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ejjski

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Message Posted: May 28, 2013 5:42:09 PM

The GasBuddy app is great and it's been out for a while but why is there no place to read news articles and post forum messages? Those features should be added to the app.Thanks
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 2:57:29 PM

The browser results in reducing an entire GB page, which has been criticized over the years for being cluttered, down to the size of a smartphone screen. This is nuts.

We need a way to put only a single comment/news item on the screen at a time (plus the ad that supports it, of course). Every new comment/new item looked at gives another ad appearance, so it's win-win. The data should fit the device and the not the other way around. I would think it is obvious that if using the browser on this site for smartphones was so wonderful, we wouldn't see this type of suggestion reappearing over and over again.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 6/20/2013 2:58:19 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 6:37:06 AM

Why would you need another app, CampKohler? Don's post was right on the money. If you want to red the news articles and forums, fire up a browser on your device. The app does what the app is designed to do.

What does skeert mean?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 7:16:33 PM

CampKolder, There is no need for separate "apps", or for adding all the other stuff to the APPS. One can access it very easily and I have used a very small smart phone w/no problem using the m. site. Use the features of your device to deal with web pages just like you do for any other web page you might access. If your phone is only capable of handling things in special APPS, you need to consider a new phone. Mine cost <$150 WITHOUT contract. Does the job just fine.

It is not a matter of being "skeert" - it is a matter of practicality. There would be ongoing needs to keep yet another "APP" (x versions iPhone, Win8, Android, Blackberry, etc) to deliver content already available.

There are so many other things more important than recreating existing functionality for those that want everything spoon fed in an APP.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 1:53:20 PM

jimbeaux53 has hit the nail on head. I would be in favor of a separate app(s) for reading news and working the forum if everyone is skeert of "app-bloat." If one wishes to do those two things only, one doesn't need all the remaining options on these Webpages that turns viewing them with a smart-phone browser into an mice-type reading exercise. For example, in the forum we could dispense with the main banner menu, notification area—except for possibly popup notifications—and the avatars and other minutia to the left of the posts which result in useless white space.

The ads could be made click-through so you have to get to the posts by going through them rather than displaying them side by side, which eats up real estate. With a little thought, I think a very readable (without magnification) low-data-consumption app could be made, while still retaining the valuable ads.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 6/19/2013 1:54:17 PM EST]
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Don
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:28:20 PM

The mobile versions of GasBuddy are designed primarily to search and report fuel prices while on the go.

Additional full website features such as daily news articles and and forums will remain as full-website features only.

If you have a device which one of the apps can be downloaded for, odds are you can access it's mobile browser view the full websites.

-Don
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mcdowelle
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2013 10:41:37 AM

I'm pretty happy with the app and wouldn't bloat it with forum access capabilities. A link to the web site wouldn't make my life better but it might be helpful to someone else.
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ejjski
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Message Posted: May 30, 2013 12:26:32 AM

FYI TxJeans I accidently bumped this topic because I posted a link here that was meant for another topic. Since you can only edit messages here and not erase messages I had to improvise
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 9:04:28 PM

No need to BLOAT the APP.
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Fire up the m.or full websites from your SmartPhone - that is why it is called a SMARTPhone - it is smart enough to browse the web without a special APP. ;-)
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However, it would be nice if it was easier to link out from the APP to the m. or full site. I thought I could before, but must be having a brain cramp today as I can't find it. (Android).
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ejjski
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 7:34:37 PM

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[Edited by: ejjski at 5/29/2013 7:35:09 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 5:04:24 AM

You can fire up a browser and go to the full web site to read the news articles. This has always been available.
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jimbeaux53
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 2:29:09 AM

If not added to the GB app, how about some other mechanism to access GB news and forums on our mobile devices.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: May 28, 2013 6:10:09 PM

I do not think the app was ever intended to be a full blown version of the web site but rather a simple to use way to enter prices and find prices. Reading news articles and accessing the forum would likely encourage more driving and phone use. The current distance requirement for the app awards already encourages enough of that type of behavior.

The full website with those features can be accessed from a smart phone right now so I would not expect them to be added to the site.
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