ODK Collect v1.30 Beta: background recording

ODK Collect betas are an opportunity to get community feedback on upcoming releases. If you have an ongoing data collection campaign, we recommend quickly verifying your form on a test device. The release will be delayed until all reported issues are fixed.

Joining the beta program
To join the beta program, find ODK Collect in the Play Store on your device (not in the web browser) and scroll all the way down. Please don't join the beta with a device or account actively used for data collection! In particular, note that joining the beta is account-based. If you use the same Google account across multiple devices, do not join the beta with that account.

Leaving the beta program
You can leave the beta program from the bottom of the Play Store at any time. Once you leave, you will get the next production update when it is released. If you need to go back to the previous production release, uninstall and reinstall the app. Your settings will be reset but your forms will remain (though backups are always recommended).

What to check in this release

  • Background audio recording. To try the background audio recording, go to General Settings > Server > URL, enter https://demo.getodk.org as the URL and then Get Blank Form to get the demo form. Here is the form's XML source if you would like to try it on your own server: background-recording.xml.zip (1.5 KB). XLSForm support should be available in the next few days.
  • Locations from spoofing apps. Locations acquired while a location spoofing app is in use now always have an accuracy of 0. This means spoofing apps can still be used for form testing or demo purposes but their use can easily be detected in data analysis.

Additional testing
You can find a full list of changes in the release notes:

If betas go well, the release will go out around Monday February 22nd. Thanks to all testers for your help!

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