Friday, September 19, 2014

LinkedIn misses entire point of iOS 8 Widgets in new release of app

Apple's iOS 8 comes with a new feature, Widgets, that allows apps to present up-to-date information on the Today section of the iOS Notifications pull down. For me, this improves the usefulness of the Today pane dramatically and I am eagerly awaiting more apps adding functionality to that area.

Today I noticed that the latest LinkedIn app update adds an iOS 8 Widget. "Cool," I thought. "I'll add that." This is what I got, thought.

Linkedin widget

Uh, really? No! This is NOT what I expect in a useful iOS8 Widget. I want information, at a glance, not simply a button to run the app. They have missed the entire point of iOS8 Widgets from the very start. In fact, this is exactly the opposite of what an iOS 8 widget should be.

Linkedin, how about you show me the actual data I want to see here instead of just a button to your app. Cheesy, and useless, and it shows a certain cluelessness about iOS. Please fix this now. Oh, and any other app developers thinking of doing this? Learn from LinkedIn's mistake. Provide information not buttons.

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