BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Todd, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

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    Finally. After years of waiting, asking and demanding an app, we'd like to invite you to help us test our first ever official BeerAdvocate (BA) web app.

    Note: Initially this was going to be solely a BA fest beta web app, but we've since opened it up. This is not a final product. This beta release is merely our first step in making your BA mobile experience an easier one. Desktop browsing of the web app isn't restricted, but eventually will be.

    To access on your mobile device:

    http://www.beeradvocate.com/m/

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    Current Beta Features
    • Conversations: read only Inbox (start, reply and leave to follow)
    • Forums: read only (posting to follow).
    • Search: live search beers and brewers.
    • Get basic info on beers.
    • Had: quickly rate a beer; 1-5.
    • Want: create beer wish list.
    • Got: track your beer stash.
    Update History
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/beeradvocate-mobile-update-history.77116/

    Upcoming Features
    • Easy access to your Hads, Wants and Gots.
    • Ability to add a beer.
    • Write and edit full Reviews.
    • User stats.
    • User activity feeds.
    • Find and follow other BAs; make new friends.
    • Forum posting/replying/editing.
    • Tag the beer you're currently drinking.
    • Check into the place you're currently drinking at.
    • Event beer lists.
    • Upload pictures.
    • Twitter integration.
    • Beer Karma; achievements.
    … and much more.

    Thanks to Mike, our Senior Web Developer, for starting work on this and creating the API base that'll be used for our site redesign and much more.

    We'll do our best to address your questions. In the meantime, we look forward to your feedback and helping us build a better mobile experience.

    Cheers!

    (Note: This replaces our Kickstarter app project that was never launched. We've decided to do this on our own dime.)
     
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  2. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Great! I look forward to this making my access to BA easier. Can't wait to check it all out.
     
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  3. AnotherImperial

    AnotherImperial Oct 29, 2012 Arizona

    "Desktop browsing isn't restricted, but eventually will be."

    Can you please help the technologically challenged (me) and explain what that means? Sorry, I wish I was kidding...but I'm not.
     
  4. No1Smitty

    No1Smitty Nov 7, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Sounds good. Still like the desktop version as well.
     
  5. AnotherImperial

    AnotherImperial Oct 29, 2012 Arizona

    Ahhh - got it. Thanks!
     
  6. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Playing around with it now. Love how when searching for a beer it autocompletes based on the most popular results. Drinking a Maharaja and by the time I typed 'Mah' it knew what I was looking for. Good so far and I'm looking forward to seeing what the finished product looks like.
     
  7. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    OK...now one thing that could be improved: when I hit the back button on my Android phone it takes me back to the previous website I visited instead of the last screen on the mobile site I visited.
     
  8. andrewinski1

    andrewinski1 Apr 14, 2009 New Hampshire

    What will happen if I move the slider on a beer I've already reviewed (not merely had)?
     
  9. July2Nov

    July2Nov Aug 27, 2006 Hawaii
    Beer Trader

    This is a great start! Thanks all who contributed to this.
     
  10. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Dec 1, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    I understand this is beta and a lot may change.

    Pros:
    - Autocomplete in search
    - Streamlined profiles

    Cons:
    - Having to hit the icon to do anything
    - No access to PMs

    just my .02
     
  11. dar482

    dar482 Mar 9, 2007 New York
    Beer Trader

    I use your site so much on my phone, thank you!!!

    I would say though that the it lacks what I truly want. I use it on my phone when I'm at a beer store or bar to look up beers. What it should have it is:

    Clicking a brewery should allow you the option of seeing what is most reviewed and the rAvg on the same page. Currently, looking at a brewery's beers does neither.
    Also, the "Back" button should be on the left side, like how it would be on a computer or website on the phone.

    However, it does truly simplify things and looks pretty sleek, which is awesome.
     
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  12. regularjohn

    regularjohn Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    this is awesome, i cant recall how many times i would be at a store just gazing at a shelf and browsing this website from my phone out of pure curiosity (or ocd :confused:) .... for what i'm about to purchase
     
  13. smonice

    smonice Aug 10, 2012 New Jersey

    Like others have said above, not sure I would call this a mobile app, more of a mobile website. Autosearch is nice and fast, the feature to jump to the brewery itself and see their other offerings is also nice.

