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Daniel Di Bartolo | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 23 2017 2:26 PM

After months of design and development work, we're excited to share this Beta of the new and improved Logos Bible app! Since this is a large update, we are incrementing the version #. Going forward, we're starting from 6.0. 

Here’s what’s new:

- An all new tabbed browsing navigation system. You can now open as many books or tools as you want-- and effortlessly navigate between them. Tabs can be books, guides, or tools.

- Quickly and easily split your tabs

- Link your tabs so that they scroll in unison

- When reading a book or using a tool, quickly swipe between adjacent tabs. Read one book while the one next to it scrolls in sync. This will be great for study Bibles and commentaries.

- Drag and drop your tabs to reorder them

- Simplified reading screen and navigation bar. Navigation chrome slides away on scroll.

- Bible button: click the Logos icon to quickly jump to your preferred Bible

-With this new release, we will only be supporting devices running 5.0 and above. Users running 4.x or lower will no longer receive updates or customer service support for their device. You will still be able to use the Logos app, but performance will degrade over time. Supporting 5.0 and above lets us take advantage of numerous benefits associated with the more recent Android versions. 

Things that haven't changed:

- Homescreen
- Library
- Guides
- Tools
- Offline functionality

A quick reminder: As a this is a Beta version of our app, you’ll experience more crashes and stability issues than you would with our production build. This is the most significant update to our Android app ever, and so we’re still working to stabilize it. Using this Beta version really helps us to identify pain points, so thanks for hanging in there!

How to join the Beta

To join the Logos Beta please navigate to https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.logos.androidlogos on your Android device and follow the instructions.

How to leave the Beta

If you wish to return to using the stable version of Logos please navigate to https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.logos.androidlogos on your Android device and tap the “Leave the program” link.

 

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 23 2017 3:33 PM

Patiently awaiting Google to release it. I like new things. Smile

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 23 2017 3:40 PM
Things to make us go.

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 23 2017 6:27 PM

Daniel Di Bartolo:
An all new tabbed browsing navigation system. You can now open as many books or tools as you want-- and effortlessly navigate between them. Tabs can be books, guides, or tools.

Are you sticking with "tabs" as the nomenclature? I believe elsewhere you have used "workspaces" or something like that... which I prefer. I don't consider what you have to be "tabs," but rather something better. 

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Bukari Daniel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 5:37 AM

Daniel Di Bartolo:

Things that haven't changed:

- Homescreen
- Library
- Guides
- Tools
- Offline functionality

Please will you do something about the offline functionality, AM in a country where internet is a rare thing, and am not able to study as I want to. The internet is only found in the cities, therefore one has to travel many miles to find the internet, so this my plead to you to fix the offline functionality. 

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 6:25 AM

Will this come to the Kindle store when it reaches final stable release status?

Is there an apk download for those of using a Kindle?

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 6:53 AM

I like the new UI/Functionality. Pressing the "Back" button on the phone exits the program instead of cycling through history, which I really like. I also like what you are calling "Tabs". I agree with alabama24 in that it should be called "Workspace".

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 7:39 AM

Bukari Daniel:
Please will you do something about the offline functionality, AM in a country where internet is a rare thing, and am not able to study as I want to. The internet is only found in the cities, therefore one has to travel many miles to find the internet, so this my plead to you to fix the offline functionality.

When most users complain about this, I have little sympathy. They have internet access daily, even if not in every location throughout their day.  It is for users like yourself, however, whom I have great empathy! Sad

The truth is that FL views the mobile app as secondary. It is primarily a "reader app" (and they call it such). For that purpose, it works well. 

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Daniel Di Bartolo | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 9:21 AM

Kevin A. Purcell:
Will this come to the Kindle store when it reaches final stable release status?

Yes

Kevin A. Purcell:
Is there an apk download for those of using a Kindle?

We don't have a Kindle beta program. 

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Daniel Di Bartolo | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 9:24 AM

Bukari Daniel:
The internet is only found in the cities, therefore one has to travel many miles to find the internet, so this my plead to you to fix the offline functionality. 

You're right-- we can do a better job at this. We have plans to improve our offline functionality in 2018. 

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 10:23 AM

Daniel Di Bartolo:
We have plans to improve our offline functionality in 2018. 

Yes Many users will be very happy. Smile

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 12:01 PM

Does this version still use the "old" notes system that is fully compatible with Logos 7 (as opposed to the "new" system being used on the web app)? Thanks!

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 12:18 PM

I'm so glad to see the Android Beta arrive so soon after the iOS. Very good sign! Thanks!

A few things I've noted:

1. When you open the app for the first time, a few intro screens show off some features. At least one of those will need to be updated for this release.

2. When scrolling with two resources open on the screen that are syncing together... if I scroll resource B, a visual cue appears on resource A indicating it has navigated, even when it hasn't navigated.

3. (this applies to iOS as well) On the screen where you can see all your open tabs (screens? windows?), I would find it more aesthetically pleasing if there were a visible cue that surrounds the tab (with a different background color "inside" the tab), indicating that the two panels inside the tab are in fact in the same tab. Currently it looks like two small tabs, rather than one tab with two resources. 

4. When adding a new tab, I really like the new design, with the Library - Tools - Documents - Favorites tabs. Congrats. Currently the favorites tab is not working for me at all (it simply shows the tabs).

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 12:32 PM

Daniel Di Bartolo:

Kevin A. Purcell:
Is there an apk download for those of using a Kindle?

We don't have a Kindle beta program. 

At one point you used to let users download the APK on Android to install manually. Is that possible?

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Cromwell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 12:52 PM

I appreciate the improvements.  One issue I've spotted is that with the color scheme 'Low light' the text in resources is fine but on the menus it is so faint it is unreadable.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 1:02 PM

Matthew:

Does this version still use the "old" notes system that is fully compatible with Logos 7 (as opposed to the "new" system being used on the web app)? Thanks!

Yes

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Bukari Daniel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 2:26 PM

Daniel Di Bartolo:
You're right-- we can do a better job at this. We have plans to improve our offline functionality in 2018. 

That will be wonderful, can't wait. Thanks

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 2:41 PM

Daniel Di Bartolo:
With this new release, we will only be supporting devices running 5.0 and above

Gee, thanks. I hope I don't have to reinstall 5.17 later, because I won't be able to find the APK.

I didn't see that last night. I should read more carefully.

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Jason Ledbetter | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 5:41 PM

Yes, this. Low light is now unusable and has been my default for a long while.

Two finger scrolling also is super speed... I can't move a page down a line or even a paragraph now, it goes "pages".

When my app started up after the update, I had split screen resources showing and it was not obvious how to get rid 9f one of the resources. In the past, I thought you just slid the width of the resource to wanted to 100%.

-j

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 6:18 PM

Jason Ledbetter:
it was not obvious how to get rid 9f one of the resources. In the past, I thought you just slid the width of the resource to wanted to 100%.

You now kill the second resource via the workspace browser. 

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