We’ve had lots of feedback from our Grosh grocery app users – they enjoy shopping with Grosh. It’s super practical to prepare the shopping list using the suggestions provided and easy to swipe items while putting items in your cart. However, users have told us to make Grosh less dependent on a good Internet connection. Many stores seem to be built like Faraday cages with little or no data connectivity 🙂 The latest release of Grosh – version 1.6 – solves this!
Faster and more responsive
We’ve changed the app so that all user interaction with the grocery list happens using local data and without having to wait for the server to confirm your actions. When adding grocery items, you will feel the speed improvement as lookup for grocery items happens in a local “cache” for frequently used items.
It’s now also instant to modify items on your list, no waiting for the servers to send you the result back. All in all, this makes the grocery app faster to use – and using Grosh is now a more responsive experience.
If network coverage is very poor, the grocery app enters offline mode which is indicated in the app by the screen using shades of grey instead of the usual colours. Previously the only thing you could do was to mark items on the list as purchased. We’ve now extended the offline mode to include adding new items to your list and making changes to items, e.g. change the quantity of an item.
To let the app sync, start the app when you’re at a location with good network coverage again. The app will turn orange and re-syncs the list to the Grosh servers.
Search for recipes
There’s now a search field at the top of the recipes screen. This makes it easy to find recipes stored by other Grosh users using the same language as you. If you’re using English as language, search for “muffins” created by our friend John Doe, for Danish try to search for “lasagna”.
When you choose to bookmark a recipe you’ve found by searching, you store a reference to it in your list. If you want to modify the recipe, a copy will be created for you.
When you store recipes in Grosh, they become searchable by other users using your language by default. However, if you have a secret family recipe you can make them non-searchable – check our FAQ.
Adding recipe ingredients
Recipes have a button called “Add to list” that let’s you add the ingredients of the recipe to your shopping list. This function just got a lot smarter, as it now knows common abbreviations for units used in your language. This means that you no longer get “4oz butter” on your grocery list, but just “butter”. Should you find units that are not properly handled by Grosh, please let us know so we can fix it.
Other grocery app updates
We’ve made the header and its buttons bigger to make it easier to tap the menu, filter button etc. A couple of issues have also been fixed, e.g. sending email when sharing lists and recipes should now work on all supported platforms and on iOS we’ve removed the toolbar above the keyboard to save screen space.
We were hoping to bring extended categories in this release, but that feature has been rescheduled to the next one. If you have inputs to our use of categories, please send us a message 🙂
The Grosh Team