This sucks. Circa was the only news app I actually read on a daily basis. It was well designed, and a great experience. I honestly would of paid for a subscription.
I'm with you there. I have no idea how I'm going to fill that open spot on my home screen now.
Agreed. Anyone have any recommendations for an alternative to Circa?
Edit: See Greg Beck's comment below.
Have you used Google Play Newsstand? It is well designed and you can add your own blogs for offline viewing. It comes built into android phones and is also available for iOS. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-play-newsstand/id459182288?mt=8
Yeah, this is one of the few apps I'd pay for.
Damn. I really like Circa, and use it daily.
Any good alternatives?
Thanks for the suggestions.
I'll give Yahoo News a shot. Tho I'll probably default to Apple News when it comes out.
I gave Paper a go for a while when it came out. It's nice. But I just loved the simplicity of Circa.
Gonna miss that one :'|
I use NYT Now.
Shameless plug, but if you have an iPhone you should check out BriefMe:
It's headline news like Circa, but with a ranking system at the core.
Small suggestion here. I opened the website and there's just the video. I usually won't watch any video because that's too much effort for me.
There should be some text just briefly explains what your app does.
Plus, I decided to press on the button, and the video still doesn't play, as well as showing a somewhat creepy man's face there. It was not a great experience and might affect the download rate.
Thanks for the suggestion. According to the Youtube API docs, you have to click on the native player or else Youtube won't recognize the views. It's annoying, I know.
If you click on the hamburger icon (top right), you should be able to see an "About" section, by the way. Let me know if there's anything that's not straightforward!
yea that's definitely annoying. I think there're some workaround for this. For example flow did a good job on their landing page here: https://www.getflow.com
For the hamburger icon, as a lot of designers here have discussed that, it might not be a good solution. I do a lot of user testing stuff and what I observe is almost nobody tap on the hamburger icon even on mobile. So if you hide important information under manu or layers, people just won't see it.
Ha, just came across this video the other day. Gonna give it a shot!
Hah, I know the CEO and was skeptical about the app at first, but it actually gives you the headline news of the day. Not sure its for everyone especially those who are particularly cynical... I love it and use it all the time.
Only ask is that you get some native app views for the articles themselves! I hate being forwarded to the articles websites...
We're actually working on our own native view at the moment, and it should be a part of the next update. Glad to hear you're enjoying the app though -- let me know if you have any other thoughts or feedback!
Here's what I use:
- Inside.com - Great app that has the human-curated and bite-sized info of Circa. Because they crowdsource their updates, I'm hoping it'll be around for a while. Inside is actually what alerted me to Circa's shutdown.
- Briefing - Email newsletter that hits you with a short blurb of the top four or five stories of the day. Sometimes also includes recommended articles.
- Vox Sentences - Newsletter from Vox, that takes sentences from various reports around a specific topic to give you a cursory understanding of the story.
Of course, I also check other sites throughout the day: Twitter, Android Police, The Verge, DN, etc. etc.
I just replaced NYT Now with Buzzfeed News (http://www.buzzfeed.com/about/news-app).
They are very similar, and you can’t go wrong. I switched back and forth for a while, and BN just won out.
One noticeable difference: BN seems to cross-post from other sites more… and the articles are more my style.
My gotos are Flipboard, NYT Now, and Digg. Looking forward to see how the new Apple News app fairs as well.
I wonder why their funding dried up? Seemed like it was firing on all cylinders.
Sad to hear but that team was badass and they will rise again :)
Sad to hear this. Circa was design focused and simple and was my go-to app for news.
Never heard of it. Perhaps more should have been spent on their marketing budget?
RIP Circa. This was the only news app I used. Anyone have any recommendations?
That was least expected :-/