Did someone buy an extra drink at dinner? Using this new split method you can indicate “Sam owes $5 more than everyone else” and Splitwise will do the math for you.
2. 3D Touch
3D Touch is a new iPhone capability available on the 6s device. It has enabled us to implement a feature known as ‘peek and pop’.
Peek and Pop: In any list view, long press the friend/group/expense name to see a preview (ie peek) of the resulting screen. To follow through to that screen (ie pop), just apply a bit more pressure with your finger.
3. 1Password integration
You can now sign up for and log into Splitwise on iPhone using 1Password. This will only be apparent if the 1Password app is already installed on your device.
4. TouchID support for passcode lock
To enable TouchID support for passcode lock, first set a numeric passcode from your ‘Me’ tab in the app. Next time you launch Splitwise you will get a prompt to switch over to using TouchID for the passcode instead of the 4-digit code you created. You don’t have to switch if you don’t want to, just hit ‘cancel’ in that alert to keep using the 4-digit code you created. [NB: After setting your numeric passcode please wait at least 2 minutes before relaunching the app to switch over to TouchID]
5. New languages — Dutch, German, Italian
The new languages are available on all platforms. Special thanks to our volunteer translators for putting in a lot of hard work to get the translations ready. If you want to help us edit existing translations / translate Splitwise into new languages, just let us know!
Splitwise for Android v 3.6.5 introduces spending totals for groups. We’re thrilled about this for two reasons: one, totals have been our Android community’s most popularly requested feature for a while now. Two, it marks the first time our users are seeing Apoorv’s work in action! Apoorv Khatreja is Splitwise’s newest mobile engineer. He joined the team in October 2015 and is presently focusing on Android. We love having Apoorv on board and can’t think of a better way for our Android users to ‘meet’ him.
To access spending totals for your groups, navigate to the relevant group screen and tap the ‘vertical dots’ icon in the upper right hand corner of the group screen. Then tap ‘View spending totals’.
The resulting totals screen answers three important questions: How much did our group spend, in total? How much did I pay for, in total? And finally: How much do I owe, in total? You can see this information across three time periods: all time, this month, and last month. For now we are only summing across expenses added in your default currency. We recognize this may make the feature suboptimal for folks who are using Splitwise for foreign travel expenses. As a work-around for now you can temporarily change your default currency from your account settings screen.
Another enhancement introduced in 3.6.5 is the ability to zoom in on image uploads.
Most iOS 9 changes are ‘under the hood’, but there is one exciting user-facing change: we’re now taking advantage of Apple’s text input action functionality for push notifications.
What does that mean? Splitwise push notifications about expenses and payments will now contain a ‘comment’ field, so you may write and post comments from within the notification, without ever having to open up the Splitwise app.
To reveal this text input field, just tug down the notification from the banner. When finished composing your comment tap ‘send’ to post it. The comment will not post successfully if you are offline.
If you’ve disabled push notifications but feel compelled to reactivate them now, you may do so from your account settings page (contained in the ‘Me’ tab on iOS).
Splitwise has a geographically diverse user base, with folks from 170+ nations using our apps. The joys of living with roommates, traveling with friends, and spotting a buddy for a beer are globally felt: so, too, is the sense of awkwardness when things don’t feel fair. We’re glad to be alleviating this stress for people around the world.
Today Splitwise is excited to announce that we’re deepening our commitment to the international community. We’ve completed the process of internationalization and will now start rolling out translated versions of Splitwise. In addition to appealing to internationally-based people, we know this development will be exciting to the many folks in the U.S. who prefer to communicate in languages besides English.
It all starts today with Splitwise en Español (Spanish!). Available now on all platforms.
Now that we’ve readied the back-end and clients to display multiple languages, rolling out new languages should be fairly easy — we just need help translating all the terms found throughout the app. Want to help make Splitwise available in your language? Reach out to Product Manager Zoe Chaves at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our Volunteer Translator Program.
If you want to provide feedback on the Spanish version of the app or any other aspect of Splitwise, we’re always reachable and happy to hear from you at email@example.com.
How would I describe my first month at Splitwise? Kick-ass. Absolutely kick-ass. I joined Splitwise as their newest iOS engineer in March, and little did I know I would be in for the time of my life.
My first week, I decided I wanted to pursue a cutting-edge project, and the wonderful thing about working on a small, collaborative team is that I was encouraged to just “go for it!” There is nothing holding you back. When you’ve got an idea, you can just run with it. And let me tell you, I ran. And within a week, the whole team ran the marathon with me.
My idea for the app started out over lunch as an itty-bitty sketch on a napkin. It was a square with some circles and rounded-rect buttons on the inside. But soon we transformed it into a prototype of something very real – an Apple Watch app.
