TalkJS for React Native v0.3.0

New Expo SDK

To properly support users of Expo's Managed Workflow, we have released a new package: @talkjs/expo. This package is identical to @talkjs/react-native except it has push notifications disabled. This is because the push notification libraries used have native code which make them incompatible with the Managed Workflow. 

If you need push notifications, you can send them from your own backend using our webhooks or you can use @talkjs/react-native and create a development build for your project using EAS Build or eject to the bare workflow.

The versioning for this new package will be identical to @talkjs/react-native

Better Notifications

We have changed the libraries we use for push notifications which has allowed us to greatly improve notifications, particularly on Android. Notifications are now shown as Conversations and grouped accordingly. Applies only to devices running Android 7.0 (API level 24) and up.

Image showing an two Android notifications representing two dummy conversations.

Images sent will also appear in the notifications. (Android only).

Image showing an Android notification that includes an image.

The function, registerPushNotificationHandlers, now allows for more configuration options when creating Android's Notification Channels. It also supports providing iOS notification related permissions you want your app to have.

As part of these changes you'll need to update your android/build.gradle file by adding the following block to the repositories section of allprojects:

maven {
url "$rootDir/../node_modules/@notifee/react-native/android/libs" }

Better Error Reporting

It should now be clearer what is wrong with your code. Should you encounter a scenario where an error has occurred but React Native's Logbox doesn't show, notify us via our livesupport.

Image showing an error in React Native from the TalkJS SDK

Other changes

  • Add support for Guest Access through the addition of asGuest prop in Chatbox.
  • Enable capturing of keyup events in Chatbox through the captureKeyboardEvents and onKeyup props.
  • Added the methods: getText and typeText to MessageField.
  • Changed oneOnOneId to also accept User Objects.
  • Changed showFeedHeader default to false.
  • Fix issue when user and/or conversation synchronization were disabled.
  • Deprecated the following props in ConversationList: feedConversationTitleMode, thirdParties, onBlur and onFocus.
  • Deprecated the following props in Chatbox: chatSubtitleMode, chatTitleMode, thirdParties, translateConversations, onBlur and onFocus.


React Native SDK

New We have some exciting news! We have shipped a React Native SDK 😄.

Prior to this release, getting TalkJS running in React Native applications required developers to perform multiple tasks like creating an HTML file for the webview, passing parameters from the app to the JavaScript running in the webview and sometimes even adding handlers so the code in the webview could call back to the app.

With the React Native SDK you can get TalkJS running in your React Native application with a few lines of code:

<TalkRn.Session appId='YOUR_APP_ID' me={me}>
  <TalkRn.Chatbox conversationBuilder={conversationBuilder} />
</TalkRn.Session>

The new SDK makes it easier to use TalkJS in React Native applications by providing React Native Components that will feel natural to anyone using React Native.

Developers will now write significantly less code, save time and also make their code less error-prone. Additionally by using the SDK developers are guaranteed of backwards compatibility, meaning their code will always run even as TalkJS evolves.

So go ahead and check out our React Native Getting Started Guide.

We can't wait to see the cool stuff you are building!

 

New Conversation List Item theme component, Push notification improvements, message.deleted add to webhooks, added idempotency keys


Added

Conversation List Item component: Theme your inbox list items with the new component.

Idempotency keys: Ensure exactly-once delivery of messages - Read more.

Webhooks: message.deleted added to the webhooks list in the dashboard.

API: Fully delete participants when leaving a conversation - Read more.

Push notification tester: You can now test your push notifications via the dashboard UI.

Improved

Android Push Notifications: Priority changed to high, which helps apps that aren't running in the background.

Emojis 😲: Updated to include newer emojis.

Dashboard Settings: Improved layout to give saving settings more visible.

Improved UX for autoscrolling new messages.

Security and performance improvements.

Fixed

System messages suppressed in emails: Fixed a bug where system messages containing contact information were incorrectly being suppressed.

Faster, better, more secure

Added: You can now run TalkJS on a custom subdomain (eg chat.yourcompany.com). This way, no network requests go to talkjs.com at all. (Enterprise plan only - get in touch if you're interested).

Improved

  • The Chat UI got much faster 🚀. It's snappier and uses less battery than before.
  • Made it possible to run TalkJS with a stricter Content-Security-Policy (docs)
  • "Send message" REST API endpoint now returns message IDs in the response payload
  • Made dashboard "Role editor" navigation clearer and easier to use

Fixed:

  • Sending a large message would not always scroll the message list down to the bottom correctly.
  • Inbox Feed Filters would sometimes not show sufficient data in the conversation list, or the "load more" button would be unavailable
  • showChatHeader: false was ignored in some cases, making it impossible to hide the header.
  • In the enlarged shared image view, the close button would display as "⨯" and not as "X" (on sites/apps that did not use UTF-8 encoding)
  • Email attachment file sizes were sometimes incorrectly reported in the Chat UI
  • CSS syntax errors in the Theme Editor could break the Chat UI without an actionable error. Now, it shows a useful error in the devtools console.

View Current MAU & Various Bug Fixes

Added: the current amount of Monthly Active Users to the billing page.

Fixed: Issue with headers not expanding when the Panel style has higher padding than the default.

Fixed: Issue where the inbox would show no conversations when a feed filter was applied, even when there were conversations that match the filter.

Several other bug fixes.

New themeable components (Chat Header & No Chats View), bug fixes

Added: New themeable component, Chat Header - customize the chat header with the new HTML & CSS template.

Added: New themeable component, No Chats view - customize the messaging and layout of the view when there aren't any chats with the new HTML & CSS template.

Added: Autofocus the message field on desktop devices, new option to toggle this behaviour with messageField.autofocus.

Fixed: When a user has been removed from a conversation, it will no longer be reported as unread when new messages come in.

Conversation Sorting Via the API, Pricing for New Customers & Bug Fixes

Added: You can now order conversations and users by createdAt and lastActivity via the API when using the API version 2021-02-09.

Added: New pricing model for customers signed up after March 24 2021. If you have signed up before this, then you can remain on the pricing plan you signed up with. View new pricing.

Added: New SDK event for when a user clicks on a desktop notification generated by TalkJS. Docs.

Fix: Link colors in email notifications now inherit their text color.

Persian translation, Themes sub-component boilerplate

Added: Persian translation support.

Added: Themes sub-component boilerplate - it's now easier to add sub-components to your themes, with a boilerplate template for each new file created.

Fixed: Issue that would cause resetting app data to not work correctly.

Several bug fixes.

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