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Release v3.2 is now available as beta...

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  • Release v3.2 is now available as beta...

    Hi Everyone,

    I hope you are having a good summer. The FTC Technology Team has been working on enhancements to the FTC software development kit and Android apps. Version 3.2, which includes support for the REV Robotics Expansion Hub, is now available as a beta release. Version 3.2 includes minor enhancements and fixes to improve system reliability and user experience. Version 3.2 also introduces an exciting feature referred to as the "OnBot Java" Development Tool.

    Similar to the Blocks Development tool, the OnBot Java tool allows a user to create, edit and build op modes using only a Javascript-enabled browser. This means that a user can program in Java without having to install Android Studio on their laptop.

    OnBot Java users have the same flexibility and have access to the same exact FTC SDK features and functions as Android Studio users have. Op modes are stored directly on the Robot Controller, and are built and dynamically loaded into the existing Android APK. Users do NOT have to keep rebuilding the Android FTC Robot Controller app whenever they change their op modes. Instead, the changed op mode gets rebuilt and reloaded into the existing APK.

    You can visit the beta branch of the public github repository to access the updated project: