Android App 2.7.0 Release – Features, Features, Features!

Beautiful apps don’t write themselves – people do it. They brought you many new features. Learn about all of the improvements!

The ownCloud community proudly presents you this release of the ownCloud Android app. We put a lot of work into this version – and many useful features came out of it. They make the ownCloud Android app far more beautiful and user-friendly.

 

Learn what’s new with our new Feature Wizard!

When new users install the ownCloud Android app for the first time, we want them to know at a glance what the app is able to do. Besides, it’s important that the users have an overview of the new features included in a new version after upgrading. That’s why we have included a new wizard.

This new meta-feature is giving users an overview over all new features. For example, this is the wizard you will see if you upgrade from 2.6.0 to 2.7.0:

(Spoiler Alert – it contains the features we want to talk about in this blogpost!)

 

ownCloud Android app feature wizard

The feature wizard of the ownCloud Android app

 

But that’s only for the meta business. Now come the improvements for your daily lives:

 

Secure your App with a Lock – Pattern or Fingerprint!

We know that you all care a lot about security. Probably that’s why you use ownCloud. We take that matter seriously and give you the option to secure your app with a lock to keep your data safe.

You can already protect your app with a PIN – but this version goes further. Now you can also use a pattern or your fingerprint to prevent access to the app.

(We recommend to use the pattern – your fingerprint can be used against your will. In contrast, patterns are stored in your memory, barely reachable for a possible attacker.)

 

ownCloud Android app pattern lock

How to set a pattern lock in your ownCloud app

 

Note: if you have a device that supports fingerprint scanning, you have to set a PIN or pattern first. Then you can activate the fingerprint lock. This way, you have a fallback method if fingerprints don’t work.

 

ownCloud Android app fingerprint lock

Configure your ownCloud Android app to be unlocked with your fingerprint.

 

Directly Upload Pictures

In the last release, we already introduced Camera Uploads. This feature scans your Camera folder every few minutes to upload the images. Additionally, for users who want to upload it instantly, we now introduce Direct Uploads.

With Direct Camera Uploads, you can upload your photographs directly after you take them. In your Camera app, there will be a context menu – and with one simple tap, you open the image in your ownCloud app. Then you can decide to which folder you want to upload the image.

 

ownCloud Android app direct camera uploads

Take a picture and directly upload it to ownCloud

 

The most beautiful ownCloud Android app – now with gif images!

Another interesting and demanded feature is the .gif support. With this new feature, we can reproduce our animated gif images.

Gifs are an important part of internet culture by now. There are dozens of subreddits, platforms, mastodon instances, and other communities which focus on swapping gifs. ownCloud makes it easy to store them across devices, so you can use them whereever they fit.

 

ownCloud Android app gif support

One of the two points that make our Android app the most beautiful ownCloud Android app, are gifs. The other point: it’s the only ownCloud Android app.

 

Apart from that, the release mainly covers UI improvements. An example: if you upload a file, you can now see the file size in the upload window. Other improvements are small bug fixes.

This version was a big community effort. Especially Shashvat Kedia showed his talent – he contributed both the Pattern Lock and the Direct Uploads. Thanks also go to Harshit Bansal who contributed the file size view in the upload window.

This version is already available on Google Play Store and F-Droid, get it now! If you use ownCloud, but have not seen the Android app yet, check it out! If you already use it and like it, give us a review:

 

Get it on Google Play!

Get it on F-Droid!

 

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