- Added avatars and blurred background in conversations for improved readability.
- Added colored background images in the conversation list
- Improved tutorial hints
- 1Password support
- Bug fixes and improvements
More to the point, the Wire team outlined the thinking behind these changes in a blog post on February 2, 2015. At the time they indicated the changes were available right then on Android and it apparently took this long for Apple to approve the new version for iOS (depending upon when Wire did in fact submit the new version to Apple).
I'm admittedly in a bit of a mixed mind with regard to the evolution of the chat interface. Here is what a Wire chat looked like on my iPhone 5s before (left) and after (right) the upgrade to Wire 1.4 (click/tap the image for a larger view):
On the plus side, I do find the avatars helpful as visual identifiers that help you easily see who is writing what in the chat window. Particularly if people use the same avatar image as they do on other networks and messaging systems, it becomes easy to rapidly identify who is writing.
On the negative side, I did like that the previous version used the full width of the screen and also had a slightly larger font size.
I've just started using the new version so don't yet have much experience with the other new features. The change in the display was quite noticable, though.
What do you think? If you're using Wire, do you like the new changes?