Great content and smooth streaming. Notifications are buggy and non-expandable, though, and there's no play/pause button for streaming on the persistent notification. The design hasn't been updated in at least five years and it really shows - the screenshots on the Play Store are on Jelly Bean and they look just about identical to what we have today. Even if functionality doesn't change much, this app really needs to be modernized.
Why is this app so bad? Relative to all other news outlets (CNN, BBC, etc.) this app looks like it belongs in 2008. Breaking news notifications are well behind others and communication with local NPR stations is weak at best. This app is practically useless and has been for quite some time.
I like NPR, but my Pixel 2 XL runs on Android Oreo 8.0 and whenever an NPR breaking news alert appears on my notifications bar, its icon shows up as a blank white square. The NPR logo doesn't appear like it does for my NYT, AP, and Reuters breaking news alerts. I hope NPR's app developers are able to fix that.
This is a review of the app, not the product. Npr is the best in the news business. This app is pretty much broken in Oreo, and has had issues prior for months. It is clear that this is a depreciated app and all of the effort has gone into NPR one. Which is unfortunate, because this app allows playlist of programs specific articles. This is a feature they either haven't bothered to or refuse to implement in NPR one. EDIT: devs seem to have resolved outstanding issues.
I love NPR, but this apps radio isn't even close to functional. The app is very poorly made. Just while i was making breakfast (30 min) it cut out at least twenty times. I wouldn't give it such a low rating but it cuts out so frequently and for so long you miss 30% of the news! The developers seriously need to address this. It has been this way ever since I've first used the app and has recently gotten much much worse.
NPR is a great source for news, and this app includes the flagship news programs (All Things Considered, Morning Edition) and several other talk shows, as well as access to specific local NPR stations. My only criticism of the app is that there is no way to access the playlist, so if you add something by accident or want to modify the list, there is no way to do that. If that were fixed, this would be a 5-star app!
Android 8.0 support is here. This release will address a bug that was introduced in Oreo, where users may have experienced issues live streaming their favorite member station. Happy listening!
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