As we announced back in June, we put a team together to reimagine how teams can be more informed and productive. Today we’re inviting you to kick the tires of HipChat’s brand-new integrations experience powered by HipChat Connect, our new API now in public beta.
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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.
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.
Just last month we gave emoticon-creating powers to everyone (not just admins), and it was the dawn of a new era:
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 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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
We all have two sides to us. So, go ahead, choose between a dark or light background.
We’ve also allowed you to change your chat view through density, avatars, and names. See how different experiences can look:
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!