USCHO releases new app for start of 2019-20 season

Coinciding with the start of the 2019-20 college hockey season, USCHO.com has released a redesigned app. The most resent set of patches were released 11/21/2019.

Patch 3.18 IOS and 2.18 Android focused around navigational changes and a few small stability fixes on each app. The list of fixes and improvements is getting much smaller.

Since Android 2.10 google is showing crash sometimes on Team pages. It’s rare but we think we have identified the cause of issue and this patch fixes.

We recently added the poll ranking to the standings data feed to the apps. Both apps had issues when you click on a ranked team. The patch fixes this.

The biggest changes in this release is with Gameday navigation. For those of you that like to see “All Games” there is now a tab. There is also a tab for Top 20 teams so you can see how the top 20 did faster. Lastly we added NC and EX games to the confence tabs so you can see how all the teams in that conference did on one view.

At this point we do not have many ideas left on how to improve the navigation. We realize that swiping right and left or clicking on tab header between tabs is different than scrolling up and down. A large number of apps like Instagram use the technique. By having the “All Games” tab you can swipe up and down if that is your preferred navigation. Clicking on conference or swipping to conference presents less data and it should be easier to find the game you are looking for with less games epecially after we added the NC amnd EX. Most nights they fit on the initial view of a larger phone.

So if you still do not like the navigation, we will need more insight into what your concerns are.

Both apps have officially cleared their beta and this release focuses on performance upgrades and new features. Again, if you have issue or want a new feature please use the Report a site problem .

If you like the progress we made, give us a favorable review. Most people only report negative reviews and the beta launch has had many issues that many of you have played a critical role communicating to us. If you are pleased with the progress be sure to give us a favorable review.

WHAT’S NEW

This is a complete redesign of the USCHO Android and Apple iOS apps. We removed many clicks and increased font size to make it more user friendly. We will continue to monitor the app for crashes and fix any issues in the coming weeks. Make sure you download the latest versions.

There is a great deal of subtle detail in the app. The more you play with it the more you will understand. While some people may have the opinion that the previous app was better, it was at end of life and was not able to support improvements. Most issues were relatively easy to fix. Thanks again for all the feedback. It helps prioritize the fixes. Keep the feedback coming so we can continuously improve the apps.

Latest versions Android 2.18, IOS 3.18

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

– Android Stability: Fix a crash added in 2.10
– Android & IOS Stability: Fix a crash related to ranked teams and clicking on team on standings page
– Both: Add Top 20 and All Games tab to gameday
– Both: Added NC and EX games to Gamday conference tabs so you can see all teams in the conference not just conference games

FUTURE UPGRADES

– IOS: Last game on list seems to be partially cut off on gameday.
– IOS: Alert for new versions with link to Apple Store
– IOS: Conference slider on tabs does not always slide like android swipe pager
– Android: Move from Local Notifications to Push Notifications.
– Android: Alert user of poor internet connection causing delays.

PREVIOUS RELEASE NOTES

– Android Stability: Fix a crash added in 2.15
– Nav Change (Both): Added a “gameday” button to go back from box to gameday view
– Nav Change (IOS): Removed default loading of a team when non selected on team page. Opened team drop down when no team selected.
– Android Nav Change: Removed default loading of a team when non selected on team page. Added a list of teams in conference.
– Performance (Both): Numerous changes to how much data is pulled and when screens redraw.
– Tweak (IOS): Added Shootout winner to box view
– Android: Stability patch for unwanted redirects
– Android: Prevent random crash on Team page
– IOS: Patch for Push notifications
– IOS: Two small presentation issues
– IOS: Gameday issues. White screens and performance issues when full range of games Live.
– Both: Redirect to first page on game day when favorite team not sent
– Both: Reduce calls to bare minimum for refresh during gameday, delay starting refresh
– IOS: Fixes an issue where favorite team conf lost on days where real conference games played and app completely closed and not left running in background. Toggle favorite team on and off and leaving app in memory avoids the issue.
– Android: Make sure data is compressed via HTTPS call.
– Android: Add link to Play Store when version needs updating.
– IOS: Review larger format phones and tablets and make buttons and text bigger
– Added additional inks to Fan Forum for easier access.
– Added an FAQ
– Fixed a refresh issue in game day that was redirecting you to the wrong conference
– Updated some team logos
– Android: Captured a bug causing crashes in Android 9
– Android: Added an alert for new versions
– IOS: Fixed a format issue on Iphones with higher resolution screens (Iphone 8Plus, XR, …)
– IOS: Fixed most of issues where favorite team used to help simplify navigation between tabs
– IOS: Added links to the News and Podcasts
– IOS: Fixed an issue in formatting of live boxes
– IOS: Fixed 2 issues with live game refresh not showing in all locations
– IOS: Fixed an issue with Push Notifications
– Captured a bug where users where idle for a while and came back in causing fatal crash
– Added some error handling around no data available
– Fixed some formatting issues
– Improved game day center
– Added team logos
– Added favorite team feature
– Added notifications for goals, end of period and end of game for favorite team.
– Created cross links between standings, rankings and team info
– Numerous navigational improvements
– Added a privacy data policy section
– Fixed crash on open from shortcut

To get the app, visit the Google Play store or Apple’s app store to get the latest.

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