December 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM
If you’re viewing this on your mobile device and you haven’t yet had to scroll to the right to keep reading this line, we’re glad you made it this far. And we hope you are, too.*
(*If you’re still having trouble reading this on your device and you’re accessing this link via Twitter or another app, try opening this page in Safari or another browser.)
When you’re away from a computer and can't get to a newsstand to pick up a print edition, you’ll be able to turn to our app to keep up with the latest Collegian coverage of local news, arts, sports and other sections. You’ll have access to special deals from local businesses, found under the “Offers” tab in the lower left corner, and there’s also a built-in QR code reader, found under “More” in the lower right corner.
Even if you don’t have an iPhone or Android device, staying up-to-date on Penn State news is as simple as turning to collegian.psu.edu. There, you'll still be able to use the same commenting system found on our traditional website, and you can search through several years of online archives from your phone — all in a format that's much easier to navigate than before.
We do know what many of you are thinking: It’s about time. We understand how frustrating it's been to open the Collegian website on your mobile device, only to find unscalable articles where reading the whole story meant lots of extra swipes across your screen.
We also know we leaked part of the news about our new mobile features a few weeks ago, and we can explain. At the time, our app was live on the iTunes and Android markets to allow for testing and other measures before our official launch. The earlier announcements about our app via Twitter were a bit premature, and we were still cleaning up some parts of the app’s functionality. But this time when we say it’s ready to use, we mean it.
Now, our new mobile formats should mean you won't have to worry as much about the work that used to accompany keeping up with the Collegian on-the-go and can instead focus on what really matters: the news itself.
And whether you’re reading this on your phone or you’re on a computer and plan to check out the new features later, we hope the only extra scrolling you'll be doing from now on is to read through to the bottom of our stories.
Let us know what you think about these new features, and feel free to contact email@example.com with questions or other concerns. We'll do our best to address any lingering technical issues as quickly as possible.