha (Active)

  • Create posts: ✅
  • Markdown: ✅
  • Upload pics: ❌
  • Reply: ✅
  • Add/Remove relays: ❌
  • Global feed: ✅
  • Follower feed: ✅
  • URL Preview: ❌
  • Reactions: ✅
  • DMs: ❌
  • Notifications: ✅
  • Edit profile: ✅(name, profile pic, LN address, about)
  • Follow: ✅
  • Lightning: ❌
  • Usable: ❓ That's a personal preference. It's close.
  • Github
  • Download (Developer provided.)
  • Notes: Let me just say the UI on this is very odd. The Android maximalist on actually hates it. It's not Material or anything related to Android. It feels like a Windows application. That said, it actually works quite well, minus being able to use Lightning, send DMs, or edit Relays. It also supports multiple accounts, which is a nice bouns.

this is a treasure trove as an android user.

Thanks for all the great info.

Thanks for the detailed overview, I'm using Amethyst, looking good so far, too bad there's no lightning

40 sats \ 4 replies \ @ama 24 Jan

I like Astral a lot, and its author is very helpful and responds to any questions or requests. I also like Coracle and Snort. On my phones I use Astral on the Lightning browser and it works very well.

astral.ninja has potential, but SO slow and buggy still

10 sats \ 2 replies \ @ama 24 Jan

Perhaps a memory leakage or something like that? The author is looking at that.

I believe Astral validates all signatures which makes it slow it should probably only validate signatures of ppl u follow but not an easy subject

12 sats \ 0 replies \ @ama 25 Jan

Do you mean it does so for every event it pulls from relays? That could really explains why it gets slow, mainly if it accumulates of the information on a RAM database. Do you think it does that?

I recently discovered Iris as a web app, and it's become my go to client. It's intuitive and very fast, without using up all my ram.

1 sats \ 7 replies \ @ama 24 Jan

Iris looks good, too, and if it's fast and low on RAM consumption as you describe, it'll be great once it works with private key managers, like Alby or nos2x. In the mean time, I don't trust a web app with my secret keys.

Iris has a nice android app that works just fine so far.

0 sats \ 1 replies \ @ama 24 Jan

I've just installed it and it seems it's not an actual app, but that it runs on the Tor browser?

Yes I think it's a NWA.

I am using Iris w/Alby on Chrome, no need to enter my private key

I use Iris with nos2x. I certainly didn't enter my private keys.

0 sats \ 1 replies \ @ama 24 Jan

I've tried many times, actually every time I've see a reference about it, and it has never worked for me.

Wow. That's really interesting. I use a Linux laptop Ubuntu 22.10 and the Brave browser. I know the developers have a telegram group that might be able to provide some insight.

Iris is really fast with good UI, but they don't have lnurl auth and tipping built in yet

Waiting for non "twitter" things I can try :) Doesn't seem to be happening much on that front unfortunately!

Just wait until self-hosted porn comes along. A lot of innovation happens because of porn (online ads etc...)

Porn is cancer