Android app lacking Tips and concept explanations?
I thought that it'd be fun to learn a bit of German before my holiday there in a couple of months. I've previously done a bit of Spanish on Duolingo but there I mostly used the website. This time I'm mostly using the Android app, and I'm having a frustrating time trying to work out die/der/das/den and other related gender articles for nouns. Basically, Duolingo the app just throws you at it hoping for the best.
I was watching my friend doing the same lessons on his iPhone, and there were tips along the way explain concepts and ideas. The website has a page about what these things mean and how they apply.
Where are the Tips in the Android app? Are they still trying to work out how to effectively display this information in mobile form? Not having these concepts explained is making learning a frustrating experience, that I've been on the verge of giving up a few times.
My best guess is they have not been developed for the android app yet. The DL is trying to keeps things as similar across apps and webpage as possible, but it is difficult. The apps are very different in the way they need to be programmed (I assume) and some things might be easier to implement on one platform than on another.
Also the apps are generally much 'younger' than the webpage and therefore are missing some features.
Regarding the difference between android and iPhone: There are other things that are (or at least were temporarily) available on android but not on iPhone. So be patient and it will hopefully be implemented in the future.
I use both, the Android and iOS versions. What kind of "tips" are you talking about? Translation hints by clicking on underlined words? (They work on both). I never experienced any "tips along the way explain concepts and ideas", though (again, both, but particularly iOS since you mentioned it). Maybe I completely misunderstand your questions.
Go to the main Duolingo website (not the apps), open up your German tree and go to Basics 1. Scroll down, and you'll see a tips section explaining noun capitalisation, grammatical genders, umlauts, and verb conjugation.
From what I can tell, there's no way to get this information via the apps, which makes doing the lessons a trial-and-error exercise.
Granted Basics 1 is pretty easy to get through, Basics 2 is easy to get through as well but that explains cases and conjugations of sein which make the lessons later on easier to understand.
For example, when to use "ein Apfel" and "einen Apfel" in the food section. There was no explanation, so I kept on failing because I didn't understand when "ein" and "einen" were meant to be used. The Basics 2 tips page says that one is for the nominative and one for the accusative. This would have been nice to know in the app, instead of failing time and time again and not knowing why something is one way and not the other (especially since the other articles are the same).