uTrakt Needs Some Work - What Needs to be Fixes and What Needs to be Made
I realize that this is a "community app" however because of its obvious direct relation to the website and the support that you are giving it, it seems like the official website app. Because of this, how it performs affects the users overall experiences on the website which in my opinion after using the app for about a week, wasn't good at all.
There are several bugs in the pre-existing content:
Ratings don't show when viewing your own library. They flash on the screen for a second and then disappear, only reappearing when you tap the thumbnail and navigate back to your library.
Profile history doesn't update. After finishing a movie or tv show, my media center automatically sends the information to the website which receives the update perfectly. On the app however, the only way to update the recently watched list is to manually kill the app then relaunch it. This is a big pain because after I finish a movie, the first thing I do is load up the app and rate/shout while everything is still fresh on my mind.
Trailers don't play in landscape mode. Its nice to have such trailers attached to the movies page however when the trailer doesn't play in landscape mode, it really takes away from the experience.
Honestly, if these things were fixed than i wouldn't feel like i'm sending somebody down death row my recommending this app. A few more key features could/should be added though.
Browsing other user's library. Yes you can search for users with the app, this uses are limited though since you can only view his or her recently watched media and their statistics (number watched/collected etc).
Modify profile settings. This may not be available to the app creators, i'm not sure. The app lacks any ability to modify own website account settings which really does suck
Community. The user interaction and the feel of the community is severely limited. The only information you can really see from the community is trending movies/tv shows, recent friend activity and comments from other users on media (you have to go slightly out of your way to look at this). Once in a while i enjoy browsing though all the movies being watched, it gives great inspiration! Sometimes i like to see the most recent reviews and shouts, they're enlightening! The community is what makes Trakt work afterall, the app should definitely tap into this stream to really grab peoples attention.
Marking complete since the uTrakt team is handling it.
10bit Studios commented
We appreciate you taking the time to explain all of these issues in detail. We are currently in the middle of working on the uTrakt 2.0 update that is focused on addressing many of the things you have mentioned here as well as adding many new features that we think will really enhance the experience.
If you're willing, we'd love to give you access to the beta and pick your brain about the update and make sure it addresses all of your concerns. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
- uTrakt team