What? CourseSmart’s “eTextbooks for the iPhone” will now load book pages upto 25% faster.
How? We eliminated extra info sent with page image. This reduces the amount of data transmitted over the internet.
When? Right now! You do NOT need to update your app.
Why? You spoke and we listened. We prioritized speed and stability over new features in August.
Where? Any iPhone or iPod Touch with an internet connection, active CourseSmart eTextbook subscriptions and the “eTextbook for the iPhone” app installed.
Truth in Blogging
eTextbook page load times vary based on a number of factors including
- wireless connection signal strength,
- device speeds (each new generation is a lot faster than the previous), and
- the contents of the page (colorful graphics take longer to load).
Should we try to make it faster?
Although this improvement required a lot of hard work, it represents the low hanging fruit. There are other techniques we could employ to make the pages load even faster.
Tell us what you think. Did you notice a difference in page load times? Convince other readers to vote for what’s most important to you.