New updates and improvements to Quorum

July 29, 2020

Disable the chat

We get it - managing your group chat all of the time is hard. That’s why it’s now possible to turn the chat off in a group so only you (the owner) can reply.

Some early beta testers of this feature have been using it to run weekly AMAs / Q&A style sessions. Others permanently leave the chat turned off to participants but share links, job listings & news.

Control media sharing

We know some groups contain sensitive content. Our most requested moderation feature has been to allow group owners to decide whether you can easily save / share images shared in a group.

To enable either of these moderation features, tap on the header of a group chat you own and scroll to the ‘Settings‘ section. Here you’ll be able to toggle on and off the chat or disable media sharing.

Improvements and fixes:

  • Clear up some confusion entering a code during the signup flow

  • Let anyone request access to create chats from within the app!

July 28, 2020

Message replies

It’s annoying at the best of times not to know what message someone is referring to, especially in group chats where there can sometimes be more than one conversation on the go.

We added message replies so that you know exactly what someone is talking about. In an effort to make Quorum the most familiar chat app out there it works exactly as it does anywhere else. Just swipe on a message, type your own and hit send!

Image loading

We heard you loud and clear. Images were sluggish. Under the worst network conditions we heard them taking up to 50 seconds to send 😞

After some digging we found the problem. We were sending massive images. We were sending images with so many megabytes they’d look good on a 4k screen. We set a 3 second rule internally - images should send and be received within 3 seconds. No exceptions!

And now they do thanks to some clever compression and thumbnail previews 😃 In fact, the whole experience is nicer. There’s even a little blurred preview while you wait.

Improvements and fixes:

  • You now get the chance to confirm the image you’re about to send

  • Fixed a bug with poll messages where votes weren’t being registered

July 10, 2020

Poll messages

Our first custom message type allows users to insert polls into a chat. Ask your question and include up to four options for participants to choose from. You can add emojis to options, because who doesn’t ❤️ emojis.

To send your first poll tap the plus icon next next to the input field in any of your group chats.

Edit profile

We believe in personalization & pseudo-anonymity when it comes to personal privacy. Up until now we didn’t let you update your name or profile photo. Now you can!

Tap your profile photo from the homescreen to see the ‘Edit profile‘ option

Improvements and fixes:

  • Group invite page no longer appears zoomed out on mobile

  • Connection error warning now appears more reliably

  • Fixed an issue with link unfurling

  • Typing indicator design improvements

  • Added a more compact list of chats if you have more than six groups

  • Messages are now immediately shown as failed if you have no internet connection

  • Fixed an issue where users were repeatedly asked for camera permissions on Android


P.S We’re hiring a designer as well as a mobile engineer now too

June 25, 2020

Appstore launch

“Wait, so you’re telling me I don’t have to ask my communities to download the app through Testflight anymore?”

Thursday = made 😍

New logo

Following on from our design refresh & to celebrate the launch on both App Stores, we designed a new app icon so it looked lush for the occasion!

Improvements and fixes:

  • Added Intercom so you can chat to the creators of Quorum

  • You can now delete a group as the owner

  • Users can now leave a group and cancel their subscription

P.S We’re hiring a mobile engineer

June 19, 2020

Public links

There’s no need to lose any of your audience when moving to Quorum. We made it even easier to invite participants to your group.

You can now copy the secret code for your group or share to WhatsApp, iMessage, Instagram, Snapchat, Messenger, etc…

Improvements and fixes:

  • Group details (name, description, color) can now be updated

  • Fixed an issue where images were being incorrectly cropped when viewed fullscreen

June 5, 2020

Design refresh

Having designed Quorum version one ourselves we knew the app needed some visual love. It was a massive task overhauling all of our screens but we couldn’t be more delighted with how it turned out 😁

Thanks for all the work on this one Peijia!

Improvements and fixes:

  • Phone number picker now defaults to the USA (+1)

  • Groups now update to show new members joining in realtime

May 27, 2020

Android app

Communities live in many different places - it’s important that yours can reach you no matter what platform they use.

Quorum now works on both Android and iOS 🥳 Same great experience, now available to the 25% of mobile users on Android.

Improvements and fixes:

  • Ability to update & remove your payment method
May 18, 2020

Payments 💸

Our most requested feature launches today!

Whether you’re a sports team who rents pitches each week or a therapist who has regular sessions, many groups have an in-person element that requires subscription based payments.

Quorum now allows you to collect recurring payments through the app. All you have to do is specify the price when creating your group and users will be prompted to enter their payment details when joining.

Worried about endlessly entering your credit card, users? We store your payment methods securely. Enter your card details once, and reuse them across all groups.

All payments are handled by Stripe.

Improvements and fixes:

  • Input fields are now visible even when your device is in dark mode

  • Messaging now reconnects when your internet returns while using the app

  • Fixed an issue with overlapping text on the subscribe screen for smaller devices

May 8, 2020

Offline support

Users have come to expect that their chats and messages will be available even when not connected to the internet.

Quorum stores all users content locally so that it’s accessible even with patchy or non-existent network connections. Now that’s 💅

May 1, 2020

We made a changelog!

It does exactly what it says on the tin :)

We’re shipping new features and fixing bugs every week. We started to lose track ourselves. We’ll be sharing some of the bigger features we build and bugs we fix here every week

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