GitHub for Android and iOS launches out of beta

Microsoft owned code sharing platform, GitHub has launched its native app for Android and iOS. The general availability of the app is good news for developers.

GitHub is primarily designed to help developers to remotely manage projects, it is used for collaborative programming also. The platform was launched way back in 2008 and has become immensely popular among developers. The mobile app was a long due for GitHub. The company announced the first native mobile app at its Universe Developer Conference in November 2019. The iOS app was introduced as a beta back then, the Android app was later launched in January 2020.

The company has made a lot of progress since the beta launch. According to GitHub’s director of engineering, Ryan Nystrom, the development team has fixed over 200 bugs, acted on over 400,000 notifications, and merged over 20,000 code changes. More than 60,000 beta testers have made 35,000 comments. In the past few weeks alone, beta testers reviewed, commented, and merged 100,000 pull requests and issues.

GitHub app’s home screen looks similar to the email inbox. You can swipe tasks to either save or mark them as complete. There is also an option to comment using an emoji, which comes handy to keep the project moving.

The primary function of letting users view the code is done on the App Store page. You can only view the code, there is no option to edit any code using an app.

GitHub is the massive developer platform with more than 40 million developers worldwide. It was acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion in June 2018.