A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
Blog posts filtered by the category: mobile
14 Aug 2018
blog By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida Tags: mobile, Survey

We have just rebuilt the mobile version of our website. You may remember that a while back we launched ReliefWeb Lite in a bid to better meet the needs of users in low-bandwidth countries. Our Labs research ultimately proved to us that an enhanced mobile version would be more sustainable and stable.

Our mobile version 2 has combined the speed and simplicity of version 1 with the best features of ReliefWeb Lite:

  • It’s fast, even in areas with low connectivity
  • It allows users to visit pages when they are offline
  • It doesn’t require extra space or a brand new phone
  • It takes up less space than apps
  • It’s more accessible for users with disabilities

The most obvious change from the previous mobile version is the design, which is now sleeker and more responsive.

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09 Jul 2018
blog By Andrew Footner Tags: mobile, labs, API

As another ReliefWeb Labs project - ReliefWeb Lite - is 'decommissioned', this post explains why that can happen, even with successful projects, and the benefits of abandoning prototypes that don't quite fit.

Since 1996, ReliefWeb has seen a lot of changes and for the past six years, Labs has been the place for trying out new ideas. It is also used to inform the humanitarian community about other services, such as the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) and the Events Service.

For any technical changes to ReliefWeb, the priority is to keep the site usable and useful. A large part of usability is performance. For all users, the time it takes for ReliefWeb servers to answer a request is important, but for those on low-bandwidth connections, the size of the response can be decisive.

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26 Dec 2017
blog By Amy Benson Tags: mobile, labs

Mobile usage continues to grow across the world and browsers are introducing new features that enable web developers to introduce app-like features on their website. ReliefWeb has been no exception - the usage of mobile devices to access our content has been steadily growing, now averaging 30% of all usage. In addition to native mobile apps we have introduced last year, we thought now was a good time to experiment with how ReliefWeb could take advantage of this latest technology trend to offer greater user experience on ReliefWeb.

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12 Dec 2017
blog By Alona Volinsky Tags: mobile, RSS

We’re excited to share that recently ReliefWeb joined the list of news sources available on Apple News - Apple’s latest news aggregator app. The app is available on all iPhones and iPads and includes a large selection of topics from top news organizations and independent publishers.

ReliefWeb content is available in three categories: our curated headlines, all our news and maps & infographics. The content is pulled out automatically from reliefweb.int so you will always see the latest information available.

Apple News collects news stories and also includes a For You tab, featuring content customized for your personal interests. You can sign up to receive breaking news notifications and subscribe to your favorite channels - now including ReliefWeb.

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12 Oct 2017
blog By Miguel Hernandez Rivera Tags: mobile, RSS, Earthquake, hurricane, map, disasters

ReliefWeb is pleased to announce that our content is now available on Google Newsstand mobile app and website, Google’s news reader app for Android phones and tablets featuring newspapers, magazines, blogs and other sites.

ReliefWeb aims to make humanitarian updates readily available in various channels for the widest dissemination to our audience, be it via reliefweb.int, mobile apps or on third-party platforms.

We launched the Google Newsstand service in late August 2017 - during September, more than 13,500 users accessed the service. The most-read news covered the earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes in the Caribbean, with more than 2,600 users on 18 September alone.

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