Usability.

Ben Logan
18 October 2014

Movie streaming service Netflix has released an update to its Android app this week – following from what seems like a strong cycle of usability testing, it boasts an overhauled user interface and more streamlined navigation. Despite several updates, up until now the Netflix Android app did not deliver the best user experience, so people mainly accessed the app as the best source for video streaming on Android and Chromecast. The revamped Netflix Android app however has seen a complete overhaul, featuring a vastly improved UI, a better navigation bar, fast touch response and smoother lock screen playback controls. In…

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Marianne Brierley
4 April 2014

Investment Explorer App from Fidelity has received positive reviews from The Telegraph this week, showing that involving user testing in the development process can improve user experiences and boost business.

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Ben Logan
23 January 2014

Microsoft’s Office Web Apps has now received a refresh, bringing a new user interface and additional useful features. The Office Web Apps interface now sports a more flattened look, with improved spacing to make it touch-friendly – although it isn’t a fully touch-optimised UI, Microsoft has previously announced that it’s developing a version of Office that has been designed specifically for touch and Windows 8.1, so the latest enhancements are a step in that direction. The most significant change to be noted is a new “Tell Me” bar that sits at the top of documents so that users can conveniently…

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Ben Logan
18 December 2013

International company MovingKit.com has announced a newly redesigned website with vastly improved usability and enhanced functions. Their lead designer explained the aim and issues behind the firm’s UX overhaul: “If the end user cannot figure out how to navigate our website that is content that cannot be uncovered. We want our users to know everything we have to offer!” MovingKit.com CMO added: “We have a very large portion of our budget devoted towards marketing. We have to make sure that the people who come to our website are not just coming and then leaving because it is too complicated.” To iron…

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Ben Logan
2 December 2013

TV subscribers with a YouView set-top box will be glad to know that a soon-to-be released update will provide a number of nifty usability enhancements, particularly when it comes to users who struggle with operating the remote control for searches. YouView software version 8.1 will allow people to use a USB keyboard to make the programme search process more smooth sailing. Although this new keyboard functionality is primarily being rolled to help visually-impaired viewers, it will also be a relief for those who simply find using the remote for searches clunky – people will no longer have to use SMS-style…

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Ben Logan
27 November 2013

YouTube has now released their latest update – V5.3.23 features some user interface tweaks as well as a few other minor under-the-hood enhancements. It must be said that the UI changes are so subtle that many won’t notice them. For example, the slide-out menu used to have Uploads, History, Favourites, Playlists, and Watch later, followed by the user’s subscriptions; in the latest version Google has added “What to Watch and My Subscriptions” above those icons and have also mixed them up a little. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Google’s usability team is constantly on the case when it comes…

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