Role : Junior Developer, UX Designer, User Research
Team Size : 2
Achievement : Rank 1 on PlayStore in newspaper and magazine category in February 2011
Rise of app from 50,000 downloads to – 1,000,000 in 6 months
Easy to use directory of thousands of local and international newspapers, magazines and websites. More than 6000 WORLDWIDE newspapers, websites and magazines links at your fingertips optimized for your android phone. World Newspapers, was made with the vision to make the access of Newspapers and Magazines from over the globe easy for the android mobile user community. It presents Links to the users segregated in various categories like By country, most popular, thus catering to their requirements. The magazines are sorted in categories namely social, science and technology, business etc. The application also contains an RSS feed aggregator based on Google News where one can add and search for feeds manually or using the search option. The Application supports easy sharing of links using Url shortner by Bit.ly on Facebook , mail, SMS, Twitter etc .One can save articles for offline viewing . The articles can be marked “read it later” online bookmarking service, translated from one language to another using Google Translator, saved in browser history log. User can save newspaper links of his choice as Favourites. The app provides option for clear cache before exiting. User Settings can be done to set preferential browser viewing settings.
NEWS is North-East-West-South. World Newspaper is android application which gives a whole new dimension to the meaning of NEWS by opening new avenues of information for knowledge thirsty minds in this eventful world . Its powerhouse of Newspapers and magazines from all over the globe made available with just a touch of finger. In the app Newspaper and Magazine sites are optimized for Android and removes the daunting and cumbersome challenge of saving separate bookmarks and icons. A major problem any user faces today is, finding local news from around the world . Sure, you can browse the “World News” sections of various popular media outlets, but while giving you some of the most significant stories, they lack the local focus that regional media outlets carry. This will often leave you longing for a feel for the local culture and way of life. This is where World Newspapers comes in.
Fig 1-main screen-showing favourites, My country, Browse, RSS, Offline Tabs
This app completes the news feed sources . Be it Indian or foreign, technology or life-style, fashion or environs, this is an all-in-one armoury for keeping you with-it on current affairs. This app has a favourite tab wherever you will be able to view news feeds of your preference. The categories that you may opt include Magazines, Web news, amusing/Social/Popular, additional Countries news, and Android news.
World Newspapers is an umbrella app for a huge variety of newspapers and magazines. Here’s a short overview of the menu:
- Favs: This is list of favourite newspapers which the user can set .Add any newspaper or magazine to your favorites with long-click.
- My country: allows user to choose their country for fast access.It shows all the links belonging to that category.thus gives sense of personalisation.
- Browse: Lists all countries and categories.
- RSS: RSS Feed Reader
- Offline read: Gives list of links which the user has stored for offline reading.
LIST OF FEATURES
1)Browse by country and categories
The whole database is divided in the categories of countries, Magazines, Webnews , fun/Social/popular etc. This helps in easy management and search operations. In each category most popular links have been listed under featured section followed by links in alphabetical order as shown in Fig 1.3
2)My country Tab
My country Tab sets the newspapers of the country selected by user. For USA the newspapers have been categorized according Top USA and 50 states. (Fig2.1) .For rest of the countries most popular come on top ,followed by rest of them in alphabetical order(Fig 2.3) . One can change country preference by using menu->Select country .A dialogue box pops up. Select the country from there.(Fig 2.2)
For personalisation the users can select favourite newspapers using long click on the required link(Fig 3.1). A SQLite Database is maintained to manage the list of favourites. Users can also delete the favourites they no longer want (fig 3.2).Arrange the favourite list according to their preference order rather than having it sorted in alphabetical order. (Fig 3.3,3.4)
4) RSS reader with smart search & offline reading:
A very important feature of world newspapers is to aggregate RSS feeds .It uses Google News API to get RSS in form of JSON data which is parsed and presented in suitable format. Users can add any RSS link they want by Menu->Add channel (Fig 4.1) to get dialogue box as shown in Fig 4.2 .In the dialogue box either one can add the link of RSS or search according to search word user wants. If the request is granted then RSS is downloaded. Fig 4.3
6)Save browser History
7) Search for newspapers
Fig 7.1 The Search activity helps the user to find newspaper/ magazine links in the database. Android’s auto complete function is used to give auto suggestions to the user to help in easy search.
8) Translate web page
Fig 8.1-2 Translate sends the current url to translate.google.com which loads the same webpage in the language selected to be translated in.Fig 8.1 is the translated page of fig 8.2
Webpages can be saved for offline viewing of pages. This imp feature allows user to access links even when he doesn’t have internet.
Users can submit request for addition of newspapers/magazines in the application by filling a form which in turn goes to spreadsheet
Settings can be set to personalize browser, cache clear options, notification bar etc
Read it later API is used for online bookmarking of links. Thus the user can read the same links in mobile as well as desktop.
A very important feature people want is sharing of links. This is done by broadcasting an intent .url shortner API bit.ly is used to make the task convenient.14)Select Text in Web pages