Nextcloud Android app update with improved user interface and sharing

Today the Nextcloud Android team is proud to release version 3.2, which brings a new file detail view together with a large number of smaller user interface improvements and bug fixes. With almost 80 merged pull requests and over 35 resolved issue reports, this release is all about polishing and improving the user experience.

The new detail view for files has been updated to be more consistent with our web interface view. The design went through 4 different iterations with input from half a dozen contributors and many more testers, and attention was spend to details like using the same order in the file menu as is used in the web interface. A special thanks goes to long time contributor Andy Scherzinger who was the driving force behind the work on the new view!

Besides the big piece of user interface work, bug fixes related to end-to-end encryption, contacts backup, the upload view and the image viewer were included.

As always, you can get the Android client for free in the Google App Store or, with a short delay in F-Droid, and we look forward to your feedback!

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  1. @Andy and @mario the new sharing options have become more difficult to use.

    1. Tap to share a link via the checkbox
    2. Prompts to share the link before I’ve had time to tweak the settings
    3. No longer seemingly possible to get the link again without unsharing/sharing

    Furthermore, getting the share to hide file listings was not successful, after spending far too long looking for the option, I enabled it and returned to the web interface only to note it had edit permissions.

    Not a pleasant sharing experience at all.

  2. It is imho a general UX issue and it is hard to “guess” how to get the link after creation and should definitely be fixed :slight_smile:

  3. @JasonBayton fixed for 3.3.0 and already opened a backport for 3.2.1: https://github.com/nextcloud/android/pull/2730

    @jan rooted for keeping/having it this way. You can (now) still edit the link’s permissions/parameters afterwards and now either send (to any app) or copy the link to the clipboard :slight_smile:

  4. @jasonbayton @Andy good point – opening a whole dialog automatically is a bit weird. My original intention was to only automatically copy the share link to the clipboard and show a toast with that feedback (“Share link copied”). That way you don’t have an invasive popup and can directly paste. But if you do want direct sharing options, you can tap the copy icon next to it to get the popup.

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