To go along with the update to hoopladigital.com, we have recently rolled out updates to our iOS and Android mobile apps as well. These updates have many “under-the-hood” enhancements, and there are some new usability features worth mentioning as well.
Easy Closing of Audio Player (iOS)
When listening to an audiobook or a music album, you can continue to browse hoopla for more titles to borrow; or, even add to your favorites list if you have exhausted your borrows for the month. When continuing to use hoopla, stopping audio playback is as easy as tapping the “X” button in the player at the bottom of the screen.
A-Z Browsing of Genres (Android/iOS)
An additional sorting option has also been added to our genre and tag browsing. After selecting a genre or tag for more in-depth browsing, users can sort by Popular, Newest, and an new option, A-Z by title, is now available. This new filtering option allows users another level of content discoverability when using the mobile app. Refer to these screenshots from our iOS and Android apps display:
TV: Suggest Next Episode (iOS)
When knee-deep in a TV series, sometimes you just have to watch the next episode right away. With our 3.3 app update, our iOS app will now suggest to you the next episode in that series immediately after finishing an episode. Quick access to the next episode keeps users engaged and ready for the next episode.
These features are available exclusively on our mobile apps. You’ll notice that some of the features are also present on hoopladigital.com. As we have previously mentioned, our goal is to provide our PC/Mac users with the chance to be able to really dig in into the content that interests them most. Our app is designed with the mobile user in mind; a user that knows exactly what they are looking for, and wants to quickly get into the content they already have borrowed.
Our team continues to listen to feedback and continues to improve hoopla to truly be of service to our library partners. Of these enhanced features, which would be your new the best new feature? Let us know what features you find yourself using and sharing with your patrons!