Purpose of App Review
To explore an international organization’s news feed app.
WHO (World Health Organization) News for Android is an up-to-date app that keeps users apprised of the most recently published content from the WHO website.
WHO News uses RSS (really simple syndication) feeds to bring the latest news items into the hands of users on their mobile devices.
WHO News is limited on the types of RSS feeds available, though.
They are listed as follows on the app’s homepage:
- WHO News
- Emergencies and disasters
- Pandemic (H1NI) 2009
- Disease Outbreaks
- Avian influenza
- WHO Director-General speeches
- Maternal, newborn and child health
The homepage also gives a description of each RSS feed so users know what to expect when choosing a feed to view in more detail.
The list may seem limited to some, but it covers most of the original content published on the WHO site and there are many news stories to browse within each category.
WHO News is probably most popular for its simplicity and ease of use. It works between a couple of different screens before bringing users to the WHO site to view the news items they have ultimately chosen.
Navigationally, WHO News is intuitive in that it understands what a user’s option is when searching for a desired news item. Users can either keep browsing and choosing different feeds, or they can choose a title which points to the WHO on the web.
After choosing an article and being brought to the WHO’s website, users are still reading within the confines of the WHO News interface–which is a strong point of this app. By not opening the mobile device’s browser to read a news items, the app allows users to quickly move forward and backward to view other news items.
- Simple design and intuitive navigation
- WHO website news stories viewable within the app
- Brief descriptions of what the top-level RRS feed categories are
- Inability to send/share news item URL’s or full text
- Some news items point to broken links or page not found error messages
- Offers a simple way of remaining up-to-date on news items
- Uses RSS feeds to alert users of recent news stories
- Does not allow users to save/send/share news items found
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4
- User Interface – 5
- Multimedia usage – 3 (could include videos or images from the WHO resources)
- Price – 5
- Real world applicability – 3
Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)
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