Media app updates: Economist issues minor bug fix update to popular new Espresso iPhone app
The New York Times updates its new Cooking app for the iPad; Google updates YouTube app following announcement for new music streaming service YouTube Music Key
The fact that a developer has been issuing multiple updates to its app does not necessarily mean the app has been a disaster for users. As shown by The Economist, sometimes these bug fix updates can really be for minor issues.
A couple of weeks ago The Economist launched The Economist Espresso, a news app that is designed to act like your morning financial newspaper.
“The Economist Espresso is a new morning briefing from the editors of The Economist,” the app descriptions says. “Delivered to your smartphone or inbox before breakfast, it tells you what’s on the global agenda in the coming day, what to look out for in business, finance and politics and, most importantly, what to make of it.”
The app has now received four bug fix updates in its short existence in the Apple App Store and Google Play. But the app has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from users. It is possible that the reason for this is that readers of The Economist are a bit less likely to be complaining about minor issues. But whatever the reason, readers seem very happy with the app, and the the team at The Economist appears to working hard to keep it that way.
Also updated today was The Economist for iPad, though every attempt to access the app in iTunes has been met with a warning message that the app is not in the U.S. App Store (yet I was able to update the app with no trouble – odd).
Another new app from a major media brand, NYT Cooking – Recipes from The New York Times was updated today. This is the third update for the app that was released in September. Unlike the app from The Economist which was designed for smartphones, the Times targeted the iPad, which makes sense based on the missions of both apps.
The vast majority of negative reviews were written right when the app was first released and likely were tied to the fact that this was right when Apple released iOS 8. In fact, it was not until the bug fix update that was issued on October 7 that the reviews went from negative to positive – and they have stayed that way ever since.
Facebook, which has put its apps on a every two weeks update schedule, also issued updates though mentioned no major changes.
Whether putting one’s apps on a regular update schedule is a good idea or not is hard to say. One reviewer of the Facebook app doesn’t think so: “I just love the updates that don’t do anything but mess the app up… I love the updates that resets the star and comment rating…”
This last bit of the review refers to the fact that the easiest way to hide lots of negative reviews is to issue an app update which clears out the old comments and puts them in the “All Versions” area.