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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 09:45

Go here for the news on the apps: http://www.neowin.ne...-and-windows-81

 

There are currently no plans to add comments or comment adding to the apps, (why?) instead we want an easy way for people to navigate to the www version to read/add comments.

There are currently no plans to add forums either, the mobile version of Neowin forums serves this purpose already.

 

Windows 8/8.1 store link: http://apps.microsof...e1-5c23469b9fe6

Windows Phone store link: http://www.windowsph...cc-5fa892b58807

 

Version 1.1

- (tba)

 

Version 1.0 (29 October)

- initial version

- latest feed fixed

 

Planned fixes/additions

  • Links to the actual article on the www at Neowin (Windows Phone and Windows) this could be that the headline is linked or with a view online link under the story view.
  • The aspect ratio of the thumbnails in the story index makes some images look squashed (from left to right) on Windows Phone
  • Being able to share the articles (facebook/twitter/email at the very least) on Windows Phone and Windows
  • Some kind of number on the tile to show how many new stories there are (Windows Phone and Windows)
  • Follow Neowin on Facebook and Twitter links/graphics (Windows Phone and Windows)
  • Change the author line to remove the email address and just have the name of the author on the same line as the publish time (eg: 1 hour ago by John Callaham) done via RSS
  • Change publisher name to Neowin LLC (it's now "neowin")
  • Live title when it is at it's largest could use the inline article image like the official Facebook tlie does
  • In Settings > About, add Report bugs that links to here http://www.neowin.ne...te-forum-issues



#2 Ambroos

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 09:58

Out of curiosity, who/what company made these?



#3 OP Steven P.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:00

Microsoft :)

 

edit: Meaning, being able to add comments might make the app unsuitable for minors, they also don't allow external links to other sites, which is why nothing is linked in the story view, I hope to be able to fix this by allowing readers to load our own www version of the article.

 

They have been very helpful, but there are also restrictions on what we can allow for the app.



#4 The Dark Knight

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:00

How come no app for Android?



#5 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:02

Yeah, what he said"! ^

#6 OP Steven P.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:02

How come no app for Android?

Because we don't have a dev that builds Android apps for Neowin.



#7 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:03

Wow, is the code really that different?

(I actually didn't know this)



#8 OP Steven P.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:05

Wow, is the code really that different?

(I actually didn't know this)

Are you serious? You can't just upload an app made for Windows in the Google Play store :s 



#9 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:10

Are you serious? You can't just upload an app made for Windows in the Google Play store :s

I am, I never realised the code would be so different, I assumed there'd be one or 2 tweaks for optimisation to other os's, but mostly it would be similar to installing software on a pc (ok naivety on my part)

And I assumed the installer is handled by the OS instead of a standalone installer



#10 OP Steven P.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:12

OK then.



#11 George P

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:20

Microsoft :)

 

edit: Meaning, being able to add comments might make the app unsuitable for minors, they also don't allow external links to other sites, which is why nothing is linked in the story view, I hope to be able to fix this by allowing readers to load our own www version of the article.

 

They have been very helpful, but there are also restrictions on what we can allow for the app.

 

You sure?  I have the WPCentral app and they list external links that you can click on and then they open in IE.   They also link directly to apps in the store if that's part of the article post.     It's a pretty full featured app with commenting and forum support and all that.   



#12 bhast2

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:20

The code is very different between android, ios, and, windows. They all use different languages to make the apps work

#13 OP Steven P.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:21

You sure?  I have the WPCentral app and they list external links that you can click on and then they open in IE.   They also link directly to apps in the store if that's part of the article post.     It's a pretty full featured app with commenting and forum support and all that.   

Microsoft probably didn't build it then.



#14 bhast2

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:23

No they didn't Jay Bennett work the app

#15 George P

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:24

Microsoft probably didn't build it then.

 

Well, no, but even if they did why wouldn't they add those options?  I find it kinda odd, oh well.