The inspiration for the app was the idea that users can speak to add their expenses. For the first time in Splitwise history, adding an expense is as simple as saying “I paid $20 for groceries.” How cool is that? The app handles both group and friend expenses, and conveniently displays your total balance. We utilized the sentence-parsing API from our quick-add feature that our earliest adopters particularly love.
We started out with this:
And ended up with this:
Pulling off an Apple Watch in a few weeks is a testament to how hard we work at Splitwise, but we also know how to have fun! Also in my first month, we launched Splitwise Dance Edition during our annual April Fool’s Day Hackathon. For product testing, we danced in the office. We danced at a grocery store. And while playing pool.
There’s no shortage of good times at Splitwise, and we’re looking for more engineers to join us! If you want to take the lead on a cutting-edge project and fool-a-thons sound right up your alley, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Splitwise is proud to announce our Apple Watch app! The Watch app is an extremely easy way to share expenses and check your balance, without even pulling your phone out of your pocket.
The key feature of Splitwise for Apple Watch is the ability to dictate new expenses out loud. Splitwise can understand your natural English sentence, like “I owe Zoe $40 for dinner.” After you dictate, Splitwise turns the phrase or sentence into a Splitwise expense using the same technology from the “Quick-Add” feature.
I see you, Splitwise users. You are a bunch of party animals.
You incur a ton of shared expenses when you’re out on the town, from spotting a friend’s drink to sharing a cab home at the end of the night. As such, we owe it to you to optimize Splitwise for the freakin’ weekend.
That’s why we’re pumped to introduce ‘Splitwise Dance Edition’. A new Splitwise feature (available on all platforms!) that lets you add bills, payments and more by performing specific, funk-tastic dance moves with your phone in hand. Watch the video to learn more:
For the past 15 months, improving the Android app has been a huge focus for our entire engineering team.
Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve made another step towards feature parity: Splitwise for Android now offers split by exact amounts, percentages, shares, and adjustment. That’s one more ‘split unequally’ option than iPhone (which lacks split by adjustment still) and just one less than the website (we’ll probably never bring itemization to mobile, sorry!). We really love our Android community and feel awesome about finally offering them this functionality.
Splitwise for Android v 3.3.8 also includes a better integration with our help desk provider. Now, when you write out an email to our support team your text will be scanned for ‘common questions’. If it looks like your query could be answered by one of our existing knowledge base articles, you’ll be shown that article. You may, of course, still submit your email if you need further assistance. We love to hear from users and try to respond quickly and thoroughly.
On April 7th, a major web vulnerability called “Heartbleed” was disclosed to the internet. This vulnerability affected a popular security library called OpenSSL, and as a result it affected the security of a large number of sites on the internet, including Splitwise. (A good rundown of who was affected can be found here.)
Shortly after noon on April 8th, the bug was patched on all of our servers. We also issued a new SSL certificate for splitwise.com and initiated the expiration of our old SSL certificate. As a result, we are no longer vulnerable to Heartbleed.
We have no reason to believe that any Splitwise user data was compromised via the Heartbleed vulnerability or that we were the target of an attack, but we are continuing to monitor for any unusual behavior. In addition, we’ve taken this opportunity to implement a few additional security measures, to update passwords for important server components, and to generally review how we respond to security issues.
1. The Heartbleed bug was patched shortly after 12pm EDT on Tuesday, April 8th. We issued new a SSL certificate a few hours later, and also revoked our old certificate.
2. As a precaution, we are logging out all users who visited the Splitwise website on April 7th and 8th.
3. Changing your password is recommended as a precaution, especially for users who logged in or created an account during the affected period. You can also log out of all your existing Splitwise sessions by clicking here.
The Splitwise team is excited to announce a new Settle Up option: Settle Up via drone. It’s the fastest, easiest way to collect money from your friends, no matter where they are. Plus, you’ll never need to have an awkward talk about repayment again — just send the drone and your friend will get the message that you need your money back, loud and clear.
How does it work?
If a friend owes you money, ‘Dispatch Drone’ will be an option in the Settle Up flow. Tapping ‘Dispatch Drone’ automatically deploys one of our payments-processing drones, stored in Amazon warehouses across the country. Geolocators built into your friend’s Splitwise app pinpoint their exact location, sending the drone in the right direction.
Splitwise collection Drones are equipped with Square Readers, and also take cash. As soon as your friend Settles Up with the drone, the payment is recorded in Splitwise and your balance updates accordingly. Our drones are adaptive and persistent; if your friend doesn’t have any money on them, the drone follows them around in a friendly, unobtrusive manner until they have their wallet on hand.
It’s been wonderful to collaborate with Amazon and Square on this project. We’re so glad these big companies share our commitment to eliminating money stress between friends. Stay tuned for the release of our Google Glass integration, which will project a balance onto your friends’ forehead if they owe you money.