New FAB stinks This was a great app, but the new mark as read FAB ruins it. Please read the design guide for this element. Google says it should be the default, positive action "mark as read" is neither. The location is bad. It expands to multiple actions which is also discouraged.
Latest UI changes suck on tablet. I've been happily using News+ Premium for more than a year. I appreciated its clean design. The new update is not what I expected. The menu that now springs up on the bottom of the page is extremely annoying - I have to move my finger all the way around the screen. Why fix what's not broken? The old design was so much friendlier.
Good, but usability sucks I've been using the app for more than two years. It was mostly ok, but the new design is awful. You can't tap a button anymore to mark all articles as read. Now, you have to swipe it leftwards or upwards. Besides, this button obscures the text behind it. The counter of unread messages is gone. The button that shows/hides previously read messages has, well, not very intuitive icon. And, finally, the questionable Material design... No, it's a fail.
Google News implementation could be better As it is, you're stuck with the standard edition of your region, not your customised version. If you have custom news categories, on the web version, you'll have to recreate them here by hand (and I've yet to find a way to sort the ones I made). Also, I've somehow hidden "sports" and have yet to find a way to unhide it. Not that I want to, but it's a bit bothersome. Last but not least, if you use multiple plugins, it only updates the last active one, not all of them, which is rather annoying.
Very intuitive design, great themes, and the fact you can use this app with many different services... simultaneously if you wish, make it the Swiss army knife of news readers. I'm currently using it with Inoreader and Tiny Tiny RSS... and an added bonus is the Google News interface. Highly recommended.
Mark as read on scroll no longer works since I've updated my phone to lollipop. Please fix this and I'll change my review to 5 stars.
* Fixed: External storage on KitKat
* Fixed: Widget issues
* Fixed: Offline images issues
* Fixed: Small bugs
NOTE: customizable FAB (style, opacity and position) and fixes bugs.
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