People are talking about it. Well, at least in Jakarta circle. It's a flipboard "copy" where you can read your news from. It already had plans to monetise itself using ads (fullpage, in between content). There's still no news of paid-add-free plan yet. So, yeah. The user is the product.
Regardless the publisher and advertiser oriented monetisation scheme -- actually it may be fully related -- the user experience is rather lacking. Having used flipboard or feedly, I was expecting the will be consistency on its UI. You know, swipe up and down to iterate the news. Tap to go into detail. Then swipe up and down to read it.
It's not. It's swipe left/right (actually almost up and down as well -- non horizontal swipe is okay) is being used. The only difference is you need to swipe left -- analogical to reading magazine -- to iterate the news. While aligned to skeuomorphism principal, it just doesn't feel right for right-handed people. Because your thumb need to reach upper-right then drag it bottom left. The other way around should be way more convenient.
The onboarding experience is still buggy. At least on android. You'll be presented with about screen and then topics to subscribe to. Adding twitter account will ask permission to update your profile. Screamed WTF to me, so I cancelled it and then it crashed.
After repeating the process, I ended up in the main screen. With the really cool colorful fan-like content navigation UI. I noticed there are individual sites included in the navigation but I didn't remember enabling them. Maybe another bug. Tapping the navigation didn't give responsive feedback, left me wondering whether it was the correct way to interact.
Settings button is on top left and explore is on top right. Navigation menu is on bottom right. Where's the customize topic menu you asked? It's the right-most item inside content navigation menu. It’s located among colorful items so you need to see it a bit closer and make sure it’s the right one. Or, just use the Explore menu. You didn’t expect it didn’t you?
Once you have reach it, you’ll be presented the similar topic subscription during onboarding. I cannot find the topic that strangely showed up in my navigation. But I found it in the “my kurio” button. My Kurio is a way to manage the order of your topics. Unfortunately I cannot remove those I didn’t want there. Only moving up and down the list. Oh wait! There’s an edit button on top right. You can remove the unwanted ones now.
Am I going to use it? No. I’m pretty content with Feedly. I’ve been collecting my news source there. If Kurio can import it, then we can have a talk.
Oh, the content navigation menu is called the Axis. Please remember that. You can find the mini howto in the onboarding email -- of which I found it after my frustration with the app.
Play store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.merahputih.kurio
At least it gets me passed 50%..still running
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