I have been busy building new mobile apps for Backchannel Chat, the first of which is for Android.

This is a complete re-write of the Backchannel Chat app. Previous versions used a HTML bridge to push events into the application from an embedded web view. This version communicates directly to the server without any embedded middleware.

The app was built using Xamarin Forms, I made use of this so that I could get both platforms for roughly the same effort. iOS and Android did require some platform specific renderers and services, but the Forms echo-system is growing at such a rate that finding pre-built controls and services is becoming easier.

Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

The app can be downloaded for free: