One of the big efforts for the mobile app right now is to make the project building experience for mobile feel about the same as it does for web. For the most part, the experiences were very similar. In fact, they were almost identical besides the limitations we put on what workflows mobile projects can have. There was, however, a very large limiting factor for mobile project builders. There was no formal path from creating a project to getting that project to release on the app.
Introducing Beta Mode for mobile!
Now project builders who want their workflows to be enabled on mobile can have them reviewed on mobile as well. Here’s how it works:
When a project that has a mobile workflow is approved to go to beta, it will appear in the “Beta Review” section on the main page of the app.
From there, users will be able to view and test all of the beta projects that are currently live.
We are launching this feature with (of course) Galaxy Zoo Mobile. It is available now for all our users, so go ahead and check it out!
Like beta review on web-based projects, we will collect feedback from volunteer testers and give that back to project owners. This new process will lead to better, clearer mobile workflows in the future.
Stay tuned for more notes about upcoming mobile features!