    Def looking forward to everything linking together to be able to see my lists and others.

    Its a start!
     
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  14. facundoCNB

    facundoCNB Jan 3, 2012 New Jersey

    it's a sleek looking app, and i know it's still in development but the only thing i really want to see is the capability of writing full reviews for beers i'm having. this is the only reason i signed up for beeradvocate, so right now the app is pretty useless to me. not saying it doesn't look nice, but i'm not one to look up a beer before i buy it - if it looks good at the store or brewery, then i'm going to drink it.
     
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  15. VipertheIV

    VipertheIV Feb 12, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Click curled arrow in the upper right.
     
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  16. michaeljstraub

    michaeljstraub Oct 6, 2012 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Loving the quick access to wants, gots, and ratings. May start keeping an updated list now that I can do this easier on the phone.

    My two cents:
    The autofill is awesome since this site is a bit picky with search terms. Would it be possible to anchor your last brewery search position? Meaning, when I am on a list of beers and I go into a page to rate/whathaveyou and I head back, it takes me to the top of the page instead of the position I was last on.

    The slider is a great feature, can you disable the 'open in a new page' popup? Or is that a user error on my part?

    Final critique. Thoughts on 3 lines per beer ( wrapping the beer name) instead of 2? On the longer beer names I cannot see the whole name in portait view and I can't see the autofill in landscape.

    Keep up the awesome work. The mobile site is going to be badass
     
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  17. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Sep 5, 2012 Kansas

    Love the clean design; buttons could be a little larger but that's being picky
     
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  18. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I saw that, but it's not intuitive to android users (or easy to reach on my phone one handed). Figured it was something worth mentioning.
     
  19. emannths

    emannths Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Couple comments/suggestions:

    You guys should really call this a mobile site, not an app. If it runs in the phone's browser, it's not an app. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's just not accurate.

    How about including scores in the search results? It looks like there's space for a fourth line of text in the search results.

    I know all the photos of beers are different sizes, but how about centering them in a square in the search results? Also, there's a lot of whitespace between the photos and the text in the search results. I guess this is to accomodate the widest of all the photos, but it might be worth cropping/resizing those odd photos for the purposes of the mobile site.

    The back button needs to work.

    Use m.beeradvocate.com for the final version, or at least put a redirect there.

    The address bar on the iphone covers the top line of the site sometimes, requiring scrolling to access the back button.

    Missing from upcoming features (presumably an oversight): read reviews!
     
  20. emannths

    emannths Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    One more idea: if you're going to stick with buttons at the top, add a magnifying glass to access the search page, a quote bubble to access the forums, and pushpin for location-based stuff like places/check-ins, etc.
     
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  21. Kmccabe33

    Kmccabe33 Nov 4, 2011 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    This sums up my thoughts in a single sentence. How is it considered an app when it is just a mobile site? It is sweet progress, don't get me wrong, but can it at least be called what it really is?
     
  22. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    So does this work on my Blackberry or Palm Pilot?
     
  23. MaxH

    MaxH Jan 12, 2011 Maryland

    I seem to be the only one having trouble using it. I have a Samsung Charge SCH-i510 running Gingerbread (2.6.35.7), and I'm unable to log in using the default browser or Dolphin. In Dolphin it didn't even let me type in my username, but in the default Android browser the login always failed, and I quintuple-checked my username and password.
     
  24. emannths

    emannths Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Sure. ENIAC too.
     
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  25. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    You should make the sliders on the beer profile page bigger. I can't see much around my thumb
     
  26. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    That's easily circumvented by spoofing User Agent header, many plugins available for Chrome and FireFox ( User Agent switcher my fave)
     
  27. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Is there an AJAX request that submits my rating? It doesn't seem intuitive that my rating is being saved as there's no submit button. Considering there is a slider, I assume there is some kind of delay on this since I may not have ticked it exactly where I wanted to at first given the UI.
     
