by Bella Kazwell and Jennifer Nan
March 4th, 2013
Today, we have released an update to our iPhone app. The new version should be rolling out to the App Store over the next couple of hours.
This new version enables push notifications, including pop-up alerts and badge counters. We’ve been testing push notifications internally for a while, and think you’ll love how they help you stay connected to your work while you’re away from our desks.
We spent a lot of time debating our approach toward push notifications. One of our core goals is to improve team’s communication. Part of this means keeping you up-to-date with the latest information about your projects. At the same time, it also means not overwhelming you with too many updates.
So instead of sending you alerts with every single new thing that happens in Asana, we selected the most important events. We pop up alerts when you get assigned or unassigned a task, have a task due today, or have comments or task status updates on tasks you’re following. If you find that you’d rather get fewer alerts, you can always go to the iPhone’s Settings, then select Asana, then change the types of alerts you receive.
Likewise, instead of a badge count of all unread items in your Inbox that nags you until you completely clear out all unprocessed items, our badge count shows you how many items you’ve missed across all your Inboxes while you were away. Going to your Inbox to see your new items (in the mobile app or on desktop) will make the badge disappear.
Asana’s vision is to help you and your team get organized and stay on top of what needs to be done to achieve your goals. With push notifications, we hope to give you the peace-of-mind that you won’t miss anything important, regardless of where you are.