There was an Android app update a few days ago, to version 14.42. One of the more obvious changes was the fact that we can actually see the emojis instead of just outlines.
Ever since this update, Bold and Italic text effects no longer show up in the app for us. As someone who works in the software development world, it’s pretty much a given that the issue lies within this emoji change, as they are both related to dialogue text format.
I understand that Android is less likely to receive bug fixes, the past has made this quite evident, but this really is a bigger issue than it may seem at first glance. A lot of authors use bold and/or italicized text to help convey meaning, tone of voice, inflection, speaking volume, and a lot more. Without it, a story isn’t able to be enjoyed as the author wrote it to be.
All other text effects AND animations work. It’s only these two that are broken. See below where I have created a side-by-side comparison
Episode, please don’t ignore this bug. I know it’s not iOS, but we all deserve to enjoy stories the way they are intended. Otherwise that also does a disservice to the author for their hard work not being appreciated.
If you have an Android device please consider sending in a support ticket to help make them aware. It may not do much, but it’s worth a shot.