* Minor enhancements and bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
It's a good start to what could be a great app. I really like the interface between sections and the scrolling list of articles in the lower left corner (though this should be more front and center). Still, when you choose an article to read, too little of the article is displayed on the screen. When you need to go to the next page the app is clunky, almost as if it is re-opening the article rather than simply moving to the next page. The USA Today app serves as a good model, scroll down to see the rest of the article, swipe right or left to move forward or back in the section (where the next article opens smoothly, not appearing to re-launch).
In general, it's good, but it could be great. I eagerly await the next update. Most great apps get great over time rather than being that way right out of the box.
Latest Update Not an Improvement
I am not sure the the latest version is actually an improvement over the previous one. Main complaints are: (i) why in the world with the “Main news” section have so many articles on the Spurs? All of those belong solely in the sports section. It makes no sense for users looking for latest news to have to wade thru a Main section cluttered with Spurs articles. (ii) The “Main News” section, instead of showing stories from today’s print edition, contains a lot of really old articles (the same ones I have been seeing for weeks). For example, today (Jan 21) there is still being carried in the Main News section a Jan 2 article on the first baby born in S.A. on New Year’s Day and another old article on an old Mayor - why in the world???
Moving to a UI consisting of large tiles makes scanning stories to decide which ones to read much more tedious. On my iPad Pro the home page Top News section displayed the complete tile for just one story. What a waste of screen space. No longer having a split view with story titles on one side and the text of the selected article on the other side also makes using the app more of a chore. There is also no visual queue which stories have been opened. Since stories appear in multiple sections it makes it a pain to quickly spot stories that have not been opened. I’d go back to the old design if I could. Please add an option for a mode to present stories in a list format w/o the picture tiles that has a visual queue to mark stories that have been opened.
- Hearst Newspapers LLC
- 34 MB
Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
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- In-App Purchases
- San Antonio Express-News for iPad $5.99
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.