Media app updates: Forbes redesigns Newsstand app; The Atlantic fixes article sharing
The Washington Post and the Daily Mail among newspapers updating their apps to fix bugs, add features
The holiday break slowed down the number of media app updated by publishers and developers, but now a large number have been released that fix bugs and offer new designs and features. One question that needs to be asked, however, is why it is the case that bug fixes are so rampant. Updates are certainly not unusual, but with the release of iOS 7, many publishers are struggling to get their apps in shape – and many are warning their readers that their new apps may not function well on older iPads and iPhones, and when the user has not updated their mobile operating systems.
Forbes Magazine has received a major update to its Newsstand app, raising the app to version 4.5.
The universal app offers close to identical layouts for both the iPhone and iPad. The biggest changes involve article sharing, which allow you to share with Forbes’s own social network (called Stream) and see what other readers are sharing, as well.
Offline Magazine has issued its sixth app update since its original launch in November. Offline is the title launched and immediately received major promotion from Apple, for reasons that remain a bit of a mystery (or maybe it’s not such a mystery, as you can read here).
The new update involves adding the ability to buy older issues, something that would obviously have to be added as the magazine publishes its second issue.
Other magazines issuing updates recently include The Atlantic for fixes to Twitter and Facebook sharing; Rogers has updated its B2B magazine Canadian Grocer’s app to add in progressive downloads; several of Hearst’s magazines received big fix updates including Cosmopolitan and Country Living; Condé Nast Digital Britain has finally gotten around to updating its apps for British Vogue, Glamour, WIRED and GQ to add in iOS 7 support; and Hayes and Jarvis has updated its Adobe DPS built app that promotes its travel agency (adding in push notifications), you can read the original post on the app here.
The Week Magazine US, which has a newspaper-like tablet design, received an update to change out its sponsor – a bit of an usual reason for an update.
Among newspaper app updates, both The Washington Post and Mail Plus for iPad have been updated to fix bugs. The app description for the Post app has now added in an email address to send feedback, as well.
Finally, WATCH ABC, the universal app from ABC Digital, has been updated to allow for both on demand program watching, and live television. Users must sign into their cable provider accounts, of course, as the networks are not willing to break the cord quite yet. The app currently works with AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Google Fiber, Optimum and Verizon FiOS.