Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

By Hearst Newspapers

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2011-09-27
  • Current Version: 3.0.8
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 27.89 MB
  • Developer: Hearst Newspapers
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    3.5/5 ( 4,191 App Reviews)
  • Price:
    Free
Houston Chronicle App Ratings: 3.5
3.5
Based on 4,191 App Reviews
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Houston Chronicle App Details

The Houston Chronicle now brings credible, in-depth, award-winning journalism, with extensive coverage in politics, sports, entertainment, and more in a redesigned and reimagined experience for your iOS devices. The Houston Chronicle app gives you access to all news anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s news in your neighborhood, Harris County, the great state of Texas, the U.S. or the world, if it impacts you, count on us to keep you informed. And with topic-specific push alerts, you can opt-in to the coverage that matters most to you. Featuring: • Up-to-the-minute breaking news from our Pulitzer Prize award-inning newsroom • Top headlines you can browse or select to read in full so you are always in-the-know • Get the news you want as it breaks by opting in for push notifications • Access to Texas Sports Nation, the premier online destination created for the Houston sports superfan, chock-full of exclusive insider access you will not find anywhere else. • Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email Subscription Details: • OPTIONS: Download the app for free and enjoy a limited number of free stories each month. Get unlimited access, 24/7, for just $5.99 a month (first 2 weeks are FREE) by subscribing within the app itself. Otherwise, if you are a Digital or Print subscriber you can log in to the app for full access. Simply use your website login. • PAYMENT: Payment will be charged to your iTunes account with the confirmation of your purchase and will automatically renew each month unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of your monthly period. • PRIVACY POLICY: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/privacy_policy/ • TERMS OF SERVICE: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/terms_of_use/ • FEEDBACK: Tell us what you think! Our app features are constantly being improved based on your feedback. We welcome you to tell us what you love and what you’d like to see more (or less) of. Contact us at appsupport@chron.com.

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App Reviews

  • Trash

    1
    By Aggie4gom
    Does not work after upgrade. It says my password is invalid. I have changed my password and I have called their support number. They said others have this problem but there is nothing the can do about it.
  • Disappointed

    1
    By Heights reader
    Often I would go to the online Houston Chronicle to supplement what I had read in the paper version. It would have more photos that the paper didn’t have. I am not finding that now. In the headings I see no style section. It does have a cleaner look than the old version but not as in-depth.
  • Still hangs, crashes, white screens

    1
    By PeaceOnEarthAndGoodwill
    Come on folks - Houston is one of the largest metros in the USA - every other big city newspaper app works great -why not just step it up? You can do it! I pay for this! You need to get new developers if your current ones can’t make this work! This most recent version is horrid - no search? Obituaries - just a name? Really horrible... you did not need to totally redesign the app, just fix whatever made it crash or hang. The other versions crashed, but this design is near useless. You took away functionality and you should never do that - Rule number one in app development...
  • Houston chronicle

    1
    By Third rate or worse
    This has got to be the worst example of a much needed medium for our news. How can a large corporation such as the Houston Chronicle, deciminating news in the fourth largest city in the country, continue to ignore this problem. They happily open their pockets to take our subscription money then turn around and give us a very inferior product. Shame on you. After my current subscription is up I will cancel. No crossword, no comics page. I don’t understand why this two things are not part of the newspaper.
  • Still just barely usable

    2
    By Fellow Flyer
    With the new version 3.x, the Chronicle is beginning to join the 2010s for digital newspaper design. Unfortunately, they’ve overshot a bit due to some unfortunate industry trends and a few poor choices. The good: I much prefer the layout of the section pages, and the typeface is nice and readable...mostly. The images and the slideshow presentation is much better. And that’s it. The bad: Readability: There’s no way to adjust the size of the type. This is present in every other newspaper app. How did this get overlooked? There needs to be a way to adjust text size within the app, or use the system preference which allows for accessibility. While you’re at it, break some new ground and let me adjust the size of the margins. The lines in the stories are too wide, which hurts readability. There’s a reason print newspapers have columns that are only 5-6 words wide. Perhaps the news people could wander over to the tech people and let them know. Links to websites are displayed in yellow. Yellow? If you use true tone and darken the white point a bit, what little contrast there is between the white background and the yellow text disappears. Seriously, people. Links are blue. Every time. Don’t get cute with the color scheme. I know yellow is part of the Chronicle's color palette, and I don’t care. This is a web trend that needs to go away. There’s no dark mode. This isn’t in every news app, but I love it when it is. Again, blue links when you do this! Navigation: Navigation is a strong effort, and fails. The section headers are just wrong. The app opens to “Houston News,” which in any other app is “Front Page” or “News.” This section isn’t Houston news, it’s got stories from across the country and world because it’s the front page. Later on, we run across “US News” which is in theory national news. There’s no “local” section. Why is there “Texas Politics,” but no “National Politics?” Why is national politics in there? And let’s not forget “Texas Sports Nation,” which is national sports - not just Texas. I see what you’re trying to do here, but again: stop trying to be cute. It’s “Sports.” It’d be great to be able to reorder those sections. Just saying. It’s, you know, digital. If you’re reading a story and want to go back to the headlines to find your next story, the only way to do so is to hit the tiny text that matches the section title in the upper left corner. If you used system search to get to the app, you’ve got a better-than-average chance of hitting the “Search” text, which will take you out of the app. Alternatively, if you hit just a bit low, nothing happens. To bury the lede, why can’t we swipe from the left side of the page to go back to the headlines like every other news app? That action in the current version of the app takes me to the previous story. I don't want to read every story - I just want to see the headlines and choose my own. Finally, there’s too much white space on the pages. Again, this is a web trend where white space is king at the expense of showing content that could be useful. I really liked the old app's list of stories within the section on the left. This allows narrower story columns and built in navigation...maybe. This gets in the way of swiping from the left... Content: Holy cow, people. There are opinion pieces in the sports section today. Local stories show up in the national news. Some stories show up in three or more sections - think new restaurant opening downtown. That’s in “Houston News,” “Business,” “Flavor,” “Entertainment,” and maybe “Real Estate.” Worse, once it’s read there’s no way to tell you’ve read it in the next section. And since stories hang around for days, and occasionally change headlines, you’ll get to click on it again and again! Figure out what the story is. Put it in one section - the correct one! Look. This update is a step in the right direction, which is why I went from one to two stars. But it’s so difficult to use and read that I find myself skimming through it as fast as possible so I can use the far better apps from WP and NYT. I wholeheartedly support local news. I will continue to do so. But dang. Almost all of these problems are - from my perspective - caused by web and app developers run amok with no news people checking in.
  • Redesign of app unusable

    1
    By Bea Sita
    The recent redesign of this app is unusable. The old format, similar to a newspaper page like the WSJ app, was easy to use. Now stories from every section of the paper are scattered all over and you can’t tell what is most current. Bring back the old format and totally refresh it daily with what is on the print version. I hate this app now.
  • History, not daily paper

    1
    By Paper?
    The new app is worse than the old one, which at least had a couple of same day articles and a readable obituary. Why can’t you publish in your app what is in today’s paper instead of two, three and four days ago?
  • Where’s the Crossword?

    2
    By UTex87
    The crossword puzzle is gone as far as I can tell. For years I’ve enjoyed coffee and the crossword on Sunday mornings but am sad to find the new app no longer has this feature. Unless it’s buried somewhere that I haven’t found.
  • Where are puzzles

    2
    By CM6817
    It’s beautiful but I prefer the duplicate of the real paper. I only use the app to do the crossword puzzles and now I can’t.
  • I’ve Give It A Zero, But it Won’t Let Me ...

    1
    By 79user
    No search function. No games. You have to be a subscriber to get into this app AND they’re paying someone to make a worse app. Clearly worse. Who approves these changes? It’s as bad a the actual delivery subscription changing the price and adding $5 day-after-Thanksgiving editions (when not subscribed to Friday deliveries). They’re so secretive about prices and forcing stuff on you. How can enough people rate this to be a 2.4?

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