It’s important that we keep our knowledge current and continue to explore what’s out there, looking into new technologies, best practice and trends. This enables us to be forward thinking and insightful to our clients and fellow industry followers.
This article has been written to provide you with an overview of three of our favourite apps at the moment. We hope you find this interesting, download the apps that we feature and come back for more!
Yahoo News Digest
The Yahoo News Digest app was released to the UK Apple App Store at the beginning of 2014, and since it’s launch has been a success. There have been 2 updates to the app so far, and installs and sessions are continuing to grow.
One of our Mobile App Developers, John Auger gives his thoughts on the app;
The Yahoo News Digest app is unlike many of the other popular news aggregation apps in a number of ways, the sum of which make it a daily must-check app for me. The problem with continual connectivity, and access to endless news streams is the feeling that very quickly the sheer volume of information becomes unmanageable.
The Yahoo News Digest app tackles this by purposefully limiting both the times of the day you can access new information, and the number of new stories you can access. The app alerts you of a new “digest” each day at 8am and 6pm, and offers you up to 10 main news stories of the day – each presented beautifully both visually and typographically. The predictability of the arrival of these digests works on a number of levels – it allows the app to easily become part of a daily routine, but also avoids users feeling pressure to be continually checking for updates, new stories and so on.
This app has quickly become part of my morning and evening routines, allowing me to get up to speed on the main stories of the day quickly and efficiently. We will always have the other channels to supply our information fixes during the day, but for now, the Yahoo News alerts nicely bookend my days.
You can download the app for iOS devices.
The question is, when will this be available for Android users?
Out of Milk
Out of Milk was developed to help you simplify your shopping. The app has received lots of praise from the likes of Apple, Mashable, Nielsen and C-NET.
Now here’s the thing. It’s available for both iOS and Android devices, and is extremely useful tool for shoppers, however the Android app in my opinion is far better than the iOS app from a design and UX perspective. It’s not the most beautiful, simple use app to use but it achieves exactly what it set out to.
The iOS app was last updated October 2013, and the Android app was updated January 2014. It’s possible that the Out of Milk team haven’t updated the iOS app for a while because of the work involved to build the app with the iOS 7 SDK, or they could have more active Android users…
Our Head of Mobile, Matthew gives his thoughts and experience;
Out of Milk is one of the most useful apps I have installed on my Nexus 4. It is an app for creating shopping lists.
Both myself and my wife have it installed and can collaborate on our weekly shopping list. Adding new items is really quick thanks to great autocomplete, and adding additional information such as quantity is also really easy.
I haven’t yet found a rival app which is quite so easy and nice to use as Out of Milk – although I’m not so keen on the look of the iOS version the Android one is excellent.
Stitcher allows you to listen to radio shows and podcasts across multiple devices at anytime, anywhere. The app was featured in TIME Magazines Top 50 iPhone Apps 2013, and appeared in Apple’s Top 5 News Apps.
The app allows users to personalise their front page, featuring your favourite shows, recommendations based on what you’ve listened to and keeps you up to date with news headlines.
Everything you like at your fingertips.
One of our Mobile Interns, Alina provides her thoughts on the app;
It’s a podcast listening app with a very clear design with which you set favourites for online and offline use, check out headline news and discover similar podcasts based on your previous favourites.
I never have to worry about where I leave off because the app will resume playback and track the episodes which I have not listened to before. Thus I just hit play and enjoy while the app decides which episodes I need to come back to, hear and skip.
It’s called Stitcher because it stitches together shows to create custom stations.