  28. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    This is due to the framework being used, jQuery Mobile. Notice when you are browsing and searching the site, your URL bar always remains at http://beeradvocate.com/m . The Android hardware back button will take you to the previous URL. I believe this is the solution to solve for it: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12859759/take-control-of-hardware-back-button-jquery-mobile
     
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  29. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    The navigation page is very buggy on my phone in dolphin and default droid browser. Some of the stuff on the interface doesnt slide over
     
  30. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I like the look of it. A few things:

    - When I search for a beer, and click into a result, the android keyboard stays up and covers half the page. It'd be nice if that dropped automatically instead of me having to click back to make it drop. Not sure if that's a page code thing or a my phone thing.

    - When I'm on a beer page and I click the BA logo to slide the menu open, the rating slider, wants, and gots buttons don't slide and sit there floating.

    - I'm sure it's on the list but I'd like to see quick access to the top beer lists.
     
  31. eatabag

    eatabag Jun 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I would strongly vote for actually using proper browser navigation entries than just overriding the back button. Then forward and back will play nicely in all browsers.

    If I recall, it can be done without changing the URL.
    http://diveintohtml5.info/history.html
     
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  32. somenerd

    somenerd Jan 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Pretty nice so far, guys! Love how fast everything works, auto-query when typing a beer name is great, and also love the .25 incremental rating scale. Don't particularly care there's no space for writing a long-winded review- really, who wants to type all that out on a phone? Perhaps if I were using a tablet I'd be singing a different tune, but as of now it's nice and streamlined, and I like that.
    I too fell victim to hitting the "back" button on my phone instead of hitting the app icon, so that will take a little bit of time to get used to. Really looking forward to seeing how this further develops!
     
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  33. zstef99

    zstef99 Dec 25, 2008 New York

    As previously mentioned, it would be great to be able to see a beer's "score" in the results list. Not sure if this has already been addressed, and maybe I'm just missing it, but is there a way to read a beer's reviews?
     
  34. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I would personally consider being able to read reviews of beers as the number one use case for the mobile site/app, with giving a quick rating/review as a close second. When I'm out at a bar and looking to try a new beer, or perhaps at the liquor store and see a new shipment in of something I haven't tried before, I will usually pull up the RateBeer app or Untappd and read several reviews before making a decision to try it or not.
     
  35. sjverla

    sjverla Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    When I try to log it, it goes to the loading screen then takes me to the log-in page again...
     
  36. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    What a great step to the mobile app distro, keep up the great work!!
     
  37. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Many similar points from me, as well:

    1.) The back button on my phone was the first option to me, so when I clicked it I was taken back to this thread instead of my search page.

    2.) The automatic completion in searches is cool.

    3.) Adding ratings to the search automatic complete suggestion box would be awesome so that we could just type a few letters, see ratings, delete, and move on to the next search instead of enter the full beer profile and then have to click back and start again.

    4.) BETA is just being tested, obviously, but forum access, beer mail access, and such would be a huge must for me to actually use the Mobile Site.

    5.) I'm a young man with an old soul and cranky geezeresque attitude: I don't like change. I still prefer the regular site through my browser on my phone. It's just more familiar.

    I am running Ice Cream Sandwich on an Android Motorola Razr.

    P.S. Cool bullet points, Todd. I wanted to use them, but have no idea how on my phone...
     
  38. Agold

    Agold Mar 13, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Don't know if you guys know about this but pulling up the side panel in search after autocomple sends the side panel to the back and leaves the search results on top. On galaxy s2 running gingerbread.ucla3 default browser.

    Edit: on everything side panel is sent to the back.
     
  39. kennethkearns

    kennethkearns Jan 11, 2012 New York

    Not sure if this is the forum for bugs, but on iPhone 5 when I launch from the home screen (after prompt to save the icon down) I have get this screen. Works great when I launch from the url in Safari[​IMG]
     
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  40. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Not sure if this is device specific or not, but when I'm on a beer page and click the BA button to pull the slide out menu, the controls are overlapped on the menu. I have a Galaxy Nexus ( verizon 4G) Android 4.1.1

    Here's a screenshot:
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