The Guardian has introduced a big update to their mobile app today which revamps the user interface, adds in some extra notifications, and a few more bells and whistles. Of course there's a full commenting system for articles, but users can also submit their own photos from around the world to share for contests and other themed stories. If you don't have time to read something, stories can be cached for offline reading later. You can shuffle around the sections so the most important and interesting stuff shows up first on your home page.

This is a great evolution of print, and seems to embrace the accessibility and interaction that modern readers are really looking for. The core app is free, but a £2.49 monthly subscription tier can remove advertisements, adds crosswords, and a special section highlighting curated content from The Guardian's 200-year content archive.

Any British readers big on The Guardian? How about those in North America? Which newspapers are you following on mobile?

 

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The Guardian gets a major update with new UI and notifications

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Guardian and Daily Mail are the two british apps that I have mainly for news related to Football.

Good UI refresh much needed.

Guardian, you mean the most anti-Google British site on the net. Yeah I would've love to download this.

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Excellent update looks great and you get a whole load of news free almost like a proper paid subscription. Always used it for news

I've been subscribing to the Guardian app for a while now. I must say, the new UI is excellent as is the customisation of the "front page".

Between this and HuffPost app, are the only news apps I regularly access for news in the UK.

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It is a sad move away from print journalism. The ratio of text to white space or pretty pictures is difficult to understand even from a purely aesthetic point of view.
"In its purest form, a newspaper consists of a collection of facts which can actively improve knowledge."
(Charlie Brooker)
It looks more like a magazine than a newspaper. It does not suit the mobile format but may favour the tablet. The front page has little information. In comparison the previous app had six stories.
The scrolling pictures are painful on the eye.
The colour coding is now random where before it had meaning.
Tanya Cordrey, chief digital officer at the Guardian, who describes herself as an "experienced growth leader", whatever that means, gave an interview on the new app.
She starts well stating, "Our mission is to amplify the guardian's journalism." However, I don't think the new app does that.
The rest of the interview is full of misconceptions that are detrimental to journalism.
"Opportunities for us on monetisation have never been better."
"Brands working hand in hand with the editorial team."
"We are incredibly excited by video. We have to think beyond text."
"The new Guardian app is going to have a new fresh look & feel. The user experience will be much more superior. It's not going to be so dramatically different that when people open it up and go OMG what just happened to my app."

Designers, please put your drawing boards away and let the Guardian journalists do what they do best. Inform the reader.
Fill the screen with TEXT. Your only job is to facilitate our navigation.