Apps - tinkering at the edges?
Firstly, I'd like to preface my comments with an expression of sincere appreciation for Duolingo, which I've now been using for nearly 500 days. It is an excellent way of keeping my language skills up-to-date.
That said, it seems to me that changes to the IPad app seem largely to be limited to tinkering at the edges. Recently, for example, the useful XP points graph has been replaced by strange bisected circles which give little useful information about the week's progress.
Now I'm sure there has also been some useful defect fixing and other minor changes, but I'd love to see some more serious changes in other areas:
Changing between the languages you're working on (I'm doing Italian from English and English from Italian) are clumsy and long-winded. Why can't we have a list of all the courses we're currently following and select one?
At the end of each lesson we have to go through two screens telling us about the completion of the lesson. I'd like simply to complete the lesson and go back to the main tree, so that I can get on with my next lesson.
There's still no grammar help available within the app. Options for reporting issues with the question are also very limited.
There are other issues of course, but these are my main gripes.
...and I still love it, despite my criticisms!
the useful XP points graph has been replaced by strange bisected circles which give little useful information about the week's progress.
AFAIK, those strange circles indicate for each day that you have met your XP target. They don't mean much to me because my target is set to 1 XP. However for those with higher targets it tells them that their streak was secured for that day. I suspect that Duo made those changes to reduce the calls of 'I studied yesterday but still lost my streak' from people who did not reach my target.
You can still get the XP progress graph on the web's home page, which I always check to ensure my app has synched with the web.
I understand the intent of the weird circles, but it seems a cumbersome way to convey a simple fact!
Also, you kind of make my point with your last paragraph - I shouldn't have to go to the web page to see my progress graph...
Why shouldn't you have to go to the web page? No one claims that the app is all inclusive and a one stop shop for Duolingo. Maybe it should be, but at the moment it isn't. Perhaps when Duo has more resources they will make it inclusive of everything you get on the web site.