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Old April 29th, 2013, 04:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Having switched from iOS to Android (if only I had switched earlier!) I quickly discovered that there were no decent UK Newspaper reader Apps (well, none that I could find).

Frustrated, I actually set about getting one developed and with the help of an awesome guy from Belgium (Dario Incalza) managed to get one completed and published in no time! The App allows you to view most UK newspapers and provides a high degree of customisation. Also, it allows you to read the article in the standard web view or we have implemented ‘EasyView’ which will allow you to have it nicely formatted for your handset (with lots of customisation available).

I'm actually after any feedback from the forum, because we are a tiny little team and all feedback is really invaluable to us! I actually hope that you would find the App very useful (it’s free!), but I'm primarily after feedback from people that are passionate about Android and like to see good standard UI interfaces.


The News Free: UK News Edition
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We have tried to make it as clean as possible by sticking rigidly to the Android design principals and minimising any clutter or extra features that actually get in the way of usability. This is what we're hoping for feedback on, but any comments would be appreciated!

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Just installed it mate. Is it wifi only?
EDIT sorry i found the setting
First impressions, i really like it. Id like a full screen mode though and ill definately pay to get rid of the ads.
I think keeping an app really simple and unbloated is fine but the google templet for how they want an app to be should just be used as a general guide.
Its a keeper though. Thanks
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I think keeping an app really simple and unbloated is fine but the google templet for how they want an app to be should just be used as a general guide.
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Thanks @funkylogik, this is precisely why I really like the Android community and the platform; everyone is there to help!

Do you mean you would like full screen when reading the articles, or throughout the whole App experience? This is absolutely something that we can add and will try and do so right away.

As for the Ads, I can help there as there is a pro version (for £0.99), but I originally didn't post the link as I really didn't want this to look like a shameless plug as it really is the feedback that I'm after. However, if you do like it and are kind enough to push some cash our way then you can find the full App here.

Again, I'm not sure if this infringes on the rules so if it does (I can see that you are an active and responsible member of the community!) please let me know and I'll remove the link immediately.

Anyway, thanks once again for the feedback. If you have a minute to let me know whether it was just in the article view that you would like full screen I'll endeavour to bake that into an update ASAP.
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Just in Article view to have the option to have statusbar and toolbar hidden would be great mate
I dont think theres any rules against plugging your own app and its obvious thats not your motivation
Ill definately be buying full version on Wed when theres money in the bank lol.
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Moving forward, local newspapers would be a really nice option but i understand that would take a lot of work
Ability to search for a story from all the newspapers would be nice too but again, probably a hard one.
P.s, the Search for a newspaper function doesnt work on my Galaxy s3. I tested it with "the sun"
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Again, great feedback! Thanks mate.

We avoided local papers because the work involved, but you're right we probably need them. Thanks for the heads up,on the bug too. We'll check that out.
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No problem man. One more thing that would be great is "night mode"(white font on black background) my eyes seem to prefer it and on LED displays, it uses far less battery.
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This looks good, I have been using other similar apps but they essentially just bookmark the newspapers mobile website and then you browse stories on the mobile site.

The app is pretty simple but I actually like that about it as it focuses on the articles rather than anything else.

I might make the jump to the ad free version soon but I will see how it goes.

Just a couple of questions/issues:

When ads appear when reading the preview of an article the ad covers the button to launch the article

On the MSN feed you seem to have a typo "Tech and Gedget Features"

Overall great app though
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Only had a brief look at the app as I'm at work at the moment, but it looks great! I'll definitely buy the paid version if I find I use it enough.

Will report back with any feedback once I've had a proper look.
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Thanks for the continued feedback guys. Sorry, I was on a brief holiday these past few days (and with Virgin charging £10 for 25MB I wasn't in a position to reply easily without breaking the bank)!

@paraffin01 thanks for your feedback. We hadn't encountered the bug, but we have a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 to test on and didn't realise that happened on devices with a lower resolution. That will be incorporated into the next release for sure.

As for the MSN typo that has just been corrected, so thanks for the heads-up on that too!

@womb raider, thanks for taking the time to comment and take a look. If you are able to provide some feedback it would be awesome, but I understand everyone is busy and it's been a sunny week in the UK for the first time in months!
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Thanks for the feedback and looking forward to any updates on the app
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I like the app, I find I use it most days.

My only gripe (and it's a small one) is that once I've used the app, a new folder pops up in my gallery called 'RSS' (or something similar) with all the newspaper logos inside. I just delete the folder each time it happens, so it's not a major issue, but would be nice if there is something that can be done about it.
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