App and website alignment
The differences between the website and the app are VAST (and the website for device is a weird kind of half way in between). I prefer the app because I can take it round with me rather than having to haul my laptop about and I tend to dip in and out of lessons throughout the day.
However the differences are huge. Also, last night I updated the app and it's now even easier because if I get something wrong it's throwing it in as the next question rather than waiting a few questions down the line, so I can basically cheat on the revision because I just saw it.
I can sail through lessons on the app but often get stumped on the website because it's far more difficult.
I don't understand why there are such vast differences for something which is essentially just supposed to be a more convenient form of the format. If I didn't own a laptop and only had a tablet I would think I was an Italian language genius by now because I rarely make mistakes and I've only been here 7 1/2 months. Put me on the website and some days I don't think I deserve my 50% fluency.
I ditched the app for a while when they removed some of the most useful types of exercises but I find using the laptop very inconvenient but necessary for the variety of types of lessons. Are there any plans to improvement the alignment eventually?
The IOS and Android apps are usually the go-to platforms for Duolingo when they want to try new things. They have the largest userbase, so it's easy for Duolingo to get accurate results for any A/B tests they run. IOS also have the most developers, so it's easier to try out new features on the app before introducing them elsewhere. If any of the features are successful, then in time we may see them on the website.
Yes, the Android version is much easier to use than the web version. Which is why I use the web version most. It means I learn more. When I am in a hurry I use Android. The web version also has easy access to comments and discussions and speaking exercises. I do not have an iPhone, so don't know about that. I found that even the language tree differs between the versions, at least in Swedish. I have followed discussions like this for a while now, and it seems that the Android and web versions are growing apart more? I wonder what the policy is here?
It's definitely grown apart more since the latest update. Like you I use the app version when I'm having a 'bad day' and making lots of mistakes. It's considerably easier and it boosts my confidence and at least I'm doing SOMETHING. Once you get to a certain level of understanding however, it feels like you're just treading water with the app and it's probably not helping me learn anything but keeping me topped up. It's a perfect tool for beginners but the full website (with its ongoing clunky microphone problems) is still less appealing. On the app I am now also utilising the microphone option instead of typing because what Duolingo now doesn't have at all across the various versions since the last major update is speaking exercises for advanced learners.