ODK Collect betas are an opportunity to get community feedback on upcoming releases. During the beta period, we will also go through Testing checklists which are being developed.
Joining the beta program
To join the beta program, find ODK Collect in the Play Store and scroll all the way down. Please don't join the beta with a device or account actively used for data collection! In particular, note that joining the beta is account-based. If you use the same Google account across multiple devices, do not join the beta with that account.
Leaving the beta program
You can leave the beta program from the bottom of the Play Store page at any time. Once you leave, you will get the next production update once it is released. If you need to go back to the previous production release, uninstall and reinstall the app. Your settings will be reset but your forms will remain (though backups are always recommended).
What to check in this release
The upcoming release, v1.10.0, once again focuses on bug fixes and code modernizing. It will go out on the Play Store on Sunday unless any problems are found.
Changes in v1.10.0 to verify:
sort and search options on form list screens (Edit Saved Form, Send Finalized Form, Get Blank Form) have been modernized. This has been verified on older Android versions but if you use older devices it would be helpful to get an extra check.
barcode scanning now is in portrait mode and has a button for turning on the flashlight. It would be good to try this on a range of devices. Comment below if you find any problems.
the form exit dialog that shows up when a user presses the back button while filling out a form has been updated to be clearer.
form metadata username can now be linked to server username. Try this out from General Settings > User and device identity > Form metadata > Use server username. This is now the default behavior for new installs of Collect.
Full release notes are on GitHub.
@Nader I remember you mentioned trying to break ODK -- beta testing is a great opportunity to help out by breaking it! Please describe any problems found in the comments below.