By now I’ve purchased about a hundred Photon’s and quite a few P1 modules (for various design projects). Half a year ago, every new Photon would start by blinking blue and it would show up in the Android app. It’s not like that any more. I just received a batch of 30 Photon’s. None of them are showing up in the app and I’m not the only one with this problem.
If you look at the Google Play store, the rating for the Particle app is in complete free fall. The average review for the last months is now less than 2 out of 5 stars (from what I can see). Regaining these users trust will take months of hard work, so the app must be fixed right away.
I’m use a Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 6.0.1 (set to English language). I’m using version 1.6.3 of the Particle app (apparently the latest?). It’s not just my device that has issues. Many (but not all) of my students have issues and must use USB for setup also.
PS: I can connect to them using USB and CLI, but that’s not my point. I’m a teacher and I tell the students that we’re using the Photon because it’s so easy to get started. At it’s current state that’s just not true any more.