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.
Our whole team has been crafting a major new version of Splitwise for iPhone over the past few months. We’re excited to announce that it went live on the App Store earlier this morning.
We’ve focused on improving the two most important parts of Splitwise: adding bills and checking balances. The “add bill” form has been streamlined into a single screen, and the new navigation tab bar makes it easier to see balances with both groups and friends.
In addition to the major changes, we’ve included popularly requested features like spending totals for groups and exporting to spreadsheet. We’ve also added many more subtle improvements and bug fixes that greatly improve Splitwise for iOS.
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:
I’m happy to announce today that Splitwise has raised $1.4MM in new seed funding from leading tech investors. Raising outside money means we can continue to invest in building the world’s best product for reducing the stress of money in relationships. Hooray!
We’re using that money to hire talented people to help us make Splitwise even better. If you are a software engineer who wants to work on a product you love, please hop on over to our jobs page.
Splitwise has been a labor of love for the founders for nearly four years. This year has been incredible: Splitwise users have shared over $1B in expenses so far in 2014, just counting US dollars. We’ve been featured alongside companies with dozens or hundreds of engineers. I’ve found that most users are surprised to learn we currently have only two engineers, and that our CTO is also our lead designer.
Our goal for Splitwise is to remove the stress of sharing money in our most important relationships. How does this translate into a product roadmap? While still being annoyingly vague, allow me to explain our priorities for the coming years.