Welcome to the Android Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 33
Like Tree4Likes
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  
    Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Android Central Editor in Chief

    Posts
    4,702 Posts
    Global Posts
    4,876 Global Posts

    Default The new Android Central homepage



    Welcome to the next iteration of Android Central. We'd give you a version number but, frankly, we have no idea what version we're on.. Just like Android, we keep on doing our thing. (Though we're able to get updates to all of you at one time, which is awesome.)

    So what's new? We just rolled out a new version of our homepage filter, with much more filtering power behind it.

    You now have three main options for content on the Android Central home page.

    • Featured content: You're not going to see every story in this view. This is the best of the best. Or maybe the least of the worst. If you're looking for the most important news of the day, this is where you'll find it.
    • All headlines: With this view, you get the raw feed. Everything we post goes here -- a veritable waterfall of Android news. You'll see featured stories here as well, played a little more prominently. You can also see at a glance when the post went up, as well as the number of comments.
    • Latest discussions: We have the most helpful and friendly Android forums around, bar none. And now you can see the latest forum discussions -- as well as the device they're tied to -- directly on the home page.


    ​But, Phil, I want the headlines as my default home page!

    Then set them as your homepage, homeslice! When you first come to the home page now, you'll see the featured stories by default. But click over to the headlines, and you'll see an option in the top right to see them as your default.

    Change your mind and want featured stories or discussions as your default? You can change back and forth as much as you want!

    Why did you do this? I hate change!

    Let's face it, the amount of Android news that comes through here daily can be daunting. I know -- even I can have a hard time keeping up with it all. Now the really important stuff is right where you need it. The hardcore news junkies should use the headlines column by default. (That's what I'm using.) But if you want just the best of the best, or are more concerned about forum discussions, you now have the option to see them first.

    Is it always going to be like this?

    Nope. It's going to get even better. We're already hard at work on the next iteration of Android Central. Android didn't become the best mobile operating system by sitting around, and we didn't become the biggest and best Android site by resting on our laurels, either.

    Can I make a suggestion?

    Please do! Look, this isn't perfect just yet. We already have ideas of what we want to change and improve on. And we want to hear form you, too. Leave your feedback in this thread.

    These are exciting times, folks. And we're glad you're along for the ride.
  2. #2  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Nice.. Options.. We like options
  3. #3  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Not bad, although I don't like how cramped and "non-picturey" the headlines tab is, and I don't know if I can handle being on the featured tab knowing I may miss some news items. I need to have my entire Android fix dammit! :P
    dr4stic and moosc like this.
  4. #4  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    damn. I liked being able to click on the 'Phone' tab and just read phone news. O wait, it's a dropdown menu option under 'All Headlines.'

    Took a minute to find, but okay. I'd suggest adding that filter back to the default view, though.
  5. #5  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    I agree on the cramped look of the headlines view. It is nice to know that if I'm off of here for most of a day, I won't have to click back through 2+ pages of news, but it would also be nice for me not to have to go off the main page to get a preview of stories. I don't care THAT much about Samsung SD cards, but it would be nice to see a picture and sarcastic blurb about them quickly.

    Possible solution: have each item in the headlines drop-down into the full preview as it was generated for the old front page and still is for featured content. From there we can click through to the full story, should we choose to do so.
  6. #6  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    I don't mind the change to have a "Featured Stories" page and an "All Headlines" page. But I don't like the format of the "All Headlines" page. I can't just scroll through and read these articles. I will have to click on each on to read it. That a lot more clicks and pages to wait to load, especially one a mobile device. I'd rather wait for one page to load (even if it takes longer) and then read everything, than to wait forward each article to load separately.
  7. #7  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    What am I going to get in RSS feeds - Featured or All?
  8. Thread Author  Thread Author    #8  
    Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Android Central Editor in Chief

    Posts
    4,702 Posts
    Global Posts
    4,876 Global Posts

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Quote Originally Posted by donniezazen View Post
    What am I going to get in RSS feeds - Featured or All?
    All. That hasn't (and won't change). Likely will set up individual feeds -- still working on exactly how we want to do that.
  9. #9  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Nickinson View Post
    All. That hasn't (and won't change). Likely will set up individual feeds -- still working on exactly how we want to do that.
    Individual feeds would be great for overcoming RSS overload. Thanks.
  10. #10  
    FrankXS's Avatar

    Posts
    3,148 Posts
    Global Posts
    3,645 Global Posts
    Carrier
    Latest OTA Official ROM

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Thank you. I like the changes. Much more convenient for me. I like the flexibility of a user's choice of displays.

    -Frank
  11. #11  
    moosc's Avatar
    Grand Master Moosc

    Posts
    3,542 Posts
    Global Posts
    5,616 Global Posts
    Carrier
    AKOP M4 old geezer theme

    Default

    Mobile sight is bla I get still loading on 3 things.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk
  12. #12  
    FrankXS's Avatar

    Posts
    3,148 Posts
    Global Posts
    3,645 Global Posts
    Carrier
    Latest OTA Official ROM

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Quote Originally Posted by moosc View Post
    Mobile sight is bla I get still loading on 3 things.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk
    Just for another datapoint... I'm not having any issues with the new mobile site. Seems fine. This is on the stock HTC Thunderbolt browser. I wonder if perhaps your connection is not-so-hot? Or maybe this is something clearing the browser's cache may help?

    -Frank
  13. #13  
    moosc's Avatar
    Grand Master Moosc

    Posts
    3,542 Posts
    Global Posts
    5,616 Global Posts
    Carrier
    AKOP M4 old geezer theme

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankXS View Post
    Just for another datapoint... I'm not having any issues with the new mobile site. Seems fine. This is on the stock HTC Thunderbolt browser. I wonder if perhaps your connection is not-so-hot? Or maybe this is something clearing the browser's cache may help?

