Change Log

Version 2.11

  • Winter Olympics added to categories.

Version 2.10.x

  • Story layout fixes.

Version 2.10

  • Fix fetching of thumbnails.
  • Fetch 240px thumbnails instead of ones specified in XML feed.
  • Fix Olympics (too late I know, sorry).
  • Improved layout on Nexus 5X when running ‘Small’ display size on Android 7 (Nougat).

Version 2.9.5

  • Remove ‘Share’ links from top of stories.

Version 2.9.4

  • Fix for match reports not showing any content.

Version 2.9.3

  • Fix for sport stories not showing any content (caused by recent change to BBC website).
  • Material theme for Android 5.0 and above.

Version 2.9.2

  • Fix updating (fixed problem caused by recent change to BBC website).

Version 2.9.1

  • Fixes a bug in writing section break lines which sometimes caused missing story content.

Version 2.9

  • Switched to full feeds (mobile ones aren’t being updated correctly and contain out-of-date items).
  • Don’t display image/media captions.
  • Display images used for lines as an <hr> tag.
  • Tables given same formatting as asides.
  • No longer attempt to show image on story.
  • Made image larger in story lists.
  • Darts feed corrected.
  • Other Sports feed removed.
  • Filter out audio/video/pictures stories.

Version 2.8

  •  Fix updating.

Version 2.7

  •  Fix updating (fixed problem caused by recent change to BBC website).
  • Tablet layout improvements.
  • Minor layout improvements and tidy up.

Known issues

  • Crash when swiping on some versions of Android (I’ve been unable to reproduce)

Future release suggestions

  • Specific time(s) for update.
  • Increase download frequency when charging and connected to WiFi.
  • WiFi only mode.
  • Other news sources.
  • Unread indicators.

Version 2.6

  • Fix dark theme (for HTC devices at least).

Version 2.5

  • Reduce likelihood of accidental swipes.
  • Show toast when deleting old stories prior to an update.
  • Move ‘Delete all’ to Settings and prompt.
  • Add back button for Jelly Bean devices.
  • Corrected footer links.
  • Try to fix dark theme problem – appearing as white with white text.

Version 2.4

  • Fix problems caused by changes to the BBC’s mobile pages.

Version 2.3

  • Fix problems caused by changes to the BBC Sport feeds.

Version 2.2

  • Fix problems caused by new BBC Mobile website.
  • No longer tries to load a Javascript file (preventing display of text with dark theme).
  • Asides formatted to distinguish from the main story text.
  • Added two new text sizes XL and XXL.
  • Tried to fix crash on some devices when swiping.

Version 2.1

  • Fix problems caused by new BBC Sport website.
  • New sport categories: Football – Premier League, Football – Championship.
  • Removed ‘Gossip’ categories (feeds no longer available).
  • Improvements to display on Android 4.0 (ICS) phones (split action bar).

Version 2.0

  • Tablet layout, including Android 3.x theme.
  • Swipe left/right to read next/previous story.
  • Fixed crash seen on Android 3.x when zoom controls are enabled (tested on a XOOM running Android 3.1).
  • Improved performance of scrolling story lists – caching Views and Bitmaps.
  • Fix Android 1.5 layout.

Version 1.9.2

  • Fixed orientation change problems (text not shown when using dark theme, title not showing category).

Version 1.9.1

  • Fixed display of stories which have no image.
  • Turned off logging (on by mistake in 1.9).
  • Changed title of ‘Front Page’ category to ‘Top Stories’ in line with BBC site.
  • Switch editions properly for news stories.
  • Images optimised.

Version 1.9

  • Use larger thumbnail images (when available).
  • Show image in stories.
  • New categories: Economy, Magazine, Olympics, Other sport.
  • New UK Edition categories: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East, South Asia, US & Canada.
  • Sped up downloads (using compression).
  • News category included in titles (when available in feed).
  • Fixed in-story links.
  • Reverted England category back to mobile feed.
  • Fixed bug with ‘updated’ in title.
  • Added extra menu icons (for different Android versions).
  • Added US English translations.
  • Protection against reported Force Closes (NPE).
  • Improved filtering out of ‘Live’ stories.

Version 1.8

  • Dark theme.
  • Formula 1 – Gossip category.

Version 1.7.3

  • Smaller size.
  • Updated menu icons for Android 2.3.
  • Fix for “null” category sometimes seen.

Version 1.7.2

  • Darts category.

Version 1.7.1

  • Headlines resized too.
Version 1.7
  • Default text size setting (Menu -> Settings -> Story text size)
  • Enable zoom controls setting (Menu -> Settings -> Enable zoom)

Version 1.6.3

  • Support for small screens, including a LDPI app icon.

Version 1.6.2

  • Layout fixes for HDPI and LDPI devices.
  • HDPI update menu icon.
  • HDPI application icon.

Version 1.6.1

  • England category using full feed.
  • Selects only small thumbnail files to download.

Version 1.6

  • Share and View original story menu options.
  • Football gossip category.

Version 1.5.2

  • Maintenance release to deal with networks such as T-Mobile UK fiddling with the HTML.
  • Updated Categories in World Edition (added US & Canada, Latin America etc.)
  • Naming update for some Categories.
  • Use mobile feeds for News.

Version 1.5.1

  • Maintenance release to deal with new URLs employed on the updated (14 Jul 2010) BBC News website.

Version 1.5

  • Background updates while device is sleeping.
  • Next update time shown on Settings screen.
  • Full list of Sport categories as per the BBC Sport website.
  • New-style icon.
  • Prevent multiple ‘update alls’.

Version 1.4

  • Added ‘Update all now’ option.
  • Improved timing reliability of auto updates – store scheduled update time across service restarts.
  • Fixed minor display issue – removed horizontal scrollbars from some stories.
  • Known issue: scheduled updates not working when device is asleep.

Version 1.3

  • Added new sport categories: Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Golf.
  • Fixed an issue with news items not updating correctly.

Version 1.2

  • Fix a problem with some news stories having no content.
  • Perform search for old files to delete less often (should help with battery usage).

Version 1.1

  • Added new sport categories: Football (Soccer), Formula 1 and Tennis.
  • Fixed problem with World Cup match reports not being updated.
  • Changed default Download interval to 4 hours.
  • Added confirmation dialog when selecting Periodic downloads.

Version 1.0

  • Initial release.
  • Selectable BBC News categories.
  • Switch between BBC World and UK Editions.
  • Background updates at a fixed, configurable interval (automatically deleting older stories).
  • Starts on boot.
  • Option to delete all downloads.
  • Option to update now, from each news category screen.
  • Downloads stored on SD Card.

2 Responses to Change Log

  1. geexit says:


    I have started having problems the last few days getting news stories. Initially it seemed to be just sports stories beginning to dominate the Top Stories section, but this evening I have lost almost all stories in all sections.

    Do you think my app has somehow become corrupted, or that the BBC have been altering things again?


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