QRZ App for Android now in Beta Testing

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Hooray! The updates to QRZ's Android App, formerly known as QRZDroid have been released and are available to those who are interested in trying it out. The app has a new name, now known as QRZ Assistant. There are a bunch of new features and a brand new look and feel that we're hoping our users will appreciate.

    To opt-in to the Beta Test program, please go to: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.qrz.database.callsign

    This release works on all Android phones having the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.1) and later. This covers more than 97% of all Android phones out there.

    We're still working on the program's help and other documentation, but for now the App is ready to explore. Here are a few screen shots of the new app.

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    Give it a try and let us know what you think. Replies to assistant@qrz.com please!

    73 -fred
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2018
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  2. W5PFG

    W5PFG Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    After accepting beta program and downloading, it crashes immediately upon opening. Samsung Galaxy S6. Android 7.0.
     
  3. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Please just run it again. We are having an occasional “first run” problem that corrects itself immediately.

    That’s why we’re beta testing and we really appreciate your report.

    73,

    -fred
     
  4. W5PFG

    W5PFG Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've killed the task and tried a few times. I'll reboot my phone now and try.

    I'm glad to see the Android app being updated. I know that it'll be hit once the kinks get worked out.
     
  5. W5PFG

    W5PFG Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Reboot didn't help.

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  6. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    We just uploaded a fix for the "first start" problem. Thanks again for your help.
    You should re-download the App from Google Play. The latest version is 22.
     
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  7. W5PFG

    W5PFG Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Success!

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  8. W0FW

    W0FW Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Works FB on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.....would prefer a dark screen instead of white, but that's just me.

    I do like it much better than the former version.
     
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  9. N0CEL

    N0CEL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow, Fred...I waited a little while this evening, to see if anyone else had went ahead and downloaded this, just to see how any users were progressing with the new (beta) testing on this app. I am actually quite impressed. I just downloaded the v22 as you had suggested to W5PFG, and wow...this is really cool :cool: So far this version seems stable on my Android, which was just purchased about 3 weeks ago, by my daughter, who, in turn, gave it to me (she was not "happy" with it). As the good book says, "If it ain't broke...don't fix it" :) I will post if anything happens to go sideways in the next few days (hopefully not) Best 73 and TY all @ QRZ! Carl de NØCEL
     
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  10. LA6VQ

    LA6VQ Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Fred, I have used QRZDroid for some years on various Android phones, currently a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The updated QRZ Assistant works like a charm. No issues at all, with a small area for possible improvement. Smooth download/update, opens on first attempt, all windows and links work and look good. The bearing compass "shakes" when the heading is not fixed to North, even when left on a table, and it shakes more than the phone's GPS compass from Melon Soft. The "shaking" compass may be something to look into. Otherwise a big improvement.

    73 Frode LA6VQ
     
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