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SBN iPhone App Update

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After getting feedback from people like you all over the network the tech team at SB Nation has updated the iPhone App. You can watch a demo video over at vimeo, but here's a breakdown of the improvements, many which readers here wanted. So if you are an iPhone guy go find the update, the entire staff at SBN is listening to you and will continue to improve this free product.

iOS 5 compatibility
For those of you who have updated to iOS 5, you might have noticed the current version of the app is a bit wonky. Version 1.1 will fix any of the bugs you're seeing in the app due to iOS 5.

Improved comments
The number one request when we launched the SB Nation app in August  was to make the comments better.  We heard you loud and clear.  Now you can enjoy virtually the same comment experience through the SBN iPhone app that you do on sites. With version 1.1 comments load much faster, we added a refresh button to pull in new comments, tap on any comment to reply to it in-line and you can mark comments as read by tapping a "next unread comment" button.  You can not Rec a comment from the app in this release, but it is on our to-do list for future updates.

Another top request was to to be able to read the FanPosts from your blogs.  When you go to your blog from your Lineup you'll see a toggle for Blog posts and Fanposts.  Tap Fanposts and you'll see the top recommended and recently posted FanPosts.  This will add a ton more content to your blogs and give your users more opportunities to
participate in the discussion by reading and replying to comments on FanPosts.  You can not add a new FanPost from the app... not yet at least.

Blog colors
To give blogs a sense of community and uniqueness, Version 1.1 adds a background color to the blogs name when accessed from your Lineup.  A little bit of familiar color goes a long way in making users feel at home when viewing the site in the app.  The blog color is whatever color we're using for its module headers on the site (the navigation, FanShots, FanPosts, Links, Most Commented, etc...)

In-app browser
Currently, when you tap on a link, we open up your iPhones' browser. A lot of you were inconvenienced by this experience so we made it high priority to fix.  Now when you click on a link from an article in the app, we open up the URL in an in-app browser.  You can browse the site for as long as you want.  When you want to go back to where you were in the SB Nation app, just tap the "close" button and BOOM - you're back where you started.

And here's the news on Android directly from the tech team

Lastly, as if this update wasn't awesome enough, we have MORE news to share with you.  Now, I am not positive, but I *THINK* some people had asked for an SB Nation Android app?  All jokes aside, I'm happy to announce the SBN Android app is on schedule to be out by the holidays.  It will have all of the features and content as the iPhone app, including the new and improved comments and FanPosts.  As we get closer to the release date, we'll be sure to let you know.  Thanks for your patience.  I promise it'll be worth the wait.

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