When the Helium Hotspot App first launched in 2019, we were designing for the Helium Hotspot in mind. Now that The People’s Network has grown to over 18,500 Hotspots with new third-party Makers, we wanted to change how the App interacted with a new family of Hotspots and how our community interacts with the App.
Our blog announcement last year signaled our intentions for the evolution — a companion app that simplifies, visualizes, and recommends.
Thanks to the feedback from our community and hard work of the Helium team, we’re excited to unveil a brand new Helium Hotspot App with a sleek new design today!
You may have seen some of our improvements already in Helium Explorer, such as features like the Hotspot Checklist and Hotspot Earnings, which were inspired by the changes in the original Helium Hotspot App and brought over to Explorer to understand user experience.
In addition to the Hotspot Checklist, we’ve put together some new features:
🌟 Easier to understand mining rewards
🌟 How your Hotspots are doing, at a glance
🌟 Trends of witnesses, challenges, and earnings over time
🌟 Support for additional Makers — Nebra and SyncroB.it
These new features will set the foundation for what’s to come and we’re so excited to share updates with you in the coming months. Check out our Roadmap to see what the team is working on.
As part of our global expansion, we’re also adding new language support to the App, starting with Chinese 🇨🇳, Japanese 🇯🇵, and Korean 🇰🇷. More languages will be added in the coming months!
Discovery Mode is a new feature that hopes to answer the age-old question “Is my Hotspot placement good? Can others hear me? How can I quickly test coverage?”
By placing a Hotspot in Discovery Mode, it effectively transforms into a device, sending packets in all directions and displaying on a map, which Hotspots heard yours. You’ll also be able to use Discovery Mode to see which antenna works best, which window or room will optimize mining rewards, and even compare Hotspots across Makers.