The code sharing site GitHub has released a beta of the new Android app, giving developers the tools to do specific coding tasks on their smartphone.
The Microsoft-owned company announced the application iOS and Android at its conference in November, offering developers an iOS beta app for iPhones and iPads. Now developers with Android phones can also join the beta.
The application is intended for tasks that do not require a complete development environment desktop, but allows users to collaborate on tasks such as revising code and design changes and merging changes.
“With GitHub for mobile, you have the convenience of completing these tasks while on the go, with full experience. With GitHub for mobile you have the flexibility to get on with your business and stay in touch with team wherever you are, ”says Ryan Nystrom, director of engineering at GitHub.
The Android app is available for any Android 5.1 phone and later. GitHub notes that it supports multiple screen sizes and settings, including dark mode.
GitHub, launched in 2008, has about 40 million users worldwide, so the app should be a popular choice for those who want a better experience than website of GitHub for mobile and have to work without a computer.
The developers who have already signed up to the Android waiting list will have received an invitation through e-mail with a link to join program. GitHub notes that there is a limited number of seats in the beta, but says it will open more seats in the future.
The app's home screen offers four main tabs, including Issues, Pull Requests, Repositories and Organizations.
There is also a "Favorites" section that allows users to customize their favorites and a recent section for recently opened requests or messages that the user has recently commented on.