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Updates to the App - September 2019

When you next open up the GLOBE Observer app, you’ll be prompted to download a fairly substantial update (19.5 MB). Many of the changes are behind the scenes and most users won’t even notice a difference, such as a major rewrite of large sections of the code to bring it up to date. We also addressed a large number of minor enhancement requests, bug fixes and error handling. More noticeable changes to users will include:

  1. Improved compass accuracy for users who previously experienced compass offsets (the compass in the app not indicating the correct direction).
  2. Simplified surface conditions input – users will be able to use previously entered surface condition values (standing water, leaves on trees, etc.) if a second measurement is near (15 minutes and 100m) a previous measurement.
  3. Improved error handling for users who do not have a compass/magnetometer in their phone.
  4. Improved error handling for users who are offline.
  5. Improved consistency in how each tool in the app handles the data submission and review process
  6. Additional translations for Dutch and Thai.
  7. Remove the button for the temporary Eclipse tool.

If you have any specific questions, and of course any time you experience issues with the app, please let us know.

Animation showing update screens in the app



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