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Said B

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It doesn't seem that the beta app works with Google Now's new cards feature. Anyone else seeing it on theirs? 
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Any chance of homepage customisation being synchronised yet?
 
Is it possible to sync home page customisations between devices when signed in via Google +?
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Hi, thanks for expressing an interest, it helps us to prioritise work. This is definitely on our todo list but we don't have a definite date for for it yet.
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Barry Rueger

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Just noticed you're still displaying a 2014 copyright date at the very bottom of the "home" screen.

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Hi Barry, thanks for the report and we will look into it now.
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Mark Anderson

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The app gets better and better but I've noticed ads with audio on by default in the last few days. Is this new? Pretty annoying to be honest.
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Thanks. Can't say I've noticed it recently.
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Rupert Bates
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Hi, we've just pushed out a new beta release which allows you to download podcasts for offline listening.

To use this feature, go to a podcast and click 'Download audio' from the action menu. The audio file will then be downloaded and the article will be added to your saved pages for ease of access.

There are a number of other performance and stability fixes in this build, and as ever if your feedback is really useful to us, please leave any comments in this community or email us at apps.feedback@theguardian.com

Thanks!
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Looks like the comments bug is fixed now in the latest build, thanks Rupert.
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I just updated to lollipop on the Nexus 5 and the widget's writing is now quite small. Using Google Now Launcher
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Chris Green

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Hi. I think the app has improved, particularly the navigation on phone screens. But one thing that still bugs me is the inability to find, read or add to my home screen the Film reviews section that is published each Friday. I still have to use the website to read this section. It seems impossible to get a listing of the reviews up. Am I doing something wrong?
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Ade S

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When downloading a scheduled update, the app downloads ALL sections. Is it possible to just download the updates for the sections on the home screen? Downloading all sections extends the time it takes, uses more data, and introduces more errors/chances for error.

Often the app simply hangs and tells me there was an error downloading one section or the other, or it just gets stuck downloading something or the other.
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Thanks! 
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Paul Whelan

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Just updated to 3.1.1.48 and now the app fails everytime I try to recommend a comment. I'm using an up-to-date stock Nexus 5.
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Latest update has solved recommendation problem for me. Thanks
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Rupert Bates
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Hi, we've just pushed out a minor beta release featuring a redesigned navigation drawer and search page. It also fixes bugs with the widget and clickable headers on the homepage
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+Gwyn Lockett the issue is that I cannot post comments and that I cannot share because it says I am not connected 
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James Cridland

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In the settings menu, it reads "Download via WIFI only".

The Guardian style guide, and the Android subsystem, says it's correctly written "Wi-Fi". It doesn't actually stand for anything, so WIFI is incorrect.

I wonder if I win a prize for being this pedantic.
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Thanks for this, I've made the change (it may be a couple of weeks before it makes it into a release though) 
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YM Tang

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When scrolling down, will crash on first advert.

App ver. 3.2.2.23 on Android 4.4.2
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Hi thanks for letting us know about this, it was caused by having a football match card on the homepage.
I'm just about to release a fix for this problem.
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Rupert Bates
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Hi, we've just pushed a new release to the beta group (3.2.1.28). This is a smaller update than the last one and includes the following work:

Search will now return multiple pages of results if available - previously it would only show the first page

Fixes a problem which was stopping print subscribers from retrieving their subscriptions

Fixes the problem of adverts overlaying content

Fixes a problem which could prevent the widget from updating

Various other fixes and enhancements

As ever, let us know if you find any issues either here or via apps.feedback@theguardian.com
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Martin Preston

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Does anyone else have issues with reading while there no data signal? I download overnight then try to read on the tube... This used to work but now the app goes nowhere when it starts.

I'm assuming it's the absence of data, but maybe not
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3.2.1.33 seems a lot more resilient to being out of signal, so whatever you did seemed to work! Thanks Rupert!
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Jonathan Hare-Winton
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Hi everyone, we've just released version 3.2 to the beta group, so this should be with you in the next hour or so

We've made some big changes around Search for this release, so please take a look and let us know what you think. This is very much a first increment of the redesigned Search, so any feedback is hugely welcome, and will help us refine the new functionality

We've also put in several fixes around offline reading, so get in touch if you experience any problems

As ever, thanks very much for continuing to take part in this group, all your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated
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Said B
 
Looks good so far, someone else noted on a previous comment thread that it's be good to get chronological sorting added to the search results.

The only bit I have to complain about is the constant surprise additions to the home screen. It'd be great for there to be some sort of dialogue asking me if I want bits added, rather than discovering it's there at the bottom or sometimes at the top. 'Take Part' appeared today with 'around the world' and I don't quite get why they get automatically added. 
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Ade S

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When commenting, the cut, copy and paste tools are not visible. I only know they're there because I accidentally pressed there after selecting some text. Upon closely examining the screen, it's just possible to make them out. For comparison, I've shown an image of where they are in an article 
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Ade S
 
While I've got you, when replying to a comment in an article, the comment text is truncated. I'm not sure whether this is by design though. And clicking links in comments doesn't work
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Rupert Bates
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Hi, we've just pushed out an update to the previous beta which fixes the issues identified with that build (advert placeholders in articles for subscribers and the erroneous 'comments closed' message).

It also introduces a new feature, saved page synchronisation.

Starting with this build any articles which you add to your 'Saved for later' section are backed up and synchronised across any device you sign in to. 

There are a couple of limitations with this at the moment: Firstly it currently only works with Android devices (iOS support is on its way very soon) and secondly it may take up to an hour for devices to sync.

This last limitation is so we can ensure we don't overwhelm our servers, and we are actively working to make sync as near to instantaneous as possible.

As always, please use this new feature and let us know what you think, your feedback is very valuable to us.
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The system has been designed in such a way that this will be possible in future but it is not on the roadmap for desktop at the moment.
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A reboot fixed it :)
 
I just updated to lollipop on the Nexus 5 and the widget's writing is now quite small. Using Google Now Launcher
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Ade S

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Which is which? Is there a difference? What is the difference? 
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+Damian Shaw the best way to report a longer list of issues is to email userhelp@theguardian.com. Please ensure you mention that you are a beta user so that we know what version of the app you are running. If its only a few issues, please just post on here, as we'll be able to get back to you quicker
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Steve Block

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I thought the section title on your home page like sport or music used to work as a link to the section and they don't do that anymore. Is that a change or a bug?
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+Gwyn Lockett cool many thanks really love the app.
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