What's New with Thunkable? May 2023 Product Updates

Thunkable is always putting out product updates and new features to make sure we have the best no code app builder out there. These are the May 2023 updates.
Written by
Elizabeth Ventresca
Published on
June 6, 2023

Hello again, Thunkable Creators!  

This month, we’re thrilled to share a brand new component, the first of many updates to our Google Maps blocks, a fresh batch of new video tutorials, and some developer news to enhance your no code app development journey.

Keep reading to see what’s new in Thunkable! ⬇️

The Layout Component is Now Aavailable!

Fresh from private testing, the Layout component is now available to all Thunkers using our Drag and Drop builder!

layout component now available in thunkable

What Does This Mean for You?

This feature, which is similar to rows and columns in our Snap to Place builder, allows Creators to precisely position components within containers. The Layout component is a game-changer for quickly aligning multiple components, defining UI behavior across different screen sizes, and much more!

Learn all about the new Layout component in our docs.

Who Is This Available To? 

The new Layout component is available to all our Creators, regardless of their plan! Please keep in mind that this feature is still listed as Beta testing, so please reach out if you have any feedback

We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our cohort of private testers, who helped us fine-tune the Layout component through all of their amazing feedback. If you’d like to join our group of testers to get access to the newest Thunkable innovations, keep an eye out in the Community for other opportunities!

Take Google Maps to a New Level in Your App

We have added a new capability to the Google Maps block: GeoJSON! With this update, you can now tailor your map experience by using a GeoJSON file to add regions of layered content right within your app.

google maps geojson in thunkable drag and drop app builder

What Does This Mean for You?

To enhance map experiences for your app users, we are allowing Creators to insert a GeoJSON file within blocks to overlay onto a selected map component. Add geographic data to Google Maps in your app to create engaging and informative map-based applications.

Want to know exactly how this works? Check out our docs.

Who Is This Available To? 

Creators on any subscription tier have access to this right in their project. If you would like to elevate your app with this GeoJSON capability and release it to the marketplace, upgrade to the Pro plan and publish to the Google Play Store or App Store.

⏰ Upcoming Google Play Store Deadlines: API Level 33 ⏰

Google has released upcoming deadlines for apps in the Google Play Store to target the latest Android level.

google play store deadline api level 33 upcoming

What Does This Mean for You?

If you’re either looking to publish or update an Android app, here is what you need to know about the upcoming August 31, 2023 deadline:

  • New apps and app updates will be required to target Android 13/ API level 33 by August 31, 2023.
  • Existing apps need to target Android 12/ API level 31 by August 31, 2023 to remain available to users on devices running Android OS higher than your app's target API level. All Android apps published with Thunkable currently target Android 12.

Read all the details from Google here.

Who Is This Available To? 

This deadline only impacts Creators who plan to publish or have previously published an Android app to the Google Play Store. 

At the moment, no action is required from Creators. Our team is working diligently to meet this deadline and will keep you updated if any action is needed by you. 

Once this update is available within Thunkable, we will send you an email letting you know it’s time to republish. All you’ll need to do is log in and republish your app to keep it current in the Google Play Store! 

Ready to Join Our Community of No Code Creators?

The Thunkable Community is a global network of Creators who use Thunkable to make their app ideas come to life. We’re fortunate to have an engaged community to beta test features, answer questions from other Creators, and share their apps with us. Sign up today and join our worldwide, no code community!

Interested in seeing what’s possible with Thunkable? Book a meeting and discover why we’re the best no code app builder around.

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Written by
Elizabeth Ventresca

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