Join the Sendy Beta!

Timothy Omare
Jan 27 · 4 min read

Since the Sendy mobile applications first launched, more than 60,000 users have installed them — more than 50,000 users from the Google Play Store and more than 10,000 users from the App Store. This figure is growing by the day and to meet our users’ needs, we have continued to improve and innovate around the features our platform provides as well as fix reported bugs.

While we do this, we want to make sure that our apps are stable and are working well for all our users. To ensure this happens, we’re launching the Beta Testing Programme.

What is a Beta?

A beta is an environment that allows real world users to interact with our products before they are officially released. A beta tester evaluates the software in terms of ease of use, reliability and functionality. The feedback users share help us refine our software before release.

The Beta Pipeline

Usually, after development, our features and fixes are pushed to the beta channel before being promoted to the live channel. In between, our internal team thoroughly tests and validates the releases across a wide variety of devices. The aim of this is to fix bugs and other glitches.

With the beta programme, our apps will stay longer in the beta, be installed on more devices, and we will have more feedback before the apps are available to everyone. The idea is to listen to our customers and try get as much information from them about new features as we can. Also, sometimes our own internal testing isn’t enough, and it’ll help us stabilise our apps even further.

We know that data, battery usage, storage space and speed are important to our users. These will be considerations for optimisation during the beta process. When you join the Sendy Beta you help us improve our software experience across all these metrics, and you get early access to some of the new features we’re developing before we release them to the public.

We have an open beta which everyone can join on their own, and a closed beta for more experimental features. You need to be explicitly added to the closed beta.

I want to join the Closed Beta

If you want to help us out and join the Sendy Beta, suggest improvements and even help us shape our future releases, please us this link to register.

This is a closed beta, meaning that the new updates and releases will only be available to users who explicitly joined the programme.

I want to join the Open Beta

Unlike the closed beta, our open beta is available to everyone. You can join by following these simple steps.

  1. Launch Google play store app on your phone.
  2. Search for Sendy app, or use this link to go there directly.
  3. Scroll down the page. You will see a “Join the Beta” button.
  4. Tap on the button to join the program.
  1. Download TestFlight application from the app store. TestFlight is developed by Apple to help in testing beta applications. You can find it using this link.
  2. After installing TestFlight, click on this link on your iPhone to join.

I joined, how do I opt out?

Click here then tap on “Leave Program”. You will need to uninstall the beta app from your phone.

Note that even after uninstalling, you can easily switch to the non beta app by downloading and reinstalling it from the Play Store.

You can also follow the steps below to leave the programme:

  1. Launch Google Play Store app on your phone.
  2. Search for Sendy app, or use this link to go there directly.
  3. Scroll down the page. You will see a “Leave Beta” button.
  4. Tap on the button to leave
  1. Open the Testflight app that was used to install and update Sendy App.
  2. Tap on Sendy App from the list of apps that you are testing.
  3. Scroll to the bottom part of the page and tap on “Stop testing”
  4. You are now out of the beta program. If you want to you use our production app (non-beta), you will need to download it from the App Store.

Finally

We want to hear from you! 🙂 We would love to hear your experience when interacting with early releases. What’s not working for you, what is working for you, what new features would you like to see?

Please send an email to beta@sendyit.com to provide any feedback you have.

Have a great week!

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Timothy Omare

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QA Engineer at Sendy, Football Player, Son, Brother, Husband and above all a believer. Continuously learning. Loves live. Lives for humanity.

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