Today, Splitwise is launching a major refresh of our entire platform, including our mobile apps, homepage, and logo.
First and foremost, we’re releasing Splitwise for iOS Version 5.0, which is a full redesign of our flagship iPhone app. We’ve rebuilt all the most important screens in a modern new style. Improvements and features include:
Our goal for this redesign was to keep Splitwise easy and simple to use, while refreshing the interface to feel modern, clean, and polished. The Splitwise team felt (and some of you told us) that the iPhone app was starting to show its age. These changes represent a huge step forward.
Simultaneously, we are releasing an updated version of our Android app. Splitwise for Android 4.6 is a significant evolution that includes support for the updated branding and all the same new features as the iOS update: group cover photos, new default user avatars, faster group creation flows, and support for Splitwise Pro. We’ve also redesigned our homepage and web app to incorporate the new logo, icons, and visual identity.
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.
The team is happy announce the release of a broad set of improvements to how Splitwise notifications are generated and presented. Usability and ease-of-knowing-what’s-up are going to skyrocket thanks to an improved ‘Recent activity’ feed (now on mobile, too) and more sophisticated push notifications.
All 3 of our devs — Ryan, Marshall and Caleb — have been hard at work on this effort since December, when we introduced expense comments for the web and decided to really commit to building out notifications. Marshall and Caleb have focused on Android and iPhone respectively, with Ryan taking care of back end stuff, the web experience and overall look of the new features.
We made these changes to eliminate all possible sources of confusion when viewing Splitwise, because confusion causes uncertainty and stress! We’re waiting eagerly for your feedback on the changes, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take the leap to see a more in-depth explanation of the changes.
You’ve been very patient as we’ve toiled to bring our Android app up to speed with the iPhone app in features and stability.
So, we’re incredibly excited to announce the release of a new version of the Splitwise for Android app. Most of the changes in this version are under the covers – the app is much faster and less buggy now. Admittedly it still looks like a copy of the iPhone app, but we’re going to work to change that over the next few months. This release is just the start of our path towards Android excellence, and we couldn’t be happier about showing you Droid users some love. Read more about the tip of the iceberg below the fold! Continue reading Splitwise Android 2.5: Halfway to Awesome Town
[Edit: As of Friday, September 14th we now have our Simplified Debt feature live, which is known on BillMonk as debt shuffle. Information on Simplified Debt can be found here. We updated the importer Tuesday, August 21 to handle debt shuffles and multiple payers. If you imported before this, go through the import again and it will pick up the debt shuffles correctly and won’t import duplicates. ]
Like many of you out there, I’ve been waiting for BillMonk to load.