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Good day, I was directed here because I had a suggestion if you can add. I'm coming from Tapatalk and wanted to know if you can add a feature where you show only unread forums plz.
I guess you want something similar to tapatalk.
blk_jack planned to implement sort and filter options in "subscribed" tabs, so I assume that could happen.
 
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I'm using XDA Labs APK (not from Google Play). Will a get a notification when a new version of the APK is released?

Why not enable beta or alpha testing for the XDA app already on Google Play (in Google Developer Console) to get the Labs app?
 

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I'm using XDA Labs APK (not from Google Play). Will a get a notification when a new version of the APK is released?

Why not enable beta or alpha testing for the XDA app already on Google Play (in Google Developer Console) to get the Labs app?
Hey,

yes, XDA Labs will notify you about an update. But AFAiK you have to open the Labs part from time to time to get it. If you just read in the forum section, there is the possibility you'll miss it.

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I'm using XDA Labs APK (not from Google Play). Will a get a notification when a new version of the APK is released?
Yes:
- You'll get every stable release if you don't opt into "Labs tester" in settings.
- You'll get every intermediate test builds if you opt into "Labs tester" in settings.

Why not enable beta or alpha testing for the XDA app already on Google Play (in Google Developer Console) to get the Labs app?
AFAIK, because Google Playstore doesn't allow to distribute apps which provide an alternate store. If test build option could be enabled for Labs Play Edition (via Google Developer Console or any other ways), it would download the full version and won't be OK with Google's terms of use regarding Labs store.

More info:
- here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/labs-t3241866/post67334047

- here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/labs-t3241866/post66786668
 
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Yes:
- You'll get every stable release if you don't opt into "Labs tester" in settings.
- You'll get every intermediate test builds if you opt into "Labs tester" in settings.


AFAIK, because Google Playstore doesn't allow to distribute apps which provide an alternate store. If test build option could be enabled for Labs Play Edition (via Google Developer Console or any other ways), it would download the full version and won't be OK with Google's terms of use regarding Labs store.

More info:
- here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/labs-t3241866/post67334047

- here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/labs-t3241866/post66786668
@pbeckmann Thanks. Didn't know it includes an app store you can install other apps from. As an app dev I'm very aware of Google's policies.

And yes I'm a Labs tester. Thanks for the info about opening the Labs app, as I usually just open the Forum launcher Activity.
 

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It was not the priority when I posted . @Wood Man .. are the priorities changed now ? xD
 

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It was not the priority when I posted . @Wood Man .. are the priorities changed now ? xD

Ah so white, it's blinding!!

Anyway is the roadmap/list of priorities document open for public viewing? That way we can simply look at the priority list without repeatedly asking the same questions. The one in the OP doesn't seem to have been updated.
 
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Hey,

yes, XDA Labs will notify you about an update. But AFAiK you have to open the Labs part from time to time to get it. If you just read in the forum section, there is the possibility you'll miss it.

Greetings


@pbeckmann Thanks. Didn't know it includes an app store you can install other apps from. As an app dev I'm very aware of Google's policies.

And yes I'm a Labs tester. Thanks for the info about opening the Labs app, as I usually just open the Forum launcher Activity.
You'll be notified of an update whether you use the Forums launcher shortcut or Labs directly. If there are no updates and you have no new Quotes/Mentions, etc., the drawer will close.

Sent from my Nexus 5X using XDA Labs
 

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Ah so white, it's blinding!!

Anyway is the roadmap/list of priorities document open for public viewing? That way we can simply look at the priority list without repeatedly asking the same questions. The one in the OP doesn't seem to have been updated.
I'm not sure it would be ideal to show the priority part. Maybe folks will open a PUBLIC debate on the priority order and will clutter the thread for nothing? I think blk_jack and the backend guys know very well their job. So, no need to have the order as a possible discussion here IMHO. But having an updated list in OP#3 when necessary is welcome though. ;)
 

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Prasing error I believe.
A mention inside a URL tag doesn't work/format properly.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2329228

Screenshot attached to illustrate point.

That's correct, I don't think this particular case has already been mentioned here.

Testing:
- a mention inside an embedded URL: post by @Wood Man (badly displayed on Labs but OK on the website)
- a mention outside an embedded URL: post by @Wood Man

But I'm not sure if it's a bug, an intentional behaviour or a limitation of XDA Labs for now...
However it's a very minor issue :)

Logs attached (taken while testing on page 695)
 
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That's correct, I don't think this particular case has already been mentioned here.

Testing:
- a mention inside an embedded URL: post by @Wood Man (badly displayed on Labs but OK on the website)
- a mention outside an embedded URL: post [email protected] Man

But I'm not sure if it's a bug, an intentional behaviour or a limitation of XDA Labs for now...
However it's a very minor issue :)

Logs attached (taken while testing on page 695)
Even if it a minor issue, it's always good to report ;)
 
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Reporting here another minor issue.

When we use the share thread feature (tested with XDA Labs thread)

> From thread list (screenshot 1), the output url is for instance like this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/labs-t3241866
We get the default URL, OK.
1.jpg

> From a thread page (screenshot 2), the output url is for instance like this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/labs-t3241866/page720
We get the URL including the LAST page number. The problem is that it's always the last page number even if we are in another page.
2.jpg

So, here are 2 suggested solutions when we use the "share thread" feature within a thread page:
1- The URL should be the default one (without a page number), just like when we are in the thread list.
2- The URL should be the one with the correct page number, not the last page.

The problem with solution #2 is that we all know it's possible to change the number of posts shown by page on the website settings (screenshot 3) (works on the website only), so it won't match for web browser users if they click on a shared Labs link if they use the layout with 20, 30, 40 or 50 posts per page.
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    Hi folks, a quick update on some recent changes.

    We've successfully migrated the backend from Amazon to GCP. This includes an updated & more modern CI/CD that will improve the process to build/deploy the backend services. It also means we can scale and monitor those services better.

    The app itself is now also tied into a new build process which automatically signs and generates builds for testers. With that in place, we'll be able to get additional developers on board and have their contributions be merged in with proper testing to prevent regression issues.

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