|Release Date:||February, 25th 2021|
|Compatibility:||Android 5.1 (Lollipop), Android 6 (Marshmallow), Android 7 and 7.1 (Nougat), Android 8 and 8.1 (Oreo), Android 9.0 (Pie), Android 10.0, Android 11.0|
This release gives you a better overview of event invitations that are waiting to be answered.
A badge now shows the number of events you should deal with, either to announce that you will attend it (or not) or by answering additional questions.
The badge is visible when you open the application menu:
We understand that we should not stress answering an event’s invitation more than a few weeks before its registration deadline; this is the reason why, in order to prevent showing this badge for an extended period of time, we only take events for the next month into account.
In addition, a few bugs have been squashed and minor enhancements integrated:
- the application is now able to handle arbitrary awards associated to a member;
- one of our fellow Austrian Lion friend pointed out that the text “Veröffentlichen” when creating/updating a social activity was largely truncated on smartphone screens. This was caused by the combination of a useless large padding for the button and naturally the very long noun in German;
- some user experience (UX) and accessibility oddities related to using the application as a visually impaired have been fixed by bumping the usage of the underlying application framework to the latest major release;
- 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 5.1 - Lollipop dates back from March 2015 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 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.