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New revenue opportunities, design updates and improved functionality with BLOX Now App 2.0

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The BLOX Now App 2.0 includes new revenue opportunities, design changes and improved overall functionality.

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New, modern design

The new version features an improved design which includes: more space between items, rounded corners, and subtle gradations on asset cards.

Side-to-side article swiping

Article-to-article swiping now available! This user-friendly way to navigate between stories significantly improves page views on mobile devices.

Interstitial ads and new ad sizes

Place interstitial ads between article side-to-side swipes. Configure the number of articles between ads in the BLOX Now App settings panel.

In addition, ads on the feed or topic pages can now accept additional sizes: 320x50, 300x250, or 300x50.

Custom push notifications

Push notifications now support multiple topics. Set up topics in the BLOX Broadcast application. When the app is installed, users are prompted to give permission for notifications. Users can then manage notifications in the settings panel inside the app.

Color updates and customizations

Use the BLOX Now App customization panel to set the following colors:

    • Background color
    • Background text color
    • Header color
    • Header text color
    • Menu color
    • Menu text color

The breaking news and pinned content areas have also been updated to support a background color and a text color.

Custom sub-sections

Have different colors or unique navigation links on sub-sections. The settings options for each section will now affect individual sections instead of looking to the main BLOX Now App section for settings.

Other changes

  • The BLOX Now App 2.0 supports a universal app view for the iPad and a tablet view on Android. This will allow users on these devices to download the application and have an improved experience.
  • The weather icon in the top-right corner is now available in these additional areas: Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, About Us, and Settings.
  • The in-app logo now acts like a "home" button, bringing the reader back to the top of the home feed page.
  • The site administrator now has the ability to change the label for "Topics" and "More" in the slide-in menu. The order of topics can also be changed. The default will list the topics alphabetically.
  • Links in the slide-in menu from the same domain now open inside the app. If not the same domain, links will open in the device's default browser.
  • If enabled, subscriptions on the main site will now also affect asset pages in the BLOX Now App. Subscription access can be disabled in the BLOX Now App settings.
  • A new header request is being sent as part of the BLOX Now App, allowing servers to react to the app mode in a better way—improving usability and ensuring the app doesn't get rate limited.

For more information about the BLOX Now App, contact your sales representative today.

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