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Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Graphics handling deterioration
Handling of graphics has deteriorated badly. It is very easy to mis-pop the graphics when trying to scroll. If you don’t have internet (e.g. underground) the pop-out is a big blank screen because the high res version — which is actually exactly the same resolution! — hasn’t downloaded yet. (Why doesn’t everything just download at once? And when it does download, can we have the proper high res versions please? Our phones have lots of pixels now. LOTS) Oh, and good luck trying to zoom in on a graphic in phone landscape mode!
The funny/sad thing is that The Economist app used to have such good graphics handling. You could just pop it out with your fingers and everything was so intuitive. Check out the Economist Classic app for a far better experience (though not as good as it was 2 years ago!)
Audio irretrievably broken.
The audio edition in app just seems to go from bad to worse! I remember years ago the audio would reliably download in the background and ACTUALLY work offline. Now even when audio is ‘downloaded’ it seems to require an internet connection to actually begin playback.
If the audio is or isn’t downloaded, getting it to play is actually a daily challenge in and off itself. It is beyond unreliable and has been for many many versions. I always install updates and I’m consistently disappointed. The most common thing is for the app to seemingly do nothing when I press play and then “Something went wrong, try again later” about 45 seconds later. This often requires a force quit to resolve. Usually 3 force quits before the audio actually works.
I don’t understand how it is seeming so difficult to implement a feature literally any other app which plays audio manages to do? That feature being actual playback. It’s so broken and I’m sorely let down by this. Support is quite useless at this & you always get the same coined response or ‘we regularly release updates’ blah blah blah. Quit “handling” people and just sort out the app.
Since writing my initial review, the app has been updated and images now consistently load reasonably quickly. The only point of criticism I made that still stands is the layout of the “Daily Picks” page, which still has a massive amount of space dedicated to images. This is most noticeable on a larger screen. There is no reason for each article recommendation to take up the entire screen; it would make more sense for the page to be laid out similarly to the “This Week” section.
I would like to add some other suggestions. The implementation of a search function would make browsing previous issues within the app much easier; currently the most efficient way of doing this is through a web browser. Furthermore, there’s currently a lot of ‘dead space’ in the UI. Again I’ll make the comparison to the New York Times’ app: so much more information can be conveyed in a much smaller space by changing the layout.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback. We are currently making major improvements to the experience and regularly release new changes and bug fixes. Please update your app to the latest version. If you still have issues, do let us know. Thank you - Economist Product Team
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