Monday, October 10, 2011

Media app launches and updates: Hanley Wood releases news app for Architect; Facebook app gets update to add iPad; Xfinity updates app to improve iOS 5 compatibility

Hanley Wood has released a second app in support of its B2B magazine, Architect. The app, Architect News, is an RSS feed reader that brings in news from the publisher's website.
The app was created by Decision Counsel, a Berkeley, California based strategic branding and interactive agency that had previously released a similar app for another Hanley Wood property, Builder. The app was cleanly developed, but its design is, well, rather simple – more a Walmart in appearance rather than a Guggenheim.

The app appears under the Decision Counsel name, rather than Hanley Wood. This is a similar situation to that of Architect's other iPad app released under the RR Donnelley name, Architect Reader Magazine – that app is an enhanced replica edition

Architect magazine not that long ago became the "official" magazine for the American Institute of Architects, grabbing that label away from McGraw-Hill's ArchRecord.

There is lots of buzz today about the fact that Facebook has updated its iOS app to add in iPad support. The new app will probably show up as an update in iTunes for a lot of people.

Interestingly, the app is not currently appearing under iPad apps, though the iPhone version shows clearly that the app is now universal. Since the tech sites love to talk about Facebook I'll leave it to them to discuss the app.

One app that surprisingly doesn't get that much use in my house is the Xfinity TV app. I really don't know why that is, though I would guess it has something to do with the fact that it really doesn't do much that can't be done with the remote.

The biggest advantage of the app is that you can play on demand programming (though not live television). But the selection is limited to premium movie channels only.

In any case, the app was updated today to fix some bugs and to make sure the app is compatible with iOS 5 when it is released on Wednesday.