After our last Swapit beta 8, we silently launched a beta 8.1 right after that. Then we had planned to launch beta 8.2 shortly after that as well, but the changes got so big, so significant, that it became our official Swapit beta 9.
Swapit beta 9 can now be downloaded from Google Play.
Just go to http://get.swapit.la and get it now!
So what’s new in our beta 9? Let me get right to that.
18 New Categories
With this beta, we are introducing 18 new categories and are slightly re-organizing our existing ones. We are also introducing the concept of premium categories on top of our normal categories. In total, we are now offering 22 different categories, you can post your stuff in, or you can filter by, when searching for items.
- Consumer Electronics (formerly “Gadgets”)
- Baby & Maternity (formerly just “Baby”)
- NEW Books & Magazines
- NEW Toys & Games
- NEW Home, Garden & Tools
- NEW Jewellery & Watches
- NEW Beauty & Health
- NEW Sports & Outdoors
- NEW Food & Drinks
- NEW Home Appliances
- NEW Computers, Tablets & Accessories
- NEW Mobile Phones & Accessories
- NEW Cameras & Photo
- NEW Artwork & Antiques
- NEW Tickets & Vouchers
- NEW Pets & Supplies
- NEW Properties PREMIUM
- NEW Yachts & Boats PREMIUM
- NEW Cars & Motorcycles PREMIUM
- NEW Debentures & Memberships PREMIUM
While it sounds rather simple to add new categories, we actually had to deal with many forward thinking approaches. The future is bright, it comes with many opportunities and Swapit is ready for change — big change!
Chinese 中文 Language Support 啦!
Since beta 1 of Swapit it was possible to post items with Chinese title and description. Swapit was built from the ground-up with multi-language support. This does not just include Chinese, by the way.
Now, we have finally gotten around to translate the app itself into Chinese. We have seen a lot interest from the local Chinese community and now it is time to cater to all of you as well. We are sure you will love it.
This does, by the way, also apply to the app presentation (description, screen shots, etc.) on the Google Play store. Head over there now and check it out: http://get.swapit.la
Facebook Group Sharing – Reach 20k Potential Buyers Instantly
In our last beta we introduced easy sharing of items to your Facebook timeline. Now, we added capabilities to share your items into Facebook groups. At the moment, we are working with three groups that have over 20,000 members locally here in Hong Kong, which expands the reach of potential buyers dramatically. We will be adding more groups soon to increase the potential reach even more.
There were also several minor improvements to the user interface, layouts and performance, as well as bug fixes, which made its way into this beta 9. More improvements are still to come. Stay tuned and do reach out to us, should you have suggestions. We’d love to hear from you!
Want to check out Swapit? Go to http://get.swapit.la and download it for free.