ArcGIS Collector

Collector for ArcGIS (Android) beta update

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday October 1st, we released a new beta version of Collector for ArcGIS on the Android platform. Just like our recent update at the end of August, this beta update has many exciting new capabilities.

If you were not aware of our current beta program, well now is a great time to join! You can join our Google Play beta directly but we really want you to join our Early Adopter Program first. From the EAP site, you see our road map, what you can test, read comments from other testers and provide our development team with valuable feedback as well.

So what’s included in this beta update…

Barcode Scanning

We have adding barcode scanning to Collector and just like on your iOS device, when you tap on a field, a button appears to open the camera.

Please note that barcode scanning has not been implemented within the search tool yet. That is coming soon.

Offline Enhancements

We’ve added some key missing capabilities into the offline story for this beta update:

High Accuracy GPS

With this update, we are deepening our integration with Trimble handhelds and receivers. Previously we only supported WAAS but with this update we are now supporting RTK corrections with R-series receivers. You will need to use the Trimble Mobile Manager app to establish an NTRIP correction source. You’ll find more details about the Trimble Mobile Manager app in our EAP site. We’ve also added support for sideloading grid-based transformations.

In addition to the updates mentioned above, we now support streaming of lines and polygons in the background, have made several UI refinements, and squashed a bunch of bugs. So please grab our latest beta release, take it for a test drive, and let us know what you think!

About the author

Jeff Shaner is a Senior Product Lead with the software products team at Esri. With 27 years experience, Jeff is focused on delivering apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively. In his spare time, you are likely to find Jeff on the golf course or hockey rink. 

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