GitHub has finally launched a beta version of its open-source app for the Android Operating System as promised in 2019 during the launch of a beta for iOS. The app is one of the several practical features GitHub has introduced to empower the software development community less than two years after Microsoft acquired the platform for $7.5 billion.
Streamlining collaboration on software development on the go
The mobile version of GitHub will enable developers to collaborate more efficiently on project aspects that don’t require a desktop environment. It provides the means to share feedback on software design or look at a few lines of code via smartphones.
We’re making these tasks easier to complete while you’re on the go, with a fully-native experience. With GitHub for mobile, you have the flexibility to move work forward and stay in touch with your team.
Previously, users had to rely on GitHub’s mobile-friendly website or third-party apps to accomplish simple tasks such as commenting on codes or reporting bugs via smartphones. With the mobile app, developers can do that (and much more) with a lot of ease, including when traveling.
GitHub is the world’s largest provider of cloud-based storage for open source software development projects. It took the company about 10 years to launch its first mobile app (for iOS), which lets developers respond to questions from users or collaborate with fellow developers on software projects via their Apple mobile devices.
Since the newly released app is still undergoing tests, the software development community will have to wait before a full user feasibility assessment is available. The good news is that GitHub has already invited interested users to help beta test the platform for Android.
In the end, it’ll be interesting to see what developers think about interacting with GitHub via a touch-screen interface.
Perhaps GitHub’s acquisition by Microsoft provides the resources necessary to make code or project management on the platform more convenient. If that’s the case, GitHub for Android is a welcome enhancement.