Bit of a freeform rant here.
The Verge posted this, titled: 'Uber’s app takes longer to open thanks to its new logo'.
The author, Micah Singleton, is claiming that Uber's app takes longer to load because of the loading animation in the beginning. Although I have not tested this myself (and I'm confident the author did not either), I have a feeling that the loading animation only masks the actual loading time by replacing the more or less static screen that used to be there.
Not only are they strongly accusing them of something that is probably false, they are doing it in a very patronizing way that is a little infuriating:
"Well, someone forgot to check on the most important factor when it comes to making major changes to an app that millions of people use on a daily basis — the load time."
To think that someone 'forgot' to check to see if the loading animation artificially increases loading time, at a company at a scale as Uber's, is very unrealistic. If it were true, I would be shocked that something like that would happen at Uber.
I've called themout on this, but no response. Of course this is not the end of the world, and this is The Verge we're talking about (not where I would expect high rigour in journalism), but it still makes me a little confused, especially given that many designers use animations as a tool to improve perceived loading speeds, not the opposite.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Bonus points if you can test this to actually prove whether it takes longer to cold start the app or not.