GitHub is probably one of the most beloved products in the developer community. It is the most popular code hosting platform, which makes working on big projects easier for a lot of users. GitHub is where most of the source codes for custom kernels or ROMs from our own forums are hosted. The platform was acquired by Microsoft back in June of 2018. By now, we can tell that the acquisition has played out nicely for developers. Just now, GitHub has released its first-ever official Android app to the Play Store, as promised couple of months ago.
The GitHub for Android app is currently in beta testing, so you should expect more features and stability when the final version is released. As of now, the functionality of the app is quite limited. You can browse repositories, read their ‘readme’ files and view and create pull requests and issues. Unfortunately, you can’t currently view or edit the code, though I’d expect this feature in the stable build.
GitHub for Android also has a dark theme. You can turn it on manually in the settings. By default, the application’s theme will match system settings, as all apps should. The search and notifications features are also integrated, making it easier to browse the repositories and/or developers. Per GitHub’s promise, the app should soon let you review code and share feedback with contributors.
You can sign up for the beta version of the GitHub for Android app through the Play Store. The app is compatible with Android 5.1 and above.
Source: The GitHub Blog
Update: Now Available
GitHub for Android has left beta and is now available for everyone in the Play Store. The company has made several changes during the beta period. VentureBeat highlights three main features of the app:
- Organize tasks in a swipe: Swipe to finish a task or save the notification to return to it later.
- Give feedback and respond to issues: Respond to comments while you’re on the go.
- Review and merge pull requests: Merge and mark pull requests to breeze through your workflow.
GitHub didn’t initially think people would want to read and review code from their phones. That changed pretty quickly when one of their Android engineers prototyped the ability to comment on individual lines of code. The company has a “pretty detailed roadmap full of features” to come in the future as well. You can download GitHub for Android below.
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