Summer has ended and we have had a pretty nice time (despite things) and are now getting into the mode of releasing this. Development has moved on even during the crazy long Swedish summer days but we have run into more issues that we anticipated. One never learns that doing stuff you never done before is, pretty hard. Maybe we have now… or not.
In the process iOS8 has been released, something that is great for us. We always wanted to do a broad beta-test of the system. Something that prior to iOS8 has not been possible on iOS. Beta testing on iOS is now much simpler and allows for up to 1000 testers instead of previous 100. The problem being that it is yet only open for 25 internal testers. The full system is quote,”Coming soon”.
On Android beta testing is possible as we are not forced to distribute the App via Google play. There are other problems, but at least it’s not about how many that can test it.
So what we are doing right now is working on the last things before we can actually do a real beta test.
Now for the sad part. 1000 testers on iOS is nowhere near enough for all funders with iOS to get access to a beta. Specially as getting access to a messaging app before everyone else is useless as you at least need one friend to message. So giving 1000 random people access does not work. We need people to actually use Hemlis be able to know if things are working as they are supposed to. Beta testing is about helping us finish the system, not about getting early access.
How exactly we are going to make this as fair as possible and also work out the kinks is still something we really don’t know. In reality most of you can’t get access to the beta. Sure, we never promised any funders access to a beta (we knew it was not possible to do on iOS) but it has always been our goal to give funders access earlier if it was possible. But we have to live with what can be done.
The chance of registering a username early will obviously be available for the funders who should get that regardless of how the beta will work.