October 21, 2014

Rockmelt for Android arrives at last

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rockmelt screenshotFans of Rockmelt’s past desktop browser and iOS app have been patiently waiting and the day has finally arrived. Rockmelt promised an Android version was on the way and today they delivered.

If you are not too familiar with Rockmelt, it is an app users implement to follow their news feeds and social media channels. It includes an internal social aspect since other Rockmelt users can follow you, and if you have logged in with your Facebook or Twitter account, you can see your friends’ social updates as well (see images below.)

It took quite a while for the Rockmelt app for Android to arrive, but there is a strong reason behind the delay. According to their blog this morning, “it was important that (the app) is the right experience for Android users and not merely a port of an iOS app.” After moving the entire company focus over to Android, the company noticed an issue: size. Rockmelt says they want to deliver a user experience that is tailor-made for Android devices which often feature large displays. Instead of simply porting its iOS app to Android, Rockmelt had to develope a new UI that works well with a single hand, regardless of the screen-size. The principle is to make the UI appear upon a press & hold command, with all the controls laid out around the user’s finger to speed up the next interaction.

One of the neat additions to the Rockmelt’s Android version includes what they call elevator buttons. These “buttons” allow users to tap the up arrow to see new content, and in turn tap the down arrow to return to where you were. No more missing content or stories due to checking notifications. Something all apps need in my opinion.

There is a whole array of new and exciting features for the new Rockmelt Android app. For more information, check out their blog, or head on over to Google Play to download.

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