Yarn for Hacker News
A good client for the news aggregator, with material design package and simple user interface.
In app Login
Ability to submit posts directly from app
Free version is ad supported, $2 to remove the ads.
News aggregation services are dime a dozen. Some cater to the public, while a few cater to the very specific demographic. Hacker news is one of the latter which interests the developers and hackers alike. Yarn is the latest attempt to bring this to android, with the beautiful material design wrapper we’ve started to love.
Frankly I didn’t know what Hacker news was. A quick search told me that it’s a news aggregator where the url isn’t even hackenews.com or something. It’s a completely different https://news.ycombinator.com/. The website is quite simple as it its requirement.
So what is so special about Yarn? Well, it adds the material touch and convenience to spice up things.
The news is displayed as small cards. There is no FAB here, as I don’t see a use for it. It’s good that the dev decided to make this decision, and not follow the crowd.
The hamburger menu presents the categories for the site. It has new, show, ask and submit new post. The usual settings, about and to rate the app are at the designated positions.
Tapping any link opens the related page, and things continue as a normal browser.
If you don’t prefer this, you can open the page in your browser of choice too. The other options are for sharing, checking the user and the comment.
If you have used Reddit news, you’ll instantly know what you’re looking at. The interface is similar looking here and so is the interaction. The total points, comment and a reply button take prominence in this section. The comments are color coded, for easy visibility.
In case you’re new, to reply to a comment you need to slide it to the left, rather than tap it. This is not exactly clear first, but isn’t difficult to figure out.
The show section is exactly what the name suggests. It’s the place where people show their work and get comments and tips. The conditions for posting are explained in detail on the website. The ask section is similarly for asking your questions, or helping people solve theirs if you can and the new section is for posting new content. Posts can be a text or a link.
The settings menu is pretty bare-bones, with options for themes, view style, default action and swipe back.
Unfortunately (?) the main theme is Orange and option for night and AMOLED are the only other available. Lollipop users may get battery savings scare from this overly orange theme. View style can be changed to Cards and Lists. The lists option removes the spaces between the articles making the content denser. The default action is to choose whether to go the article or the comments first on opening a link.
The swipe back action is very handy while using the app with one hand. The article can be swiped away to the right, and it gets you back to the home page. There was a slight hiccup when I did this, giving the sign that this feature needs working on. On tapping the article after sliding, it doesn’t continue from where you left off, so that’s a negative for the accidental swipe backs.
There is work to be done to improve the performance further, but it won’t bother you unless you are crazy about the 60 FPS animations in everything. More themes would definitely be welcome. Login is also an issue as the password isn’t saved on the app so you’ll have to re login once you use the website.
This app is exactly what it says it does. It gives you access to the website without hassle and looks beautiful doing it. For now, if you use this website, go to the Play Store and get this app.
In-App login support
Easy to use
Re-login on using website
No tablet optimization
Few themes to choose