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Version 8.6.0

Release Date:September, 23rd 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 declutters the profile page of a member and optimises the User Experience (UX) of the visually impaired.

What’s New

Profile Pages

The profile page of a member has been optimized to prevent having to scroll a lot with some members having a long list of awards.

As you see on the following screenshot, we have restructured the page with big “buttons” to let you access the Lions History, the list of certifications and the list of awards, all presented on dedicated pages of the application:

Buttons to access the Lions history and the list of certifications and awards

Certifications

List of certifications for the member

You may search for other members with a given certification by long-tapping it in the list:

Find other members with a given certification

Awards

List of awards for the member

You may search for other members with a given award by long-tapping it in the list:

Find other members with a given award

Accessibility

LionsBase mobile strives to make the User Experience (UX) of the visually impaired as smooth as possible. Thanks to an external audit and to some feedback we received, we identified a few points to be enhanced.

LionsBase mobile is known to be working for visually impaired persons

We are pleased to announce that multiple accessibility problems have been corrected:

  • the multi district dropdown in the authentication form was not clearly described and could therefore easily be left empty, thus hindering the login workflow;

  • multiple action buttons such as the “Sign In” button in the authentication form or the buttons used to save or publish social activities were not read by TalkBack;

  • the number of pending invitations or events with unanswered questions (see Badges) is now self-explanatory;

  • so-called key properties of a member profile (overview of certifications and awards and the number of Lions years) are not read by TalkBack anymore as they hindered an efficient access to actual, useful pieces of information;

  • social media icons in the member profile were not read by TalkBack;

  • skills in the member profile were not read by TalkBack;

  • the camera icon to change the background image on one’s own profile page was not read by TalkBack;

  • the grouping/ungrouping button in the list of participants was not accessible by TalkBack;

  • all toolbar icons are now described (hereafter, the description will be “Show summary of answers for the participants”):

    Toolbar items are described for the visually impaired

Social Activities

The input form to manage social activities has been updated to let you define the “scope”; that is, whether your social activity is supporting a “Local” beneficiary or one that is in another country:

Scope of the social activity

This information is useful for statistics purposes.

Other Changes

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

  • 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 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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