For the first time tonight I’ve seen the new version of the “Learn with locals” exercise on the Browser app.
On my computer, the videos are slightly smaller than before. I’m not sure yet if this is a good change or not. Audio is more important so it’s no big deal if the video is smaller, on the other hand this is the only exercise that contains videos, so what’s the point of making these videos smaller?
We’ve lost the button to skip the audio that repeats the answer after we clicked on it. At first I didn’t like this change but I agree the old behaviour was clunky.
When we have to select between 4 choices, sometimes I see the answers written in the target language (I’m pretty sure that in the previous version, answers were never written in the target language). In my opinion it’s an excellent thing, and just for this reason I’m going to keep on using this version.
The Play Again button (i.e. the Play button to watch the video again) is nicer than before. This was not really an issue but I prefer the new one anyway.
We no longer have the flower pot and the plant growing. I don’t really miss this animation since I barely paid attention to it.
I have keyboard issues, just like the new version of Speed Review (I assume the problem is due to some code that is used in both new versions). More exactly, I can hit the 1/2/3/4 key and it selects the answer, but my browser (Firefox) catches the keyboard event as well. This does not happen with the old version, meaning that I can press a key, it selects the answer but my web browser does not catch the keyboard event.
The top bar more shiny than before but I don’t really mind (unless Speed Review where I think that it draws unnecessary attention). It’s nice to see the score next to the bar.
Talking about scores, the current UI fails at showing me the total score. Previously when the exercise ended, I had a summary screen which showed my total score and invited me to do another exercise. Now when it ends, I come back to the main page of Memrise: no score summary, and no exercise invitation.
I really miss the exercise invitation. It’s boring to get back to the main screen every time, especially since it takes a few seconds to load (and my network connection is blazing fast so I assume the servers are to blame).
I suppose the score summary will be added in the future. Or at least I hope it will. I would suggest to create an animation that picks the score (located on the top right) and moves it to the center of the screen, then adds the score to the current score (with an animation of growing score) which ultimately shows the total score.