This app just has a hodgepodge of old and newish stories, some of which conflict. “Astros win!” “Astros lose.” Which is it? Treat the app like a paper, you bozos.
Easy to navigate and read the digital Chronicle and no waiting for delivery every morning.
The Houston Chronicle used to be a newspaper. It has turned into nothing more than a propaganda sheet for the democratic party. We no longer can even read front page “news” stories that are not editorials. Some of the biggest stories that affect our very democracy are not even covered: The Russian collusion investigation findings. The Oval Office directing the FBI to spy on the incoming administration. Biden’s quid pro quo with Ukraine. Weaponizing the IRS against conservative organizations. The shutdown of coverage of the findings from the Hunter Biden laptop. The very real instances of fraudulent and unlawful conduct in our last election. The snap impeachment, conducted without even a single witness being called. I have found no mention of John Sullivan since the riot. No condemnation of the shutdown of speech on social media platforms. The Chronicle is complicit in all of these abuses of our democracy. You are only complicit now; you should realize that it’s only a matter of time until your “news” coverage will be dictated to you. A free and fair press is the guardian of democracy. Your job is to hold the politicians in check, and report abuses.
The app is glitchy, takes too long to load articles, does not hold the position in an article if you switch off the app before completing reading (instead taking you back to the top), and occasionally takes you off an article altogether. Additionally, articles that appear on the front page are not always available under their applicable sections (this particularly clearly happens with business and sports articles), and the search feature is not very functional. Please use the WSJ app and model any updates on that functionality.
The Houston Chronicle Apple app REMOVED THE US & WORLD NEWS section on 12-22-2020. There are no settings to add it. I telephoned the help line and they could not find that section. They offered no solution. Has the Houston chronicle moved to being only local news??
Update 1/7/21: Got an email from the publisher requesting I check out and review their update. It’s even worse. Nothing has been fixed. It’s just a web browser now. Update 6/14/20: Still far below average. No meaningful changes in the last year or more. I’m still paying for the Chronicle because I support local news, but I still blaze through this as fast as I can because the experience is just awful. Subheadings frequently don’t match *any* text in the story, but they’re frequently cut short. Wanted to know how that sentence ended? Too bad! Navigation remains my biggest pet peeve. No swiping right to get to the section/story list, that takes you to the previous story. This is unlike every other news outlet. I can’t reorder sections, or hide them. Stories appear in multiple sections, frequently for no apparent reason. What I’d really like is *just* the stories from today’s print edition. Unfortunately, you’ll get stories from up to a week ago, sometimes jumbled into today’s news. See below for more. What a disaster. Update 4/1/19: All the below still stands. It’ll honor system font size, but if you want something else you’re out of luck. Truly awful. I’m still paying, but only because I want to support local news. I scan through as fast as I can to find the local stuff - and it’s not always in the right place or labels as such - and move on to far better news apps, with far better news, organization, and control. Update 2/9/19: Today’s lead story in the app: “Etiquette Offers No Hard Rules About Newlywed’s Last Name.” At this point I’m paying because I believe in supporting local news, but I blast through my HouChron experience as fast as I can because it’s just awful. Original review below. With the new version 3.x, the Chronicle is beginning to join the 2010s for digital newspaper design. Unfortunately, they’ve overshot a bit due to some unfortunate industry trends and a few poor choices. The good: I much prefer the layout of the section pages, and the typeface is nice and readable...mostly. The images and the slideshow presentation is much better. And that’s it. The bad: Readability: Type size adjustments are allowed, sort of . While you’re at it, break some new ground and let me adjust the size of the margins. The lines in the stories are too wide, which hurts readability. There’s a reason print newspapers have columns that are only 5-6 words wide. Perhaps the news people could wander over to the tech people and let them know. Links to websites are displayed in yellow. Yellow? If you use true tone and darken the white point a bit, what little contrast there is between the white background and the yellow text disappears. Seriously, people. Links are blue. Every time. Don’t get cute with the color scheme. I know yellow is part of the Chronicle's color palette, and I don’t care. This is a web trend that needs to go away. There’s no dark mode. This isn’t in every news app, but I love it when it is. Again, blue links when you do this! Navigation: Navigation is a strong effort, and fails. The section headers are just wrong. The app opens to “Houston News,” which in any other app is “Front Page” or “News.” This section isn’t Houston news, it’s got stories from across the country and world because it’s the front page. Later on, we run across “US News” which is in theory national news. There’s no “local” section. Why is there “Texas Politics,” but no “National Politics?” Why is national politics in there? And let’s not forget “Texas Sports Nation,” which is national sports - not just Texas. I see what you’re trying to do here, but again: stop trying to be cute. It’s “Sports.” It’d be great to be able to reorder those sections. Just saying. It’s, you know, digital. If you’re reading a story and want to go back to the headlines to find your next story, the only way to do so is to hit the tiny text that matches the section title in the upper left corner. If you used system search to get to the app, you’ve got a better-than-average chance of hitting the “Search” text, which will take you out of the app. Alternatively, if you hit just a bit low, nothing happens. To bury the lede, why can’t we swipe from the left side of the page to go back to the headlines like every other news app? That action in the current version of the app takes me to the previous story. I don't want to read every story - I just want to see the headlines and choose my own. Finally, there’s too much white space on the pages. Again, this is a web trend where white space is king at the expense of showing content that could be useful. I really liked the old app's list of stories within the section on the left. This allows narrower story columns and built in navigation...maybe. This gets in the way of swiping from the left... Content: Holy cow, people. There are opinion pieces in the sports section today. Local stories show up in the national news. Some stories show up in three or more sections - think new restaurant opening downtown. That’s in “Houston News,” “Business,” “Flavor,” “Entertainment,” and maybe “Real Estate.” Worse, once it’s read there’s no way to tell you’ve read it in the next section. And since stories hang around for days, and occasionally change headlines, you’ll get to click on it again and again! Figure out what the story is. Put it in one section - the correct one! Look. This update is a step in the right direction, which is why I went from one to two stars. But it’s so difficult to use and read that I find myself skimming through it as fast as possible so I can use the far better apps from WP and NYT. I wholeheartedly support local news. I will continue to do so. But dang. Almost all of these problems are - from my perspective - caused by web and app developers run amok with no news people checking in.
App is much better than before. Love the search feature.
Unable to access past issues with new App release.
I have had a print description for many years. As of Nov 2020, the App tells me I need to subscribe or link my subscription! When I try to link, it opens up to confirm my print subscription, but will not link! Aggravating!
Notifications open to the Home Screen of the app, then when you can find the article you were interest in reading and click on it - there’s a spinning whee of death that never gets resolved. You have to kill the app and reopen it, and then hope you can find the article you were notified about