When we reviewed the Cliffhanger app back in February we were totally impressed by the user interface, usability and high level of polish. In fact the app was (and still is) so well polished we were surprised to learn it was the blood sweat and tears of a one man team. So we just had to interview him.
Since then Nadav has been hard at work fulfilling his promise to bring Cliffhanger to our tablets, and this afternoon he reached out to us and kindly provided a preview APK which is happily running on my Nexus 7 (4.2.2) and an old Motorola Xoom (4.1.2) as I compose this post. Spoiler alert: Cliffhanger is even better on a tablet.
We’re aware this is a preview build and there are some bugs to still be ironed out (it did crash occasionally, and the IMDB actor profiles don’t link anywhere), but Nadav says a stable build should be available on the Play Store this weekend. Mark your calendars.
A new addition to this version (and coming to the Phone version as well) is the “mark as watched” feature, which as the name implies allows you to label episodes that you’ve already watched. There are a couple of ways this works. You can mark an individual episode as watched or mark an entire season. Each season label has a tick icon which when pressed will toggle all episodes for that season as watched or unwatched. Likewise tapping a tick icon next to an individual episode will toggle said episode as watched. This is a pleasant change from some other TV show apps that force you to tediously label each show individually until you’ve ticked off an entire season.
Another thing we noticed was what appears to be a dedicated button to share an episode on Facebook, but in testing it didn’t appear to do anything after the initial notification. How this would differ (if at all) from the current ability to share on Facebook and other locations is unknown right now, but we’re waiting for clarification from Nadav. Update: It does seem to work after a few presses, but it’s a known bug that is being fixed right now.
All the previous features are still present but in this authors humble opinion the extra real estate afforded on a tablet particularly in landscape mode makes the experience much better. But don’t take my word for it. You’ll get to judge for yourself this weekend.
Check out the gallery below (taken from a Nexus 7) which includes portrait and landscape screenshots so you can see the UI in both flavours. You may notice the occasional oddity (we suspect some cards will eventually span the full width in landscape mode or float left of one another) but as mentioned earlier this is a preview build.