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New update??

I noticed something when I opened the Duolingo app. There’s no more health and no more gems, only lingots. Instead of health there is just a “strengthen your skills” page? I mean, I’m not complaining, I hated the health system, but is anyone else experiencing this?

December 6, 2017


[deactivated user]

    Hallelujah! Finally DL is coming to its senses! They finally stopped this money grab. Does anyone else see it gone too?


    It’s been like that for me for months.


    You were probably not part of the A/B test, myself included.


    At long last!


    Perhaps you were removed from the A/B test, because I tested it with my sister's account and she still has health. Either that or my version of Duolingo is buggy.

    [deactivated user]

      DL just posted on FB a message telling us language learners to not be embarassed of mistakes. Turns out they're not hypocrites after all. What I don't find fair is that all those users who've poured money down the hole for their health/gems had done so in futility.


      I deleted and redownloaded the app, and when I did, I was no longer on that horrific Health/gem A/B test! But that was a while ago...


      It probably it not only IOS app version dependent, but your signed in DuoLingo account is put into an A/B test group.

      IMHO there is no easy way, just re-install an app (this deletes all data directories, at least on Android) and to think/hope, that this alone might get you out of the health / gem A/B test group...

      Well, if you would downgrade to a much older IOS app version, which would have no health / gem support, then yes, you might see it gone.
      As I learned, there is no way on IOS to downgrade to a previous app version*; you are forced** to either use the current installed app version (a backup might be wise) or to download (auto-DL/upgrade if the wrong store settings are applied!!!) the LATEST version from the store.

      This is one reason I would throw away those IOS stuff....even it might be safer.

      Android let's you manually install any APK app files, so you can actually DOWNGRADE to a previous (older) version.

      The DuoLingo app team seems - as the web team - to periodically release not tested / QS assurred early alpha/beta software; this was/is the same on Android!
      Or can't remember the "inspirational owl messages between lessons"? Yes, new feature. Crashed!! Needed bugfixing and new app version release.

      My opinion:

      • Never ever change a running system WITHOUT BACKUPS!!!

      • Don't be too fast with upgrades (DL seems to release new app versions without concrete / full history/changelog in a 2-4 week period).

      • Don't upgrade a running system, (to a new alpha release, containg new bugs, crashes, etc.) if you can't manually downgrade the app.

      • Don't expect that new app releases are stable / final and QS tested!
        Programmers are still humans. They WILL make errors!

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