- Release Date
August, 22nd 2020
Android 5 (Lollipop), Android 6 (Marshmallow), Android 7 and 7.1 (Nougat), Android 8 and 8.1 (Oreo), Android 9.0 (Pie), Android 10.0
This release fixes some minor issues we have discovered and (for Austrian Lions and LEO members) implements some change in the presentation of a member’s profile.
In addition, we successfully tested the mobile application with Android 11.0 (beta) and as such, this upcoming OS is marked as being supported.
The council of governors of Multiple District 114 - Austria has requested that the computed age of a member in his/her profile should not be visible anymore:
As such, this release implements that requirement and will now hide the computed age if you are an Austrian Lions or LEO member.
To make it clear, this has not been changed for users in Switzerland/Liechtenstein.
In addition, a few bugs have been squashed and minor enhancements integrated:
when answering a radio-based question with a long option, the text would get truncated; this is now fixed by wrapping the text of longer options on multiple lines;
whenever you tried to give a comment to an event without having first answered the invitation (thus being in the “not yet answered” list of possible participants), the comment you entered would vanish after saving, which is logical since you cannot give a comment without firstly telling whether you will attend or not but it could be confusing at first so we now prevent you from typing a comment as long as you did not answer the invitation;
we were asked by Multiple District 102 - Switzerland/Liechtenstein to support a flag “special guest” in addition to VIP. Since those VIP persons are marked with a medal symbol in the various lists of participants, “special guests” are highlighted the same way;
various internal libraries have been upgraded.
About the Large Compatibility with Versions of Android¶
As you see, we do our best to keep compatibility with rather old versions of Android (Android 5 - Lollipop dates back from November 2014 and this represents a gigantic jump in the past in the IT world).
If we keep such old compatibility (compared to Apple users), this is related to a very unfortunate fact that Android smartphones and tablets are usually maintained much less than Apple ones. In fact, manufacturers such as Samsung are selling their devices with (usually) the latest available version of Android at that time (but often with the previous one) and provide major updates of the system for something that we estimate for about 2 years in contrast to Apple which supports its devices for as long as 5 to 6 years. We understand that LionsBase application users do not see any need to get a new device every 2 to 3 years (which is totally legit) and as such, we strive to keep compatibility as long as we can.
As problems arise due to this compatibility and as the number of people still actively using older devices decreases, we may drop support for some older versions at any time.
Using iOS? Please see corresponding release notes.