Summer is upon us, bringing with it the sweet smell of BBQ, a warm breeze at night, and tons of fresh updates to all our HipChat apps. Whether in the office or globe trotting, improvements and new features across desktop and mobile apps will make your working life more relaxing from anywhere.
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Yesterday, we woke up filled with excitement as we prepared to unveil the new Windows 4.0 app to you, our users. However our excitement faded quickly away when the rapid adoption of Windows 4.0 overloaded our platform.
As we watched the East Coast of the U.S. wake up, demand for the new app exceeded our expectations and caused message delays across our platform – reducing normal message volume by 7%. This interrupted your team’s ability to collaborate and build incredible things, and that’s not okay.
It’s been an exciting week here at HipChat. Our HipChat Developer Week is in full swing, bringing together developers from top companies like New Relic and Meekan to create new, powerful integrations.
And what were they up to, you ask? We gave Fast Company an inside look into what all the hype is about.
Hold onto your boot straps, ladies and gentleman. HipChat for Android 3.2 has hit the Google Play Store, and it’s filled with new features and optimized for speed.
With this Android update, we’ve added features that help you work faster while on-the-go, like the ability to reply to chats from a notification, or create rooms on the fly. And for you tablet lovers, we’ve optimized the layout for tablet devices.
On the heels of its Material Design release earlier this summer, HipChat is rolling out another round of improvements to please die-hard Android fans.
We built HipChat for instant communication. HipChat slash commands are a set of time-saving tricks to get the most out of HipChat without reaching for your mouse.
Navigate HipChat, add styling to your text, and edit messages – all with a slash.
HipChat is all about connecting teams in the office, but we also have you covered when you’re on the go. We have a new update for serious Android fans (and for not so serious fans). On the surface, you’ll notice we’ve pulled in material design. But we didn’t just slap on a new coat of paint, we re-architected the whole darn thing to be entirely native, and while we were at it, added stream compression (because we’re going for extra credit on this assignment).
We’ve got some Android news to share regarding some recent updates and fixes.
The HipChat Android lab has been busy. They’ve been twisting some knobs and building code; there may have been a few guys in lab coats cheering at their monitors. There were high fives everywhere. That’s all we can tell you.
Big stuff is getting done; breakthroughs are happening. The redesigned Android build is coming along nicely, but till then, we wanted to update the current version with some patch fixes:
- Fixed: The menu options are back when you use your tablet’s landscape option.
- Misc. startup related crash fixes.
- Fixed a bug preventing a user’s avatar and title from appearing on the info tab in a 1:1 conversation. Don’t worry – no one forgot you were Assistant (to the) Regional Manager.
I mean, this guy is a big fan:
Get your point across with 68%* fewer keystrokes than ever before
We’ve all been there. Your team rapport doesn’t change just because you’re out of the office. But typing canonical strings on a tiny keyboard is a thankless task. Most of us lose momentum halfway through an emoticon command on mobile.
We’re happy to report that lazy days are here again. So download the latest native Android app and start using emoticon autocomplete to share all the new emoticons we recently released – now in retina.
Get HipChat for Android 2.4.2 in the Play Store.
*Not a fact.
Today we’re rolling out the 2.4 update to HipChat for Android. It may have taken us some time to get this one out, but it will be worth the wait. Not much will look different, but we’re sure you’ll notice some changes. The app will launch faster, show your chat history sooner, and take less time to connect. We’re working towards using less of your precious data and battery and this update is a big step in that direction.
We also added a couple of other improvements. All of your custom emoticons are more discoverable now with emoticon autocomplete. Just start typing an emoticon and pick from the list. Typing an especially long message won’t be painful anymore — you no longer need to read it 2 lines at a time. The box will grow as you type!
New: Emoticon autocomplete (awyeah)
Improved: Performance for loading active chats and messages
Improved: Faster history loading
Improved: Less data usage and better battery performance
Improved: Message box grows with your message
Improved: Notifications are easier to read on Android Wear devices.
Fixed: No more mysteriously reappearing 1-to-1 conversations
Improved: Want your times shown in 24 hour format? (yougotitdude)