SpaceTV ups its game with version 3.0 - enhanced UI, new features, and more!

By Alicia Erlich on 22 Sep 2013 02:14 pm EDT
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Less than a year has passed since the initial release of SpaceTV Plus and the developer has been painstakingly working on new features and improvements. The results is the newly renamed SpaceTV which represents a complete graphical overhaul of the entire interface including the pages from top to bottom. For those who love gazing at the stars and want the latest NASA news and video, this is one update you don't want to pass up.

From the minute the startup screen appears to the redone help and about screen, every color, element, image, and format has been modified in one form or another. Even the homescreen icon has a facelift. It's an entirely new application rather than a mere update as the code has been entirely rewritten.

All of the developers hard work paid off with the new and improved UI which gives off a more polished and professional look especially on the main screen. Gone are the cartoon icons and circular layout. In its place, content is arranged uniformly on the screen in an active frame style with content previews.

Features

  • Stunning design
  • Built for BlackBerry certified
  • Available for the Z10, Q10, Q5, and Z30
  • Launchpad with section content preview (active panels)
  • Live NASA TV
  • Live video from the International Space Station
  • The best space related news from the best news sources available
  • Raw images from the Mars Science Laboratory / Curiosity Rover
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • Audio and Video Podcast streaming of the best space related podcasts

Diving into the individual pages themselves we see the changes and refreshes are evident here as well. In the news section, all articles are color coded for easy reading and are not too overpowering as well as providing additional sources. The astronomy picture of the day offers improved functionality meaning that not only can you share or set the image as wallpaper but you can view videos as well. This is to line up with NASA publishing video in place of images on certain days.

In addition, the curiosity images section offers more educational content so users can learn about the images themselves and the instruments used in taking them. Finally, the live view section not only automatically chooses the best video quality based on your available bandwidth but lets you select between NASA's TV Public stream and the International Space Station.

Now that all of these changes have been implemented, it's only fitting we take another tour of that brilliant new interface. Be sure to watch the video above to see it in action. 

Whether you are an enthusiast or just a casual observer, it offers great features, informative content, and is your complete one-stop shop for all your astronomy news and images for $0.99.

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Reader comments

SpaceTV ups its game with version 3.0 - enhanced UI, new features, and more!

35 Comments

I have this app and I highly recommend. Its awesome if you're into astronomy even a little bit. It's worth the money just for the Nasa TV live stream.

Posted via my Zzzeeyeaahh Baby

Very good native app from a dev that cares! This guy has actually mentored countless devs in the community (including myself) so if it weren't for him, many of the great apps you have on your phone today wouldn't exist!

Support this dev, he deserves it more than any of us (:

- Developer of 'Web Design Cheat Sheet' for BB10 (Posted via CB10)

He has been great, I've been providing feedback on the app since I first downloaded it months ago.. thanks to him and all the devs making great apps for BlackBerry 10.

Posted from my Zed10 via CB10, follow my channels C00121C1B

+1, he also helped me(along with other devs as Flip4Bytes and KermEd, you're great guys! lol) and keeps doing it!

Indeed he has done a very nice job and should be rewarded with at least a coffee. :)

Posted from my Zed10 via CB10, follow my channels C00121C1B

Awesome work! The app is all grown up and ready for prime time.. Worth every penny.. Great work bro...

Posted via CB10

I'm not that into space, but I downloaded it for the potential wallpapers it could provide. I'm definitely not disappointed with what I found.

Posted via CB10

Really worth the buck. Brilliant app. Check out the most recent mast-cam images from Curiosity! You can actually get a feel of martina backyard astronomy in action...

Posted via CB10

Awesome! I am glad you like the app. I am very open to implementing requested features, so if you have any brilliant ideas send them my way :)

That being said, I am open to some feedback there. Also, I highly recommend "What's Up" and/or "Star Tracker" for sky maps. They are both solid.

Gorgeous app Jeremy. Looks great on the Q10 :) Thanks for putting in the time and effort to make this.

Posted via CB10

Just something that might be worth looking into for your next app or as an add-on to this one: one of my favourite websites for astronomy and astrophysics news, Universe Today, has an app available in the Google Play store which shows you the phases of the moon. Nice simple UI, and really not a lot to it while still being functional. Might be worth looking into it, see if there's anything there that could be made to work for us BlackBerry users :)

Posted via CB10

Noted. Shouldn't be too difficult to implement. Thanks for downloading the app by the way.

Posted via CB10

I'm a space junkie and it was a no-brainer to drop $1 on this. My daughter is 6 and fascinated by space. She loves to Photo of the Day and the live ISS feed blew her mind.

Amazing app, keep it up.

One suggestion: Space calendar. Could this sync with the calendar to announce launches, interesting events in the sky, anything that could further the enjoyment of this app?

Posted via CB10

I really really wanted to do this, but I ran into snags with actually getting that data in a usable form. I'm still working on it though.

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