What's new on Sphere? (Android & iOS Release Notes)

Hi there! Please enjoy the latest release notes from our mobile apps here at Sphere. Please note, this topic is in reverse chronological order, with the latest changelogs appearing at the top.

Subsequent releases will both be posted as replies and added to the main post.

29/07/21 :apple: :android:

Sphere for iOS v. 1.45 is now available in the App Store

:new: Zen Flow is a brand new way to just see chats and events you care about, and clear away the rest without losing it.
:new: You can now @mention people when composing an announcement or a poll.
:new: Progress is now displayed on image messages being uploaded, alongside an option to cancel it.
:hammer_and_wrench: Rows in the Chat List occasionally shuffle when you are scrolling.

Sphere for Android v.3.4.7 is now available on the Google Play Store. :robot:

In this release:
:new: Zen Flow is a brand new way to just see chats and events you care about, and clear away the rest without losing it
:new: Reactions now use emojis
:hammer_and_wrench: @ mention search now ignores diacritics

20/07/21 :apple:

Sphere for iOS v.1.44 is now available in the App Store :raised_hands:

In this release:

:hammer_and_wrench: Bottom sheets in the Sign In & Sign Up flows no longer show the redundant top bar.
:hammer_and_wrench: The GIF picker is no longer blocked from reacting to your pan gestures, and the redundant top bar is removed.
:hammer_and_wrench: The connection to our chat systems now properly recovers from network unavailability at app launch time.
:hammer_and_wrench: Access failure to our chat systems now transparently retries a few more times, before surfacing the error to you.
:hammer_and_wrench: Mention suggestions are now diacritic insensitive.
:hammer_and_wrench: Bug that stopped the Sphere share extension from loading spheres and chats you followed.
:hammer_and_wrench: Improved how the Sphere share extension processes content from other apps.
:eyes: The animated reactions have been rotated out in preparation of upcoming changes.

Enjoy!

13/07/21 :apple:

Sphere for iOS 1.43 is now available in the App Store.

In this release:

:new: Swiping left-to-right from anywhere in a screen would now take you back to the previous screen, in addition to the system default means to navigate backwards.
:hammer_and_wrench: Unpinning a message via the Pinned Messages section no longer shows an alert message intended for message deletion.
:hammer_and_wrench: Messages in the Pinned Messages section are no longer momentarily shown as deleted message after they are unpinned.
:hammer_and_wrench: The Chat List now responds correctly to last messages being deleted, by rolling back to the first non-deleted message.
:hammer_and_wrench: Users that are still on our old waitlist system should now see the waitlist confirmation screen after signing in, instead of being trapped inside an infinite cycle of signning in with no messaging.
:hammer_and_wrench: Messages replying to a deleted message are now handled properly, and no longer causes a loading error or — in a rare circumstance — an app crash.
:hammer_and_wrench: The Feed top bar height has been slightly reduced to make space for the scrollable content.
:hammer_and_wrench: When a new app installation is launched with no Internet connectivity, it can no longer be stuck at the splash screen.

8/07/21 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.4.6 is available now on Google Play :robot:

In this release:
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix issue where some users experience issues while logging out
:hammer_and_wrench: Improved automatic retry after connection error, even before a chat is opened
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix issue where users may see an incorrect/old splash screen regarding their account
:hammer_and_wrench: Contains final improvement to eradicating connection failures.

7/07/21 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.4.5 is available now on Google Play

In this release:
:hammer_and_wrench: Automatic credential request and retry after chat connection error
:new: Background prep for something new… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

5/07/21 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.4.4 is available now on Google Play.

In this release:
:hammer_and_wrench: Add missing divider below chat toolbar
:hammer_and_wrench: Hide deleted messages from the pinboard

24/06/21 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.4.3 is available now on Google Play :robot:

In this release:
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix @Mentions opening in web browser
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix blinking new messages banner
:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed soft keyboard visible when navigating back from the chat using toolbar arrow
:hammer_and_wrench: Navigate to splash screen instead of home screen directly based on waitlist state
:hammer_and_wrench: Rely on local connection mechanism first
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix: When sent poll has more than 2 options, the message is partially hidden by Important information banner
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix missing event empty state on events list
:hammer_and_wrench: Disable all data collection from Facebook SDK
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix deleted message still visible through reply
:hammer_and_wrench: Display scrollbars in chat

21/06/21 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.4.2 is now available on Google Play.

Release Notes:
:hammer_and_wrench: Resolved an edge case crash on sphere selector when navigating to a different screen
:hammer_and_wrench: Remove logging, initiate authentication if uninitialised and no user errors are present.
:hammer_and_wrench: Integrate fetching connection data to initial state
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix memory leak on Home screen
:hammer_and_wrench: White space not trimmed after final character in message
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix url for new blog is not opening
:hammer_and_wrench: After clicking ‘show more’ on announcement information, it leaves a gap after the 5th member.

