1. Kevin N Smith's Avatar
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    Newsroom

    Newsroom is a beautiful and innovative newsreader that is coming to Windows Phone soon - by the creator of Atmosphere!

    Newsroom takes the design principles of Atmosphere - it's flat, fluid UI - and combines it with useful, easy to use features that can be accessed in a single tap. I worked to ensure Newsroom included the most fluid animations and the most intuitive interface i've ever created while keeping the application feature-rich and usable. Below, i'll explain some of the app's top features, beta, launch, and monetization.

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    Features
    The following features are exclusive to newsroom:

    • Live Updating
    • Hyperlinks in Articles
    • News is always relevant to your selected country
    • Local news from your town or city
    • Articles and topics are in a rotating spotlight for easy discovery
    • Search and add any topic to your feed in seconds
    • When searching, Quick Summary displays a summary of the topic you searched for
    • Gesture support
    • Live Tile
    • Drill down deeper and see multiple viewpoints on any story


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    When I built Newsroom, I placed emphasis on Search and discovery of content because when I read the news, I like to become engrossed in Search, Hyperlinking, and learning. I made sure to include these three features into newsroom in a way that they appear organically - when you want to see it - and go away when you don't.[/CENTER]

    Quick Info
    Quick Info is a card which is displayed when you search for something, someone, or something. If you don't already know about the topic you are searching for, you can read the card and learn about who or what that person, article, or location is, why it is newsworthy, and then proceed to scroll down and view top articles about that topic.

    Discovery
    When I read the news, I like to discover things that are interesting or newsworthy without laborious searching and guessing on what to type into the search bar. That's why I built Discovery, a curated list of articles and topics to read and follow - updated a few times per day (Not updated during Alpha other then during tests)

    Interests
    Interests combines the first two features into a simple, user-friendly system to follow discovered or searched topics. When you find something you want to follow, just tap "Add To Feed" or the Plus depending on the context of the situation and it will be added to your newsfeed.

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    Local News
    Local News finds articles based on your current location, allowing you to see news that is relevant to your city. This isn't found in other mobile newsreaders and allows you to keep up on the smaller stories that are only relevant because you live in the area that they may have happened.

    Article View
    One of the core features of a mobile newsreader is the article view. Newsroom's article view includes hyperlink, image, and (possibly) video support. As one of the most advanced mobilizers ever, this feature can take most (99.5%) webpages and parse them into text that you can read on a phone. In case you are reading one of the 0.5% of articles that parse incorrectly, you can switch to the webpage view in a few taps.

    Live Updating
    *This is extremely early in development and will not be included in the Alpha
    Newsroom is the only - and will be the only - newsreader to include live updating. What that means is that for every new article that gets posted when you're using the app, you'll get a notification at the top of your screen. This notification has been designed specifically to not be disruptive when reading. When you single-tap the notification, you will dismiss it. Double tap it to load the newly-posted article.

    Beta

    Newsroom is currently in Alpha and is being tested by a small group of about 10 testers. We did this because we want the beta to be as usable as possible when I open it up to the public - Alpha is still missing major features and is simply not ready for public use yet.

    If Alpha goes as well as I expect it to, the Beta phase may be skipped. If it is, we will move directly into release phase. I'll ensure to update this section when I am closer to releasing Newsroom.

    Launch and Monetization

    Newsroom is expected to launch in the coming weeks - after thanksgiving but before Christmas. I may delay or shorten the launch window depending on Alpha progress. Newsroom will be heavily marketed at launch - I plan to request articles on most major Windows Phone news websites and launch an advertising campaign.

    I have yet to decide a monitization strategy being that I am extremely focused on developing the app and getting it out to the alpha testers as soon as I can, however there are some strategies I am considering:

    • Ads in app with price to remove the ads
    • Ads in app with price to remove the ads. Ad-Free session if you click an ad
    • Fixed price with trial


    If you would like to get live, daily updates on the development of Newsroom and Atmosphere, follow me on twitter at @Atmoweather!
    prasath1234 likes this.
    12-15-2014 08:31 PM
  2. TheMightyCraken's Avatar
    I'm all in for this! I'm sure its gonna be one of the best out there based on what came from Atmosphere Weather ;)
    12-16-2014 12:11 AM
  3. bozza72's Avatar
    looks good but whats the live tile going to look like ???
    12-16-2014 12:36 AM
  4. Kevin N Smith's Avatar
    looks good but whats the live tile going to look like ???
    As you can see from the alpha I haven't started work on it yet. Probably like the "MSN News" app or Cortana. Live tile isn't going to be one of the app's best features at lauch, but it will be there.
    12-16-2014 06:30 AM
  5. Stefan Holder's Avatar
    I'm interested.. I'm always glued to my phone reading news.. Can't wait.
    12-16-2014 06:47 AM
  6. cyborg4's Avatar
    If anyone's interested, I wrote up a review of the Newsroom Alpha app as it currently is. Just my thoughts on what looks like a great app.
    12-20-2014 11:59 PM
  7. Makm's Avatar
    Can you add the option to read news of different topics like the bing news app? For example when I search for the topic "windows phone" I don't want to follow news sources like wpcentral or the verge to read about that topic, I wanna read about that topic from all over the web.
    12-21-2014 12:30 AM
  8. lucas.scott's Avatar
    Will there be Feedly login support? That has become a must for me over the years.
    12-21-2014 12:41 AM
  9. Kevin N Smith's Avatar
    Can you add the option to read news of different topics like the bing news app? For example when I search for the topic "windows phone" I don't want to follow news sources like wpcentral or the verge to read about that topic, I wanna read about that topic from all over the web.
    Yes, you absolutely can do that.
    12-21-2014 08:13 AM
  10. Kevin N Smith's Avatar
    Will there be Feedly login support? That has become a must for me over the years.
    Feedly support isn't planned, but may come in a future update. The problem with it is that I would have to redesign the structure of the interest, login, and favorites system to work with Feedly.
    12-21-2014 08:15 AM
  11. Kevin N Smith's Avatar
    Rebuilt the article view, scrapping the webbrowser used in most other news apps for a completely proprietary solution. This solution basically parses the HTML directly into rich text, with the following improvements over the WebBrowser system used previously:
    - Fonts and font sizes controlled by the client, not the server, creating a unified experience across articles
    - Article Summaries
    - No more scrolling errors
    - Articles no longer cut off for any reason, go on endlessly
    - Page breaks for ads if I choose to monetize it in that way
    - You can't scroll past the end of the article
    - Anything other then text and images are filtered out; no large space between title and content.

    Here's how it looks:
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    12-24-2014 04:39 PM
  12. Freeman Apps's Avatar
    I love the app, I need your help to get my news reader app featured on Windows Central Kevin N Smith?
    01-19-2015 01:27 PM

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