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HipChat for Android 3.2 is up to 50% faster and filled with new features

2 weeks ago Seth Gholson 2 Comments

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.

The express: Speed and reliability

We all hate waiting for apps to load and/or connect, so we’ve made our app faster and more reliable than ever. In fact, it’s up to 50% faster to connect. (awyeah)

We’ve done a lot of work on the architecture of the app to make sure you can access your important chats right away. You’ll notice (or not notice) better stability and connection speed because we’ve improved the way our app reconnects behind the scenes.

Room service: Notification “quick reply”

While the new app is faster than ever, you don’t even need to worry about opening it with our new “quick reply” feature. Now you can reply to your teammates right from notifications, meaning you can stay in whatever app (or lockscreen!) you were in.

HipChat for Android app

That means less context switching and a more efficient work flow. Don’t let that urgent message from Mel in finance get in the way of Amazon’s lightning deal on real-life tophats. Afterall, you’re hella classy.

VIP lounge: Room creation and invites

Now you can create rooms and invite teammates to join from your app. Need a dog gif room immediately? Get ‘er done.

Since mobile apps are made for on-the-go communication, we think you should have all the tools you need to get work done from wherever you are.

Extra leg room: Optimized tablet experience

Are you a tablet user? This one’s for you. We’ve improved the tablet layout to take advantage of the larger screen space.

HipChat for Android tablet

Important buttons and actions are now visible on your screen, making the tablet experience easier and smoother whether you’re working in an office, or on the beach in Hawaii (we hope it’s the latter).

Room with a view: File-viewer

Working on-the-go means you need work information to be right at your fingertips. Now you can open any file within the HipChat app.

HipChat for Android tablets

We’ve added advanced viewing actions, as well as the ability to share with teammates in HipChat or send files to other apps.

HipChat for Android file viewer


We believe that mobile is a crucial part of modern team communication, which is why we’ve focused on making Android 3.2 work better and more intuitively with your entire work flow. This new version is just one improvement among many to come, and we’re excited for you to try it out!

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Until next time, HipChatters! (salute)

Bring all the news to you with RSS, Facebook & Twitter integrations

HipChat integrations with RSS, Facebook, Twitter

You work hard enough, so be lazy for a hot minute and let the news come straight to you. You can now pipe your favorite RSS feeds, Facebook pages, and Twitter handles and hashtags into any HipChat room. And since rooms are a disposable asset, you can use this integration to keep up with Cat Fancy news, if that’s your thing.

Really simple syndication in HipChat

HipChat integrations with RSS, Twitter, Facebook

Our newest additions to the HipChat integrations family, RSS Feed and Facebook, make sure your team is always in-the-know. Keep tabs on competitors, clients, and press. Or, just create your own room to get all the news and updates you want. (We all need a break from work.)

The integrations are simple to set up. RSS, Facebook, and Twitter can all be installed from your integrations page. If you are the admin of a room, just click the three dots in the upper right corner and click Integrations. From there, you can easily add the integrations you want.

Integrations with Facebook and Twitter allow you to get tweets and Facebook posts right in your HipChat rooms. You’ll know the second anything important happens on social media.

The RSS integration lets you enter any RSS feed and receive updates in your HipChat room. To get you started, we’ve gathered some popular RSS feeds that we thought you’d dig:

RSS integration on HipChat

Twitter integration on hipchat

Emoticon throwdown – HipChat sticker packs are here

2 months ago Wesley Faulkner 1 Comment

Earlier this month, we unleashed emoticon anarchy when we made it possible for anyone to add a custom emoticon to their HipChat group. Thanks for keeping things SFW. Now we’re going to make your emoticon game even more awesome – HipChat now supports emoticon packs.

The packs are just zip files of images, so create your own, and then share them with the world.

Meet your first pack, brought to you by Major League Gaming

Our first pack comes from the incredible team at Major League Gaming – the global leader in eSports. They’ve graciously shared 13 of their custom HipChat emoticons with all of us.

HipChat's Major League Gaming emoticon pack

To get the MLG pack, just download this zip file, and add it to your group’s emoticon list.

On our team, we’ve had a good time using (letsgo) to get meetings started, and (jason) when an idea is about to get murdered. Share with us how you’ve used them in the comments, or link us to your packs so we can try them out.

Thanks to you, emoticon limit is raised to 500!

Just last month we gave emoticon-creating powers to everyone (not just admins), and it was the dawn of a new era:

HipChat custom emoticons

But there was one, big problem: the emoticon limit.

HipChat custom emoticons

So, we turned to you. On Twitter, we asked for your retweets in return for upping the emoticon limit.

HipChat custom emoticons

And man, did you come through. You raised the emoticon limit from 100 to a whopping 500! Mathematically, that’s 5 times the fun.

We’re stoked, and we hope you are, too. In the emoticon spirit, we pulled this oldie but goodie video out to give you a good laugh (or maybe an idea or two on how to use emoticons for…everything). Enjoy!

Ready to create your own emoticons? Learn more!

Android 3.1 gets better support for Wear, pretty faces, and GIFV

2 months ago Seth Gholson 0 Comments

HipChat for Android Wear

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.

HipChat is first to support Android Wear

First up, HipChat is bringing our leading team communication app to your wrist. Android 3.1 is tightly integrated with Android Wear. The latest update lets Wear users receive messages and reply with a dictated answer or quick-reply with common emoticons like or .

Visual refresh with Avatars

Beyond support for Android Wear, HipChat is also updating the Android experience with avatars. It’s a small design decision that personalizes communication even when you’re away from your desk.

