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