Thursday, February 24, 2011

Updated: SG NextBus

A classy new look that is also information rich.

SG NextBus has just been updated and it looks like a completely new app.

Inspired by Twitter and by signboards (according to the app developer), SG NextBus embraces bold typography that makes the app much more user friendly at the same time.

The service numbers are nice and large and now come with additional information such as location and bus stop number. While the app relies heavily on whites and greys overall, it relies on colour to signal important information. Arrival times now come in white, green, red and grey. White is the default colour for the arrival times. If the time is rendered in green, it means that the bus is arriving soon while red is used to signify that the bus may be delayed. If the time is greyed out, it means that the data is more than a minute old and a refresh may be necessary.

The iPad version uses the additional space to display information in innovative ways. Note how bus arrivals are arranged by time in the third column.

SG NextBus is now also available as a native iPad app. The iPad version, which is meant to be used in landscape mode, features an innovative user interface that packs in plenty of information while remaining relatively easy to use. One unique feature found only in the iPad version is the ability to add buses directly from the map, even if they do not know the location name or bus stop number. This feature will be added to the iPhone version in the next update, which has already been submitted to Apple for approval.

Note that Voiceover is broken in version 2.0 but has been fixed in 2.0.1. If you are sight-impaired, you should hold off until the new version is available.

SG NextBus is my favourite app for checking bus arrival times and this update makes a useful app even more so.

If you don't already have it, what are you waiting for? Download SG NextBus here.

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