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Version 7.4.0

Release Date:October, 21st 2020
Compatibility: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 brings an enhanced user experience (UX) in the dashboard.

What’s New

Dashboard

We have enhanced the way upcoming events (introduced in version 3.4.0) are presented in the dashboard. In fact, it turned out that many members are opening the LionsBase mobile application to have a glance at upcoming events. We now show all upcoming events, including those you are not attending, together with your status:

Attending status for upcoming events

This is thus behaving exactly like within your Personal Calendar.

We have figured out that for users on a tablet, news articles were often presented with only the image and either no overlaid information or an information overlay largely covered up. This should now be fixed:

Two columns of news articles for users on a tablet

Other Changes

In addition, a few bugs have been squashed and minor enhancements integrated:

  • the additional information section within an event’s detail was sometimes partially truncated, this should now be corrected;
  • 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.

Note

Using iOS? Please see corresponding release notes.

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