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ABC News’ mobile app is getting an overhaul as it prepares for the 2022 midterm elections.
Launching on September 20th, the revamped mobile app will have new features, technological improvements and a newly refreshed design and user experience.
New features in the app include an enhanced video experience with a new video player, picture-in-picture and “docking” capabilities, more seamless ABC News Live integration and more.
Users are no longer blinded while reading the app at night as the updated app also includes the Dark Mode feature.
The search function within the app is also improved as it is supported by a superior algorithm customization ability and an introduction of subject categories to easily focus the search for all users.
ABC News editors and reporters have more storytelling flexibility with the updated mobile app. It will feature updated design treatments including new breaking news and home screen takeover experiences, improved photo galleries, updated live blog integration and more.
The updated ABC News app will also provide updates on live, real-time election results data for the upcoming midterm elections. Additionally, election maps will have a new design and interaction, and in-app election coverage will provide historical data for the first time – allowing users to examine results from previous election cycles, set the framework for upcoming midterm elections and look ahead to the 2024 election cycle.
“We’re excited that the new updates to our signature digital app will offer new ways to showcase our world-class journalism, engage consumers more deeply with our reporting, and improve the way audiences experience everything from breaking news to our industry-leading choice sees and reads coverage and more,” said ABC News Digital Content vp Lulu Chiang.
“This latest release is an important step in our strategy to advance our video storytelling on mobile devices,” said DMED News and Entertainment Product vp Nicole Breskin. “Crucially, the app also offers new experiences centered around breaking news and live video to deliver important news when people need it. Our updated app is built on our scalable foundation, which allows us to innovate and bring ABC News to our audiences in novel ways.”
The revamped mobile app is built on Disney’s proprietary technology, product and design platforms – improving speed and scalability and providing more flexibility for storytelling.
This also allows the updated mobile app to benefit from the development of new features and functionality across Disney’s digital portfolio, quickly bringing new, innovative features to ABC News.