Swell Radio

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Description of App: 

Swell Radio lets you listen to personalized audio news and information for free from your mobile device. Enjoy quick and easy access to unlimited streaming audio from from iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN, BBC, CBC, TED and more!

Let Swell personalize your audio experience so you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying the content you’re interested in.
 
How does it work? Listen to what Swell plays. If you like it, keep listening. If not, just swipe to move on. Swell learns what you like as you go and will continue to deliver the content most relevant to you.
 
Features:
 
  • Simple design with big buttons, perfect for use while commuting, cooking, exercising, or just relaxing
  • Listen to specific topics such as News, Technology, Comedy, Music, Family and more
  • Bookmark content to listen to or share with friends later
  • Sign in using Twitter and Swell will seed content based on who you're following and your stream
  • Share content with friends via Email, Twitter or Facebook. Friends can listen, even if they don't have Swell!
Swell is changing the way you discover and enjoy audio content. 
 
"Swell is quickly becoming my favorite way to listen to spoken-word content." - Anthony Ha, Techcrunch
 
"It’s the perfect user interface for the car; and reflects what radio’s good at." - James Cridland, MediaUK
 
“One of my favorite apps that I’ve downloaded recently for consuming the news wasn’t, in fact, an RSS reader or another Twitter client — it was Swell, which launched in June as a Pandora-like app for podcasts.” - Eliza Kern, GigaOM
 
"If you’re a news radio junkie who doesn’t always know exactly what to listen to it’s worth checking out." - Thorin Klosowski, LifeHacker

Version: 

1.4

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 5

Accessibility Comments: 

All the features are accessible, accept for the list of search results on the search screen. However, it's perfectly possible to use the app without this feature, as its main purpose is listening in background and letting it pick interesting news and audio for you. I'm sure search will be fixed in future, as when this app was originally released, no buttons were labelled, and the slide out information could not be accessed. I emailed the developer, and this was fixed within a month.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

I love this app! It's the only personalized news app I have found that is smart enough to use my location to give me Canadian focused news. All the other apps I've tried give me exclusively US news.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@SwellApp