ownCloud 4.3.0 for Android

Hello everyone! :wave:

The long-awaited moment has arrived to introduce the new version of our app, with a bunch of exciting improvements :partying_face:. Version 4.3.0 of the ownCloud Android app is here! :100:


  • New minimum Android version: as we already announced in the previous release, 4.2.X was the latest version with support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23). Starting with 4.3.0, the minimum Android version will be Android 7.0 Nougat (API 24).

  • New feedback channels: from now on, communication with the Android team will be different. A new dialog has been added to handle feedback from users, in which they will be able to choose between filling out a survey, writing a post in the open forum Central, chatting with us on Rocket.Chat or creating a issue on GitHub.

Let’s take a look at the main new stuff you’ll find in 4.3.0:

“Manage accounts” view

In this release, we have put a lot of effort into the “Manage accounts” view, adding new features, optimizing what we already had, and improving the design. These are the changes introduced:

New design

By clicking on the avatar, a new dialog with the accounts management controls will be opened, substituting the separate view that was opened previously. In addition, the “Manage accounts” view will now only be accessible from your avatar, and will no longer be accessible from the drawer menu. In this way, we concentrate access in one single place.

Simplifying the view

The view is now simpler after removing two options and making their corresponding actions automatic.
On the one hand, the key button is no longer available, since if you lose your credentials, the application will notify you so that you can log in again.
On the other hand, the round arrow icon has also been removed. It was responsible of discovering all the files in the account. This is now automatically done in background the first time you log in with your account.

New option: manual clean up of local storage

A broom icon (see previous screenshot) has been added for each account in the “Manage accounts” view to clean them up. This means that all the downloaded files from that account that are not available offline will be removed from the device’s storage by clicking on this new icon.

Automatic clean up of local storage

Following the previous feature, we kept improving how files are cleaned up. A new setting has been added in the “Advanced” section to automatically remove downloaded files (not available offline) for every account from the device’s storage, when the time since their last usage exceeds the selected time in the setting.

Support for URL shortcut files

A new option has been added in the floating button to create a shortcut file with a .url extension. When the file is clicked, the URL will be opened in the browser.

Password generator for public links

Passwords for public links can now be generated via a new automatic generator in Infinite Scale accounts.

Search in spaces list

Spaces are already one of the strengths of the app, always open to be improved. In this release, we added the search option in the spaces list, so that now it’s possible to look for spaces that contain certain words in their name.

Remove dialog improvements

To improve the user experience, a thumbnail of the file being removed has been added to the dialog, in order to give the user a clearer idea of which file they are dealing with. This is useful when the file name is meaningless or non-friendly, such as numerical names. The number of files to be removed in a multiple selection has also been added.

Clear data from device’s settings

Application can be now totally reset by clicking the button in the device settings.

Bugfixes and other improvements

This new version includes some bugfixes too. For example, video files located in spaces can now be played in streaming correctly. Also, and this is a bit of a spoiler for what’s coming in the next release, we’ve started working on making the app more accessible. A lot of the content in the next release will be focused on this area.

How can I enable logs in the ownCloud Android app?

Before starting trying to break the app, it’s very important and useful for us, the developers, to have a record of what’s happening in case the app misbehaves. Due to this, enabling logs and sending them to us is the best way of help improving the app and offering the best user experience.

Enabling logs

By default, logging is disabled. To activate them, you have to go to Settings > Logging > Enable logging. Since the moment they are on, logs will keep track of every event occurring in the app. These DON’T include user’s sensitive information, so they can be used safely.

Watching and sharing log files

Once logging is enabled and some actions have been performed within the app, log files will be created. To see them, you have to go to Settings > Logging > Log files. There, you can easily share them tapping on the share icon.

How can I send my feedback to ownCloud developers?

If you find a bug or want to make any suggestions, please participate in one of these channels:

– Fill out our feedback survey: https://owncloud.com/android-app-feedback

– Open a new issue on GitHub: https://github.com/owncloud/android/issues

– Open a new topic on central: https://central.owncloud.org

– Start a conversation on Rocket.Chat: https://talk.owncloud.com/channel/mobile

Your feedback would be highly appreciated!

Enjoy the new 4.3.0 version :beers: