I love the Economist. I hate this broken app. The "legacy" app was perfect until the Economist kneecapped it by making me log in every time I opened it. Here are the bugs that make it unusable. 1. As I'm scrolling down the page, suddenly an entire paragraph gets selected for copying. That pushes the entire window down from where I was reading. I have to tap again to unselect, then scroll up to find my place. This happens 1 or 2 times per article. 2. If I hover my finger too long over the screen (like more than a second), it turns on a block of magnification. This leaves a block of text about the size of a word in the middle of screen. There is no way to undo this other than closing the app and starting over. It looks like the app is turning on accessibility features that I have turned off. This happens on none of my other 100 apps including the Economist Legacy app, so it appears to be bugs in this app rather than a phone (google pixel) problem. App has been uninstalled, reinstalled, cache cleared, etc. multiple times with no improvement. Beyond that, I find the navigation annoying and far less user friendly than the legacy app. Maybe I'm old school, but I like reading the pub from leaders to obit. There is no way to keep my place and start again from where I was. Each time I open the app, I have to navigate to the weekly edition, then scroll through the articles to find where I left off. The legacy app would automatically open to the last article I read and that was far better. Please fix this app. I love The Economist. I really want to read it.
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I prefer the legacy app, in spite of it becoming increasingly inconvenient to use - I have to log in every time now. That said, this new app is user unfriendly. Download on the legacy app takes 10 seconds. This app takes 2-3 minutes. Likely because it's downloading the audio too, but I don't want it! Should be a way to set the download to be text only, audio only, or both! The legacy app will auto-rotate the screen which makes viewing Kal's cartoon better. Not so this app. Delete.
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The Economist itself is stellar, both with regard to content, and in the audio edition the quality of their readers. The app continues to be a major problem, most recently because it is so slow. When you push a button, nothing will happen for several seconds, if you're lucky, or otherwise for a minute or more -- There's no way to tell if the program has frozen, is loading something, or ....?? I love The Economist, but I hate this app!
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The Economist Newspaper
May 24, 2021
Thanks for the feedback - we're aware of the logging out issue and we have a fix coming very shortly, along with some performance improvements. Thanks for sticking with us! - Laura