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Version 8.5.0

Release Date:August, 20th 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

You may now reach members more easily with Threema and disable the link to WhatsApp if you have no use of it.

What’s New

Support for Threema

Similarly, another very secure (and Swiss) application has gained popularity among many members [1]: Threema. In contrast with other similar chat applications such as Signal or Telegram, Threema is not bound to the mobile phone number of the user and as such is considered just like any other social network application you can configure on your own:

Support for Threema

As you know, the pencil icon (on the right) lets you manage your social networks when you open your personal profile.

Note

We do not plan to add quick actions for other messaging applications like we did for WhatsApp. Rationale is that we have absolutely no way to figure out if the member you want to contact is using the corresponding application. With WhatsApp being so widely used in the past, this was almost granted.

Want to better learn the key differences between Threema, Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp? Here is a comprehensive comparison of those messaging applications: https://threema.ch/en/messenger-comparison.

Other Changes

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

  • the application was crashing when you tried to update your partner’s date of birth on a device in French language;
  • various internal libraries have been upgraded.

Footnotes

[1]Roughly speaking, 12–13% of members for MD 102 - Switzerland/Liechtenstein. Please note that while preparing this release, we tried to match as many Threema IDs as possible for Lions and LEO members so that most of you will see the link to Threema without having to configure it. In a few cases, multiple Threema accounts were available (e.g., private and business ones) and an arbitrary one has been chosen.

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 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.

Documentation created using Sphinx 1.8.3 and integrated in TYPO3 with restdoc.