HipChat Android avatars

Of course, some delight

When teams adopt HipChat as their primary communication platform something special happens. They become more productive and have more fun. As a result, technology can help build team culture. The culture piece is as important as the productivity piece. So we added support for GIFV files in Android 3.1.

Go ahead and share that link from imgur and gfycat. It will render properly in HipChat with minimal lag time and won’t burn through your data plan. We suggest prancing goat gifs to combat the mid-afternoon energy slump.

HipChat for Android

HipChat iOS 3.3 – Back from the mechanic

3 months ago Chris Gibbs 6 Comments

HipChat iOS app 3.3

HipChat for iOS version 3.3 is available in the App Store today – grab it while the bits are hot! We’ve been hard at work on some changes under the hood to keep everything running smoothly for you. This work lays the foundation for more awesome stuff to come in the next few months, and we’ve added a few new things we think you’ll like until then.

What’s new?

Upload your new avatar photo right from your iPhone! Avatars are coming to the chat view very soon, so get your selfie on and update that profile pic.

Speaking of images, you’ll notice a new upload progress indicator so you can count down the milliseconds before your teammates see your latest cat GIF. Oh, and there’s a cancel button, too. Just in case you chose the wrong image on accident…

HipChat iOS app 3.3

We’ve also built a new connection status bar into the app to let you know if the iOS app has trouble connecting. After all, sometimes the nation’s largest network is just no match for trains and elevators.

If you do find yourself HipChatting from a train or elevator, though, 3.3 includes an entirely new system for reconnecting after losing connection. We can’t guarantee you’ll always have a signal, but now HipChat will be much more reliable in reconnecting after it’s been lost. (Who designed elevators like Faraday cages anyways?)

What does this mean for you? More chatting, less waiting.

We’ve also added some big performance boosts. When resuming the app from the background messages will appear on screen faster after HipChat connects, and searching through active chats is now a much smoother experience – even with large organizations with tons of rooms and people.

If the HipChat iOS app were a car, we basically gave it a new engine and transmission.

And one more thing… PDFs are now fully searchable! Quickly jump to the important sections in that 100 page PDF from HR and save yourself a lot of reading and scrolling.

HipChat iOS app with PDF search

The iOS app is back from the mechanic and ready to get some awesome new features over the coming months, so keep an eye out. Until then, grab version 3.3 on the App Store today!

Customizable room notifications now in beta (boom)

3 months ago Mark Lozano 19 Comments

HipChat per-room notifications

We think choice is a great thing. Like choosing breakfast for dinner, rocking a sweat suit at work, or even…(drumroll)…notifications in the HipChat rooms you want.

Today we’re releasing a beta version of per-room notifications in the HipChat web app. Turn down the volume in rooms that aren’t critical to you so you only get mentions. Or go nuts and turn up the volume in another room to get notifications for every message.

HipChat Per-Room Notifications

Now you can choose between loud (get notifications for every message), normal (get notifications for @all, @here, and @yourname), and quiet (just @yourname).

Not interested in customizing each of your rooms? Good news: These three options now exist at a global level too in your Settings, giving you more control than you had before. You can now prioritize the notifications that are the most important to you.

So go try it out! Log into our website with your HipChat credentials. Launch the web app, go to the room you want to adjust notifications for and click on the bell.

Customize to your heart’s content. All we ask is that you let us know what you think of the beta – especially any issues you run into.

Let us know in the comments below or through the web app (click the question mark in the top right corner > click Provide Feedback). Once it’s polished up, we’ll make sure it gets to the other apps.

Here’s to more effective team communication! And to letting you concentrate on what’s most important.

P.S. Speaking of customizing HipChat, have you checked out the new appearance customization options?

Customize HipChat to fit all your moods

3 months ago Evan Michner 12 Comments

Feeling emo? Go dark. Feeling chipper? Brighten it up. Love seeing your teammates’ pearly whites? Bring on the avatars. Can’t stand another look? Enter into our faceless world.

The point? We’ve made HipChat appearance customizable so you can feel right at home in your HipChat app. We’re giving you the controls to set your theme, adjust text density, add or remove avatars, and show either names or mentions. Ah, the freedom!

We’re testing this out in our new web app as a beta so we can gather your feedback. Let us know in the comments below or through the web app (click the question mark in the top right corner > click Provide Feedback).

To check it out, open the HipChat web app and go to your Settings tab. Then, let your mood take you away.

HipChat Customize Appearance

We all have two sides to us. So, go ahead, choose between a dark or light background.

HipChat customize appearance

HipChat customize appearance
We’ve also allowed you to change your chat view through density, avatars, and names. See how different experiences can look:

HipChat Customize Appearance

Customize Appearance on HipChat

Now we want to know, what do you think? If you’re digging what we’re giving, let us know, and we’ll make it a permanent fixture!


Windows & Linux Release 2.2.1388 Release

3 months ago Evan Michner 23 Comments

Hey Windows and Linux users, we’ve got some updates for you (and some cool news at the end, so hang around).

Stuff we fixed:

  • Room topic changes weren’t appearing properly. Now they are.
  • Editing settings on Linux would cause it to crash. Now it won’t.
  • Sometimes large images would cause it to crash. Now they won’t.
  • When you changed a room’s privacy, that wasn’t reflected immediately. Now it is.
  • Sad folks got even more sad when they realized : ( popped up the emoticon autocomplete menu. We fixed that too.

Plus a few other smaller issues that should hopefully turn that frown upside down.

And now for something completely different….Windows users: We could use your help! We’ve been working on a brand new Windows 4.0 app. Want to be one of the first to test out the beta? Sign up to get early access!

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