Thursday, July 7, 2011

Radical Media updates its massive Gagosian Gallery app; update brings in new content and keeps app fresh

When your app weighs in at over 600 MB it needs to be damn good if the users is going to keep it on their tablet. Taking up so much room, the temptation is always going to be to dump the app to make room for more mindless games.

The other way to justify all that storage space, is to make sure that app us updated occasionally.
A little over a month ago, Radical Media released an app for Gagosian Gallery. The free app is a provides an overview of the exhibitions and projects at the gallery, and the developer promised to update the app quarterly.

In the meantime, however, the app has been updated after only three weeks. This update adds content and keeps the app fresh and top of mind.

In addition to a few navigation and stability fixes, the app update also adds films by Richard Phillips and Francesco Vezzoli, new artwork images from artists Piero Golia, Joel Morrison, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, and Franz West, as well as some updated artist biographies.

This is a free app remember, so the expectation of frequent updates is not there, though they are very much appreciated. But publishers should try to remember that if they produce an app which does not have automatically updated content (because it brings in RSS feeds, for instance) then they should avoid the trap of thinking their paid app edition is finished just because it has launched into the App Store.