Lots of new stuff in the app recently!
We finally released v2.0 of the app, after one and a half years in v1.x! 🙂 It felt appropriate, given that the app has changed considerably from the early version 1s, and has diverged quite a bit from the original legacy app.
With over 2000 active installs, we decided that we should migrate to using a beta version for testing new releases, rather than pushing directly to production and hoping for the best. Opt in at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/fr.free.nrw.commons
Notification if picture is a duplicate
As requested on the Commons village pump, we implemented a check to see if the exact same image already exists in the Commons database, in order to prevent unintentional duplicate uploads. This was done by checking for similar SHA1 hashcodes using this API
Updated licenses and added option to select them in upload screen
Users can now select their licenses directly from the upload screen instead of just via Settings! This has been implemented via a drop-down menu underneath the title and description fields. CC-BY-4.0 and CC-BY-SA-4.0 have also been added to the available licenses to choose from.
New and improved UI
The UI has received an update, and is now in line with Material design guidelines. Also, a light theme has been added, which is more suited for daytime use. This can be accessed via Settings as shown below.
Updated Google Play store listing
Our Google Play store listing has received an overhaul, with a new description and new screenshots that reflect the current state of the app.
We would like to welcome first-time contributors Aditi Bhatnagar, Veyndan Stuart, Vivek Maskara, and Neslihan Turan on board! 🙂 Many of the recent improvements in the app have been thanks to them.
New volunteers are always welcome. Join us at https://github.com/commons-app/apps-android-commons.
Prague pre-hackathon and Vienna hackathon
We will be sending a team to the Wikimedia Hackathon Vienna to work on improving the Nearby function of the app, and development will start during the Prague Pre-Hackathon that Wikimedia Czech Republic has kindly organized for us. More details in our discussion thread.