The Globe and Mail’s news app, which provides the news from Globe and Observer newspapers and other media outlets, has been undergoing a major overhaul, with the news content and design moving to shiny-client, the news app launched by Google last year.
The new app, called ShinyRMarkdownServer, has replaced the old app, with shiny-clients being used for the News app.
The shiny-Clients are essentially a subset of the news client, the Clients, that were designed for the Android News app, but are now also available for the Google News app and the Google Reader app.
“We wanted to make the client more accessible to a wider range of users,” said Robie Knepper, general manager at Globe and M&M Media.
There are now two ways to open the shiny-Client: the Launcher app, available on the home screen of the shiny app and by searching for ShinysRMarkupServer in the search bar, or the ShinkieLauncherApp, available in the settings of the app.
If you choose the Launcher app, you’ll see a pop-up menu with a few options for you to choose from, including the Advanced options, which include the ability to choose between a default HTML5 app, a native app or a custom app.
In the options, you can select a news source from the News tab, choose which RSS feeds you want to feed into the shiny server, select a custom HTML5 version of the content (such as a .txt or .pdf file), and the options to enable a custom header.
There are also some options for customizing the design of the Shiny client itself, which you can toggle from the Settings app.
Shiny clients can also be used in the Google app, where the shiny client will automatically launch when a user taps on the app icon, or in the Reader app, when they have the app open.
ShineyRMarkups is now available for download on the Globe and Messenger app, as well as the Google Play store.