Science Journal graduating from Google and moving over to Arduino. The Google versions of Science Journal will no longer be supported after December 11, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Arduino's Science Journal app different from Google's Science Journal app?
Yes, Arduino's version of Science Journal will have an updated look and feel and is a separate app in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Moving forward, all new features and improvements will take place in the Arduino version of Science Journal.
Will my existing data be available in Arduino's Science Journal app?
Since Google's version of Science Journal and Arduino's version of Science Journal are separate apps, any existing experiments in the Google version of Science Journal will not appear automatically when you first open the new Arduino version of the app. To access your existing experiments in the new Arduino version, experiments need to be manually exported and imported into the new app. Learn more about exporting and importing.
Why is the Science Journal app moving from Google to Arduino?
Google has decided to no longer support the development of the Science Journal app. However, Science Journal is open source, so the code that powers the app is available for anyone to use on Github (Android, iOS). Due to Arduino's existing experience with Science Journal and long-standing commitment to hands-on science and open source, Google has agreed to transfer ownership of the open source project over to Arduino, and they will be continuing to support and improve Science Journal moving forward.
Will Science Journal remain free and open source now that it's owned by Arduino?
Absolutely! Arduino has committed to keeping the Science Journal app free and open source.
Do Arduino's Science Journal apps have the same features as Google's Science Journal apps?
Yes! The new Arduino versions of the apps still allow you to measure the world around you using the capabilities that are built into your phone, tablet, and Chromebook. Furthermore, Arduino will be providing better integration between Science Journal and their existing Arduino products, and over time they will continue adding new features to enable students to conduct and document science experiments.
Note that Arduino's Science Journal apps do not yet support signing in with your Google account to enable syncing with Google Drive. This will be coming in a future update of their apps.
What happens once Google's Science Journal apps are no longer supported?
On December 11, 2020, a number of changes will be made to Google's Science Journal apps, including:
- The apps will no longer appear in the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS), so it will not be possible to install the app on new devices.
- The apps will no longer sync with Google Drive, so experiments will not be available across devices.
- The apps will not receive any further updates, so any existing issues or missing functionalities will remain unchanged.
Please note that Google's Science Journal apps will not be automatically removed from existing devices once the app is no longer supported. All of the current features of the app will still be accessible, and experiments could still be exported from the app.
What happens to my existing data once Google's Science Journal apps are no longer supported?
Your existing experiments will remain on your device as long as Google's Science Journal app is installed on your device. Furthermore, as long as Google's Science Journal app is installed on your device, you can continue to conduct experiments and export and import data, though your data will no longer sync with Google Drive. However, after December 11, 2020, if you uninstall Google's Science Journal app from your device, your experiments will be deleted and there will be no way to reinstall the app.