By Media Applications Technologies Limited
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- Breaking news
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What's New in Version 3.0.4
Election 2015 support, accessibility improvements, and a fix for a crash in the previous version.
I've stopped using the app
I used to use this app daily, would be quick and easy, in about 2 mins you could swipe through all the headlines and read whichever one interested you, which more or less fit on the one screen. It was simple, accessible, and well designed. Then a month or two back they decided to change something that was in no way broken.
This isn't about being resistant to change (as your changelog fairly bluntly stated at one point you didn't really care about opinions because nobody likes change so people wouldn't like the new app, you effectively said you didn't care if people didn't like it) this is about a complete loss of functionality. Instead of having everything simply laid out, to see what we want now we now have to subscribe to hundreds upon hundreds of customisation options, so pointlessly narrow that it means you don't see anything you actually wanted.
As an example, imagine you wanted to read about "Fruit" say. In the old system, you'd have the section called fruit, and there are 5 or 6 articles you can look at. Basically in this system you would have to subscribe to apples, bananas, oranges, pears, prunes, peaches, nectarines, tangerines, clementines and strawberries and you'd have so many things that you'd miss the article you actually wanted because it was down as tomatoes. This is how this app feels.
Unusable with their unique update scroll mechanism
Overall this app is nice and simple. It does what it says on the tin, is easy to navigate and has a clean design, but there's one aspect that has just now made me delete the app. When it updates with new information, there's no way to stop the news list from scrolling back to the top. This means that if you're 5 pages in, and the system updates, you end back at the top, regardless of what you do. Then you have to scroll back down to where you were, until it updates again, and at peak news times, this can be a few times a minute. Imagine writing a really long email, and it scrolling to the top randomly for no reason. No way to stop this idiotic "helpful" feature. There's an "X" button next to the update dialog, but due to some expert coding, it scrolls to the top anyway - it doesn't dismiss the dialog like every other dialog in existence around the world. A total waste of time until they sort that out, like, genuinely unusable. Until then, it's another news app for me, which is a shame, but it sounds like they're taking the Apple approach to development - release, forget and never fix.
Right principles needs more thought
Improving various aspects of accessibility should be applauded but the ergonomics and style need more thought. I like the opportunity to hone choice and focus in on particular issues and interests, but an increase in range and degree comes at potential cost to user experience. Maintaining broad scope while encouraging curiosity might be mitigated in various ways but technical design and aesthetic presentation need a stronger working relationship. Drawing on Psychoanalytic thinking, the infant is essentially engaged in a relationship marked by dependence upon a parental function that over time is incorporated in growing capacities that can therefore have more of a life of their own. If the parental function is too strong there is a risk of stifling development, but if too weak at the outset expectations may be too strong and confusion may threaten growth. I hope that might make some sense (!)
- Category: News
- Updated: 24 March 2015
- Version: 3.0.4
- Size: 10.3 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Media Applications Technologies Limited
- © BBC 2015
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.