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・Download videos to watch offline
・Add talks your list to watch later
・Toggle between dark mode or light modes
・Get instant inspiration with the “Surprise Me!” feature
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This release includes new features, critical bug fixes and welcome improvements.
* Adds support for Vietnamese language in the app interface and video descriptions (where available)
* Improves app stability and performance
* Fixes some known bugs
As always, more improvements are on the way in the very near future. Thank you for your support!
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Great Content — Very Poor App
The poor rating is for the new app, that forces me to answer filtering questions and queues up videos to auto start after I finish a video. I have used the TED app since it came out on my first iPhone, years ago. What I most appreciated was the chaotic combination of topics that were always showing up, with no theme holding them together other than combining Technology, Entertainment, and Design. What I valued most was the juxtaposition of wildly differing topics — I don’t want filtering and categorization and I don’t want a TED account, I just want the flood of wildly different topics that characterized the experience in the past. Please provide a way to bypass the filter questions and categorized presentations and just go back to the timeline presentation of topics as they are added to the flow. On top of sticking questions I don’t want to answer in the flow of using the app, at a recent update it lost the results and made me answer them again. Bad programming producing a poor user experience. I was about to give two stars, since that is all the app should get, but it is hard to ignore the fact that the content is still very high quality.
Developer Response ,
Thank you very much for your candid feedback.
With regard to signing in on the app, it's actually already possible to bypass it. After answering the TED Recommends questions, you can choose "Skip this" on the login screen to use the app without an account. That said, your watch history, saved talks and favorites will be vulnerable to loss if you change devices or delete the app. We encourage signing in to an account to allow the carryover of saved data between devices or syncing across platforms.
As you note, the "infinite scroll" feed that showed all recent talks has been revamped in the new version to better align with the "homepage" of the app with the homepage of TED.com. Our rationale is to make our content "ribbons" identical on all platforms. This is also partly meant to balance the viewing options for viewers who are more inclined to want content recommended to them, or surfaced based on certain interests. For more adventurous viewers like you, the most recent 12 talks appear in reverse chronological order in the Newest Talks ribbon, and the Surprise Me feature will generate a random talk to perhaps satisfy your desire to see a wildly differing topic each time.
With that said, forthcoming releases will have many enhancements to how content will be shown in the app, including a holistic library to make random browsing more easy. Thank you again for your feedback!
Tiny fonts, worst search function ever...
I gave this app three stars only because it plays the videos without problems. But the search feature is the worst I’ve ever seen on any app. I wanted to find talks on ‘self trust’. Typing either of those words in varying combinations, including with a comma between, turned up two videos or mostly no results. Of course, typing in ‘trust’ results in about half of the entire Ted library. I literally have to use Google advanced search to find videos I want to watch in my Ted app. Sheesh!
By the way, when I did get a resul from my search in Ted app, the display was so tiny I had to use a magnifying glass to read them, and I’m using an iPad Pro. That lack of scaling in the display is ludicrous.
Additional input: Recently, every time I try to access TED videos through Facebook posts, I am asked to register or answer ‘two’ questions. So I’ve deleted the app. Why does TED need my private info to use their app? TED = Take Everyone’s Data
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback about the TED app. We agree that the search function needs some love. Many enhancements to how TED content shows up in the app are coming in future updates, including the ability to browse and filter everything on the app in one place, and a feed showing all the newest talks.
I should mention that some TED content that can be found online is not available in the TED app. For example, all pre-2018 videos from the "TEDx" program of independent licensed events are hosted exclusively on YouTube (with the exception of a few rare "featured" talks). This is also true of most "TED-Ed" lessons.
As for the "two questions" at the launch of the app, I assure you that it is not data mining, but rather a way to introduce you to the "TED Recommends" program. TED Recommends is an effort to engage the TED community in helping us uplift the most impactful, life-changing talks. The two questions will help us send you talks that other Recommends users believe will inspire and engage you, which in turn you can Recommend -- even with a written endorsement -- to other TED fans. We do not use the questions for any other purpose, like advertising or building a user profile. It's solely to bring together our powerful community to make the most important TED talks the most visible. That's Everything Dude!
Beware! Download feature does not work well!
Beware! The Download feature does not work well! First, the app does NOT download the video or audio in the background on wifi so you have to make sure you keep the app open! Second (and even worse) when you click on "My Talks" then choose downloads, it will show your talk as being downloaded when in fact it isn't! (the talk has only started to download or is only partially downloaded). This means that you will consume a lot of unplanned bandwidth when you try to view the "downloaded" talk (which may cost you a lot of money) or you won't be able to access it all all if you don't have an internet connection. It's a poorly designed app. They should have a "pending download" section in "My Talks" and enable the app to download in the background when on Wifi. There should also be a progress bar when the talk is being downloaded.
Developer Response ,
Imagine, if you will, one of those "Under new management" signs hung on the TED app. No question it's been a very long time coming, but we've totally revamped the download functionality on the TED iOS app in version 5.7, and we hope you'll come back for another visit.
We've addressed your concern about downloading in the background, so video or audio will continue downloading while the app is closed. We've also added a download progress circle on the talk page, as well as a progress bar within the Downloads folder. When a download finishes, you'll see a banner notification at the bottom of the app. No more un-downloaded videos showing as downloaded! Finally, the pernicious offline playback issue that was affecting many users has been vanquished.
Please let us know if there's any other lingering issues with downloading videos you'd like to see addressed. Thank you very much for keeping us honest!
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