The #1 top request we've heard from people after the launch of +Android Police
v2 is the News at a Glance widget was too obtrusive and took too long to load. Most people ended up scrolling right past it or removing it with some CSS hackery.
We thought long and hard about how we should deal with it and came up with a new plan. It is live now on http://www.androidpolice.com
1. The News at a Glance (NaaG) widget is no longer part of the homepage. The page now starts with the most recent article.
2. You will notice a New articles
button with a simple counter in the nav bar. This is where NaaG will now live. It's only loaded on demand when tapped on, which means no unnecessary JS calls and faster page loads.
3. You still have 3 time slices for NaaG, except they've been adjusted to be 24/48/72 hours from 8/24/72. The 3 sort orders are still there as well. Many of our readers utilized NaaG to quickly read the most popular headlines and see what's important at a glance, and they'll still continue to do that.
4. The NaaG button is now present on all pages, not just the homepage. This makes a hell of a lot more sense.
5. You can now see 3 columns (15 posts) instead of just one (5 posts) per NaaG page. Each click on Next advances by another 15 posts. The layout is now more reminiscent of the navigation dropdowns and displays a lot more headlines. Note: the tablet layout shows 2 colums with 10 posts instead of 3/15.
6. On Mobile, I pushed to make reading NaaG even easier, especially considering you are dealing with a touch UI. Tapping on the New Articles
button rolls out the full list of stories which you can scroll through by flinging up or down. At the end, you'll see a Jump to Top
button. No pagination, because who likes pagination on mobile?
7. We've also updated the look of the navigation and search bars on both mobile and tablet/desktop.
The next mini-project I'd like to tackle is optimizations to the page that will cut down its size by 1/3.
That's all for now, tell us if you liked the above or not, or anything else on your mind.