New Design on iOS

[deactivated user]

    Hi,

    After opening Duolingo on my iPhone a couple of days ago, I saw that the design was completely overhauled. The font was more condensed, Duo's look was changed and the icons looked... different. For example, the People icon was a bearded man but before it was two heads talking. I went to see if the website had changed.

    Surprisingly, it didn't... it had the same look as always. There was not even one mention of the new look when I checked the release notes in the App store, or in the screenshots.

    What is this? are they testing a new design?

    Judd

    November 4, 2018

    13 Comments


    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    are they testing a new design?

    Seems to be the case, given what you describe.

    November 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MarkRose997218

    I noticed the same thing. I have three iOS devices running Duolingo (2 IPhones and 1 iPad). Foe some reason, the redesign appears on two of the devices but not on the third. Just wish it was consistent...

    November 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Just wish it was consistent...

    Does it appear on the two iPhones but not the iPad? At least there would be a pattern.

    Of course, there can also be a logics/pattern if its one iPhone and one iPad, in case the two iPhones are not the same model and one is older with the new Duo app not supported on it, for instance.


    And, just to make sure: are you logged in with the same account on all those 3 devices? If not, this could also explain it.

    November 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MarkRose997218

    The redesign shows up on on each (iPhone 6 and iPad Pro), but not on my iPhone 6s. I log into the same account on all three devices including my Mac using Firefox. As a side note, the web version is still using the older design.

    November 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    As a side note, the web version is still using the older design.

    Yes, the interface of each version of Duo (webversion, iOS app, Android app, ...) are independent. Updating one doesn't update the other ones.
    Will this update come to other platforms: likely one day but the teams at Duo working on those other platforms have to implement the change there.

    November 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MarkRose997218

    Good to know. Just find it interesting that is isn't consistent between the iOS devices. I imagine it will get straightened out soon.

    November 4, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      I actually hope the design becomes universal as I love it.

      November 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ronkisimo

      did they get rid of the unbearable health system?

      November 4, 2018

      [deactivated user]

        Sadly, not ;(

        November 4, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/Bob443350

        I’m really unhappy with the changes as it has made the app almost unusable for me. I have been doing 20-60 lessons a day in recent weeks, but after just two lessons with the new design today my eyes are hurting. The background is too bright, the writing too small and cramped and the font doesn’t help. It was annoying enough when they added the irritating walking owl while loading, but when i can’t do the lessons without starining my eyes it’s hopeless. I’m so frustrated as I have been loving it up til now.

        I can’t see a way to feedback about the changes directly so i really hope they see these comments. Please, please fix these issues somebody!

        November 5, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

        I can’t see a way to feedback about the changes directly

        https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204728264-How-do-I-report-a-bug-

        November 5, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/MeranMcKin

        wow this hasn't happened to me what do you think is going on?

        November 5, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/thebenswift

        It sounds to me like Duolingo is doing some A/B testing to see how a select amount of users respond to a new design style. I've seen this new design posted by a few people on Twitter but have yet to receive a design update on any of my devices.

        What iPhone model do you have?

        From what I've seen so far I think it looks amazing. Even more fun and approachable. With that being said I've heard a lot of people complaining about the font size. Hopefully, they will hear font size being an issue and fix it. My guess is they will be doing this for a little while and fix what users don't like about the UI and then update it for everyone on iOS and so on!

        November 20, 2018
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