Short UX review of Quip

So, Quip finally launched their Android app a few days back. I had to try it, so I did. It sort of lost me within the first interaction.

I created a new document, added some dummy content and wanted to share it with a colleague – a specific colleague who wasn’t yet on Quip. Guess what, the share screen didn’t let me send it to him. It seemed like I was limited to just colleagues who have tried Quip with their “work” email addresses.

The share button wouldn't let me share with an email address!
The share button wouldn’t let me share with an email address!

So, there I was, wanting to try the product for what its meant to be – mobile collaboration – and I couldn’t. I was sure I was the one who was mistaken since this is a fairly simple task and they couldn’t possibly have left this feature out.

I was right. Someone at Quip decided to hide the feature of sharing with people who are not in your phone’s contact book in a secondary menu under the “Settings” icon. Yeah. It happened. Well, I hope, for their sake, they fix this soon.

Not the best place to hide a sharing button!
Not the best place to hide a sharing button!