A few weeks ago, we released the first public beta of StatusNet’s dedicated desktop client for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
We’re still working on bug fixes and improvements, but we’ve also been working on a mobile version, which runs on Android and iPhone/iOS platforms (Blackberry support isn’t ready yet in the Titanium cross-platform runtime we’re using, but it should come along in a few months). If you’re really brave you can dive into the source code, but we’re in the middle of major restructurings and UI design so it’s not really usable yet. :)
Once we get the UI polished up in the next week or so, we are going to need some testers to help make sure things work on different devices, different OS versions, at different screen sizes, with different servers, etc…
If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch and want to test without being a developer yourself, you’ll need to find your device’s UDID number and send it to us; due to the way Apple’s code signing works you won’t be able to install the beta distribution unless your device’s ID was included when building the signing key.
Android users will only need to ensure that “Unknown sources” is checked in Application settings, which allows installing apps from the web as well as from the Android Market. (Some models unfortunately don’t allow changing this setting, in which case you may need to root your phone to get the beta running. Sorry!)
Particular things we’re looking for…
- older iPhone 2G, 3G devices still running iPhoneOS 3
- Android phones running older OS versions (1.6 or later; 1.5 does not work with our runtime)
- Android devices with unusual screen sizes:
- small low-res screens (less than 320×480)
- larger tablet devices