16/06/21 :apple:

Sphere for iOS 1.42 is now available in the App Store.

:new: RSVPing an event should feel more responsive now.
:hammer_and_wrench: The swipe-to-reply gesture learned to love itself more, and no longer cancels itself too eagerly.
:hammer_and_wrench: The photo cropper had the same therapy, and no longer runs away from the screen immediately after you have picked a photo.
:hammer_and_wrench: The green camera usage indicator is no longer stuck after you have used the in-app camera, have proceeded to the photo cropper, and have switched to another app temporarily for any reason.
:hammer_and_wrench: The teleport-to-bottom button is no longer shown in pinned messages, since latest ones already go first. You can always tap the top screen edge to scroll to the latest message.
:hammer_and_wrench: The chat list now shows “No messages” when the chat has literally no messages.
:hammer_and_wrench: The chat list now shows how many number of followers in unfollowed chats as originally intended, instead of their last messages.
:hammer_and_wrench: Sign Up with Email no longer allows one to proceed when the character limit on the display name is exceeded.
:hammer_and_wrench: Link preview thumbnails failing to load now show a shade of grey, instead of being the Emperor’s New Clothes.

10/6/21 :apple:

Sphere for iOS 1.41.0 is now available in the App Store :apple:

Release Notes:
:hammer_and_wrench: Improved first-time and post-app-update loading speed, especially when you have joined many spheres with lots of chats.
:hammer_and_wrench: The Info page for announcements and polls no longer squeezes the message content when it contains a link preview.
:hammer_and_wrench: The Info page for announcements and polls no longer shows the disclosure button.
:hammer_and_wrench: The Info page for announcements and polls no longer shows the expiry date twice.
:hammer_and_wrench: Sphere admins are no longer blocked from creating invite links.
:hammer_and_wrench: Unread messages in a chat is no longer eagerly marked as read when no content has been loaded, e.g., due to network connectivity issues.

7/6/21 :android:

Sphere for Android 3.4.0 is available on Google Play.

In this release:
:new: Offline chat experience - chats previously opened will be available offline
:new: Updated illustrations on onboarding flows
:hammer_and_wrench: The Feed no longer misidentifies attachment last messages as video last messages.
:hammer_and_wrench: Error handling improvement on Sphere invite flows
:hammer_and_wrench: Resolved a crash when uploading images
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix for Loading skeleton being jumpy
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix for Chats without prefetched messages getting stuck at loading state when there is an an error during the initial fetching
:hammer_and_wrench: Prevent items from flashing when they change state from outgoing to local
:hammer_and_wrench: When pinboard is opening, scroll to top instead of bottom
:hammer_and_wrench: When we are at the bottom of the screen and we send a message we should scroll at bottom
:hammer_and_wrench: Observe keyboard in order to try to scroll to the previous position before the keyboard opens
Check it out and let us know how it feels!

26/03/21 :apple:

Sphere for iOS 1.3.3 is now available in the App Store :apple:

This contains the third big piece of work around our Events feature, which is a list of current/past events in one location, in the Sphere Info screen.

Release Notes:
:new: You can now see all your events under your sphere’s Info.
:new: We improved the profile editor’s looks and usability.

18/03/21 :android:

Sphere for Android 3.3.17 (6845) is available now on Google Play! :android:

In this release:
:new: All events can now be accessed in the sphere info
:hammer_and_wrench: Significant chat loading speed improvement :zap:
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix initial messages jumps in chats with small number of messages
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix setting profile icon
:hammer_and_wrench: Avatars for users with no image have been improved, appearing on events, feed, with initials

24/02/21 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.3.16 is now available on Google Play! :android:

In this release:
:new: Now you are able to remind the event attendants to RSVP to an event
:hammer_and_wrench: Notifications are now cleared when user is returning back to the application
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix an issue around chat push notifications where it prevented them from being grouped together
:hammer_and_wrench: Chat input is now able to expand its size and wrap the content of the message
:hammer_and_wrench: Fix an issue where the chat image wasn’t displayed on the edit screen

29/01/2021 :android: :apple:

:android: Sphere for Android v.3.3.13 is out now on Google Play!

:new: Events — Organise events for your fellow friends directly in Sphere
:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed Sphere selection resets to first Sphere on feed

I somehow missed the release notes for the previous two public builds (3.3.11 and 3.3.12) so I’ll post the changes from those two builds below. They were just both quick fixes for bugs and to prepare for the Events launch.

:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed scrolling behaviour to new messages / Land where you left off
:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed status, navigation bar covering content on multiple screens


Sphere for iOS 1.2.8 is now available in the App Store :apple:

:new: Events — Organise events for your fellow friends directly in Sphere!
:hammer_and_wrench: URLs in your profile are now tappable.
:hammer_and_wrench:Off-alignment of some error messages has been fixed.
:hammer_and_wrench: The Important Messages banner was not in sync with the Important Messages Inbox.
:hammer_and_wrench: Chat no longer scrolls up unintentionally when the long press message actions menu is activated
:hammer_and_wrench:The keyboard when creating an Important Message was misbehaving.

22/01/21 :apple:

Sphere for iOS 1.2.8 is now available in the App Store :apple:

:new: We have given the Feed a loading speed boost!
:hammer_and_wrench:Feed now shows “Person sent a GIF/poll/announcement” when the last message is a GIF, poll or announcement
:hammer_and_wrench:When editing your profile, the Save button now activates as expected when you have made a name change
:hammer_and_wrench:Messages sent by you in quick succession can no longer be ungrouped erroneously by a slim chance — as if there were multiple clones of you — for a short period of time.
:hammer_and_wrench:Text message drafts now remember the quoted message to which you intend to reply.
:hammer_and_wrench: GIF blockquotes now show a thumbnail, instead of Clippy with an obscure filename.
:hammer_and_wrench: The cropper control in the photo editor no longer plays hide and seek with your fingertips — they now stick to the touchable canvas as intended.
:hammer_and_wrench: Items on the Feed are now highlighted when you select them.
:hammer_and_wrench: Invite links now make progress as expected on the “Enter Code” screen.
:hammer_and_wrench: Increased the update frequency of the chat participant list.

11/01/2021 :android:

:android: Sphere for Android v.3.3.10 is out now on Google Play!

In this release:
:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed, clicking a link also opens message options
:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed, long tapping a message now works consistently in all cases
:hammer_and_wrench: Fixed, tapping on important message does not land on target message

15/12/20 :android:

Sphere for Android v.3.3.9 is now out on Google Play!

In this release:

:new: Yes, you can FINALLY find that super special GIF straight from your keyboard, before inevitably just sending one of a cat looking grumpy…

14/12/20 :android: :apple:

Sphere for Android v. 3.3.8 is now available on Google Play :android:

In this release:

:new: Direct Message — You can now start a one-to-one private chat with your fellow sphere members, through a single tap in their profile. You can also start a DM chat through the (+) button at the bottom of the Feed.
:new: App launching is now faster on average, as it no longer waits for a successful connection if cached content for offline browsing is available.
:new: The app now remembers your last selected sphere in the Feed.


Sphere for iOS 1.2.7 is now available in the App Store :apple:

In this release:

:new: Direct Message — You can now start a one-to-one private chat with your fellow sphere members, through a single tap in their profile. You can also start a DM chat through the (+) button at the bottom of the Feed.
:new: GIFmas - Yes, you can FINALLY search for that super special GIF in one tap from your chats, before inevitably just sending one of a cat looking grumpy…

:fire:

2/12/20 :android: :apple:

Sphere for Android 3.3.6 is now available on Google Play :iphone:

In this release:

:new: Updated user profile design
:hammer_and_wrench: FIX: Fixed force update functionality

Check it out! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:


Sphere for iOS 1.2.6 is now available in the App Store :iphone:

 In this release:

:new: The Feed can now be browsed offline, even across app relaunches (e.g., after termination by iOS or force quitting by users).

:new: App launching is now faster on average, as it no longer waits for a successful connection if cached content for offline browsing is available.

:new: The app now remembers your last selected sphere in the Feed.

:hammer_and_wrench: FIX: The red ringbell badge did not show up on spheres having outstanding important messages, but only from muted chats.

24/11/20 :apple:

Sphere for iOS v.1.2.5 is now live in the App Store :apple:

Release Notes:

:new: Link Previews now show in chats!
:hammer_and_wrench: FIX: Images being erroneously downloaded twice upon selection in chat.

Happy updating! :balloon:

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Sphere for Android v.3.4.2 is out! :android: Please see the top post for release notes :slight_smile:

Sphere for Android v.3.4.3 is out! See top of thread for release notes.

Sphere for Android v.3.4.5 is out now! Hopefully this release fixes some of the connection issues that some folks have been seeing. Check the top post for release notes.

Sphere for iOS v.1.43 is out now! See top of thread for release notes.

Sphere for iOS v.1.44 is now out. Please see top of thread for release notes.

Brand new releases today, enabling Zen Flow and some bug fixes! Check out full release notes at the top.