    -Frank


    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk
  14. #14  
    FrankXS's Avatar

    Posts
    3,148 Posts
    Global Posts
    3,645 Global Posts
    Carrier
    Latest OTA Official ROM

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    You might want to check that "enable javascript" is selected in your browser. That's the only other thing I can think of.

    -Frank
  15. #15  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    I can live with the new layout, but I am having a technical issue. In the "All Headlines" tab, I can't middle click to open things in a new browser. I do that quite a lot with lists. I'll look at the main list and middle click to open things in tabs. Doing that in "All Headlines" now opens the link both in a new tab and the current tab.

    This isn't a problem in "Featured Stories"
  16. #16  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Ok, I've given the new layout some time, but I'm still not a fan. The previous layout was much easier to navigate and find info quickly. The new layout puts too much on one page. One thing I do like though is the "Show more headlines" option at the bottom. That would've been cool on the old layout and IMO the best of both worlds. Also, I clear my cookies after a browser session, so in order to see all headlines, I have to go through the extra steps every time. Grrrr It would be nice to move that setting into my account setup, so I can set it and forget it. Otherwise, as it is now I'm less inclined to visit the main page with this new layout.
  17. #17  

    Default

    I now hate the new layout when trying to enjoy the desktop version of the site in the stock browser on my Rezound. AC now is a site I won't bother reading while on the road (I don't like Reader apps).

    In the All Headlines view, every time I read a story and press the back button at the bottom of the phone, I get forced back into the Featured Stories tab. This happens whether I open the story in a new browser window or not. Completely complicates the reading experience.

    Sent from my ADR6425LVW using Tapatalk
  18. #18  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    How do you follow comments on Android Central? Spend an hour to find your comment and then reply to it.
  19. #19  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    On a 1920x1080 display, I have to scroll before I can read any content? That seems a little odd. I understand that you guys are here to make money. I totally support that, but I can't even see the first headline when I come to the site without scrolling down. It's 100% ads. Yes, some of those "ads" are advertising site content, but an ad for content is still an ad. It's not content.

    I really want to come to the site and read stuff. Once I've started reading, I'll keep scrolling and I'll be a happy little monkey scrolling and clicking through every page until I get to something I've already seen. If I come to the site and all I see is ads, that's just creepy and it makes me want to leave. I probably won't leave, because the content still rocks when I finally find it, but is AndroidCentral really "that" site? A main page that starts as 100% ads?

    In case anyone suspects I'm exaggerating, here's the screen cap. The only thing cropped off is the sides and the Windows system tray at the bottom. The screencap was 1052 pixels high before I shrank it 50% to make it fit in here.

    Dan
  20. #20  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    I use Firefox (sometimes Chrome) - both with AdBlock Plus installed; so, I never experience the problem of ad overload -- thankfully!

    My screenshot shows what the site looks like in Firefox with AdBlock Plus installed.

    Looks like I'm missing that garbage in the red zone in Dan's screenshot, but I don't care. I hate ads.
  21. #21  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    So, even with adblock, you only get to see the first line of text in the first headline. I guess that makes it easier for me to stick to my decision to not install adblock. I don't have any problem with ads, I just wish they weren't sucking up all of the space at the top of the main page. At least give me something on the main page.

    Here's this morning's adapallooza. Can't even tell what the first headline is.

    Dan
  22. #22  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan29466 View Post
    So, even with adblock, you only get to see the first line of text in the first headline. I guess that makes it easier for me to stick to my decision to not install adblock. I don't have any problem with ads, I just wish they weren't sucking up all of the space at the top of the main page. At least give me something on the main page.

    Here's this morning's adapallooza. Can't even tell what the first headline is.

    Dan
    Use a blocking HOSTS file (Google search for: MVPS Hosts). It not only blocks ads, but known malicious websites, etc. I've used it for years on my Windows systems and swear it has blocked malware from even getting to them while browsing the far reaches of the web.
  23. #23  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Quote Originally Posted by donniezazen View Post
    How do you follow comments on Android Central? Spend an hour to find your comment and then reply to it.
    Use some Google foo, in the search box enter your username followed by site:www.androidcentral.com. It should look something like this in the search box: donniezazen site:www.androidcentral.com

    To filter by date, in the lower left, click "Show Search Tools" and select an option to immediately filter your results.
    TBolt likes this.
  24. #24  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    Use some Google foo, in the search box enter your username followed by site:www.androidcentral.com. It should look something like this in the search box: donniezazen site:www.androidcentral.com

    To filter by date, in the lower left, click "Show Search Tools" and select an option to immediately filter your results.
    Your process shouldn't be necessary. Android Central ought to be using DISQUS - or something similar - to help us sustain our discussions in blog comments. It's the only major failure at Android Central, imho.
  25. #25  

    Default Re: The new Android Central homepage

    Sorry, you're missing my point. I don't want to block ads. I don't mind the ads. I know this is a shocking idea, but I even click the silly things once in a while if they're interesting. I just wish the top 972 pixels of the main page weren't 100% taken up by the site banner and ads.

    The site banner is a little bit crazy too, btw. 190+ pixels for the site banner? With a big chunk of that wasted by the black "Mobile Nations" bar? Seriously, I don't care about the other Mobile Nations sites, but if I did, would I really need a banner that's 50 pixels high? That's how much space there is from the top of the screen to the tip of his highest antenna.

    Since there's no way that the full-width banner ad is going away, and I'm sure there'd be a metric crap-ton of politics involved in getting the Mobile Nations banner reduced in size, could you at least do away with those two column-width banner ads that are just advertising other stories?

    I just wanna see a story when I get to the site.

    Dan
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions