I am very proud to announce the public release of The Hub v5 for Android devices, an absolutely huge update that vastly improves many areas of the app. This blog post covers the majority of the changes.
New Contextualised Areas
The biggest aim for this update was to get information to the user faster than before as well as increasing the amount of information they see on the screen. With the newly designed contextualised areas of the app users can now see almost SEVEN times more items than previously. Each area has been designed to ensure the most relevant information is displayed (e.g event/livestream start time, fundraiser totals) and the underlying code has been tweaked to load faster than ever before.
Improved playback of videos
Previous versions of The Hub had to load a video in a new screen if you wanted to watch something in full screen. The video would be reloaded and you would need to find your place again. With v5 this is no longer an issue. To enter full screen just tap the icon during playback and the video will continue playing right where you were. Tapping the icon again takes you back to the app. Videos also no longer continue playing in the background if you tap back, home or turn your screen off.
New Quick Reply Feature
One of the best features of the website is the ability to quickly reply to content without having to navigate to the status item first. This feature is now included in v5, making it easy to quickly comment on something and move on to the next item.
Livestream from Youtube
The Hub now detects upcoming streams that are prepared on Youtube and adds these to the Livestream area with a countdown timer for when they go live. Improved notifications mean you'll never miss a livestream again!
The Hub now uses bottom sheets for displaying menus, with the most commonly used options shown first and the rest of the menu available by pulling up the list from the bottom of the screen.
Changes to Live Radio
Very few groups on The Hub broadcast live radio, so the decision was taken to remove the dedicated area for them under Media and also remove the Live Radio tap from user groups. Instead, if a group is broadcasting, you'll see a live broadcast icon at the top right of the screen that can be tapped on to listen.
iOS and website versions of v5 are currently in development. For now, head to https://thehub.scot/android to get your hands on the latest version for Android.
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